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What are the top 3 traits or skills every training manager must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your training manager expertise?

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wendy jean etienne in Columbia, South Carolina

130 months ago

1. Listen to your trainees opinions and ideas their is always something we can all learn from each other.
2. Keep your instructions simple,always let them feel their
contribution is important to the company.
3 Make the training fun and informative

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Lucy in Charlotte, North Carolina

116 months ago

These are not the top three tips for a Training Manager- these are the top three tips for a decent Trainer- there is an important difference between managing training and being a trainer. People who are great trainers many times do not make great managers of training. In order to be a Training Manager its important to understand how to think strategically, how to run a business, how to forcast-- all these have to be done while thinking about the key factors in business- such as the product, the people-recruitment and retention- and staying competetive-- you really must be able to visualize and then based on experience plan out and implement a functional highly competetive plan for the training and management of training folks. So if you feel you are more the type to "teach" people and or be a fascilitator or subject matter expert in a particular area- then you are less interested in being a Training Manager then a Trainer or Training Specialist. I recommend getting a general BA in something human resources related or communications- something with a diverse platform in psychology, adult leanring and organizational development-- after several years of expereince as a trainer- you may decide you are interested in the management aspect- at taht time it would behoove you to ear a Master's degree in Org Sciences or Or Development- or and MBA with some classes in Organization Sciences and Adult learning. Hope this helps- Good luck!

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leah in Johannesburg, South Africa

110 months ago

great comments. I am a street smart who has worked her way up from call centre, customer service, training and now a training manager. its amazing how folk who have been previlaged to study struggle to apply in the real world. I find that my hard walk and path on experience has empowered me with new ideas and applicable methods that maybe should be simulated/recommended for those who walk in from the years of study. Learning and development is more than ebing able to run a business or analyse people, its in showing that you too are able to learn and apply in the ever changing industry. i have successfully run my depatment and had a positive ROI for the organisationa and am yet to find the spare minute to register for MBA.

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Horner

73 months ago

leah in Johannesburg, South Africa said: great comments. I am a street smart who has worked her way up from call centre, customer service, training and now a training manager. its amazing how folk who have been previlaged to study struggle to apply in the real world. I find that my hard walk and path on experience has empowered me with new ideas and applicable methods that maybe should be simulated/recommended for those who walk in from the years of study. Learning and development is more than ebing able to run a business or analyse people, its in showing that you too are able to learn and apply in the ever changing industry. i have successfully run my depatment and had a positive ROI for the organisationa and am yet to find the spare minute to register for MBA.

Good for you! :-) So true.

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