Fishing Lessons

Can you build a training program for us?

A question that sounds familiar to learning professionals everywhere. You want to serve your client, but you have other clients. You’re revamping your new hire program, building training for several corporate projects, and developing courses that will boost the capabilities of your workforce.

So how do you put it all together?

There are some situations where you don’t have the bandwidth to do what your clients want in exactly the way they are asking. Sometimes you have to teach a team to fish.

Develop a set of templates for job aids and PowerPoint presentations. Create facilitation and presentation standards. Curate a collection of ice breakers and energizers. Make these resources easily available.

Perhaps your workload doesn’t allow you to build that program right away. However, you can help your client immediately by connecting them to these resources and providing consultation for using them. Teach them how to fish!

Now, you’ve provided your client a service without over-stretching your team. You’ve taught a team how to develop themselves in a way that is consistent with your learning standards. You’ve created a mini extension of your team.

Published by Terrence Shelton

I am a lifelong learner, husband, and father of three. I am also the VP of Learning and Development at Golden 1 Credit Union where I’ve worked for more than 20 years. I have over 10 years as a learning professional. I have a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication from CSU-Sacramento. My personal values are respect, integrity, positivity, and creating opportunity for myself and all others. This blog allows me to live in those values as I aim to create an opportunity for learning, discussion, and growth for anyone who engages with this site.

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