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Training is on my mind this week. When you have the expectation that coworkers will teach each other upon their return from conferences or training, you magnify the impact of time and money spent on the training and conferences. And, managers, in any position, need to know how to deliver training. Training is powerful when it comes from the boss.

I am debrifing the annual Society for Human Resources Management conference with our HR staff this week on Friday. You can expect to see some comments arising from this debrief. In the meantime, did you attend? And, what impressed you about the conference, the speakers, or the site? Please respond in "comments" below.

You can make training and/or conference debriefing part of a weekly lunch, or you can schedule sessions for participants to share information they gleaned with colleagues. However you choose to have participants present information, this debriefing must be part of the follow-up to attendance at training or conferences.

Or, you are, essentially, limiting the impact of the money you spend. Remember, too, that the best test of whether an employee has learned is determined by their ability to share the knowledge with and teach others.

More Tips for Training Transfer

  • Training Can Make a Difference.
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  • Quote of the Week - More Quotes

    One of my husband's favorite quotes is also one of mine. I have shared with you, in the past, that I am a science fiction fan and I have read almost everything that Robert Heinlein ever wrote. This quote is a clear picture of why.

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." --Robert A. Heinlein (Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Robert Heinlein's Time Enough for Love)

    Interested in more quotes from Robert A. Heinlein? Take a look at his quotes consolidated on John Petrie's Web site.

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