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How Do You Choose a Training Seminar?

Posted April 22, 2011 8:30 AM by Steve Melito

"Is conflict running rampant in your workplace?" asked the latest in a long line of training-seminar emails to hit my inbox. "Don't let unchecked anger, out-of-control emotions, or toxic personalities rule your workplace for another minute!" Then the sales pitch for this one-hour audio seminar continued, promising me that I'd "master the tools and techniques" for defusing "volatile situations" in the office. A "special section" would teach me how to deal with "jerks", too, which the email defined as "those who simply rub you the wrong way".

If you're less than impressed with this training seminar, you're not alone. Buzzwords such as "toxic people" and "targeted training" (never mind "jerks") may sound good to the ears of an author, but what do they really say about the service that the trainer plans to provide? So how do you choose a training seminar for yourself or your employees? Do you stick with reputable vendors or demand a course syllabus upfront? And how do you get approval to attend and pay for training? Does your company limit training opportunities to subjects such as lean manufacturing, or are employees feel to hone their "soft skills" in seminars such as "dealing with difficult people".

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04/22/2011 11:08 PM

I'm going the other way, and saying we need to saturate the market with exactly this kind of training, because i seem to be ever surrounded with them , employed by them, etc... (toxic personalities, power mongers, jerks, dickheads, pricks, bastards, backstabbers, control freaks, and angry a$$holes, etc.)

Training may not be enough to get through to them. I'm about at my limit.

In my current job, I would bet money that such training will never occur... call me disillusioned.

I guess I need to go work on my attitude now...

Chris

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04/23/2011 12:34 AM

It is necessary for the staffs to keep on updating their knowledge and skills in order to keep abreast the continuously evolving changes in science &technology. This can be accomplished only by proper training course based on well-defined syllabus and curriculum. Training is a continuous process because there is no end to learning and a person has to learn continuously. Training is a part of professional development. Sky is the limit for training.

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04/23/2011 1:30 AM

I would never select a training seminar to which I was introduced via unsolicited advertising. When I feel the need for training, I will do due diligence research, identify appropriate professional providers with appropriate credentials, request a preview of course materials to evaluate the appropriateness, and look for reviews by both satisfied and displeased previous customers. If there are any candidate providers left standing, I will consider them, while I also have a look around the local community (i.e., universities, etc.) where I may find someone willing and able to provide the needed training, who won't disappear after the fact, but will be available for future follow up and possibly future consulting to insure that the training has had the desired effect.

I also automatically filter out any e-mails received with the words "seminar" or "webinar" in the subject line as spam.

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04/23/2011 10:07 PM

If there is rampant conflict in your workplace, you must decide whether you need a referee or a hit man. Most seminars probably do not entertain the latter option.

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