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The training industry is full of challenging questions but is often short on answers.

ATD’s advice column, Ask a Trainer, aims to fix that.

This column is a space for talent development professionals to ask confidential questions and receive advice on training dilemmas, instructional design snafus, e-learning hassles, and any other challenges that come their way.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Tamar Elkeles offers her advice about how learning professionals can grow their organizations’ learning function.Dear Tamar,I am currently a...
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
During the last few years, more and more organizations have been making greater efforts toward ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a top priority in their day-to-day...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Dear Tim, I’ve been reading your Ask a Trainer column over the last several months, so I know you have experience designing for e-learning, in-person training, and virtual instructor-led...
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Ryan Gottfredson explains how leaders can translate good intentions into positive outcomes.Dear Ryan,I was recently offered a promotion to a...
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Hey Tim, I’m an instructional designer, who has recently been tasked with developing a series of e-learning courses. While I know the basics concepts of e-learning design, I’m struggling...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Britt Andreatta discusses principles of learning science that can be applied to virtual learning.Dear Britt,I’m a learning experience designer, and...
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Monday, July 27, 2020
If I’m being 100 percent honest, one thing I’ve always dreaded about my job is working with stakeholders and subject matter experts who tend to be more difficult. Whether it’s because they’...
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Dear Tim, I’m an instructional designer with more than 10 years of experience, and I have been at my current job for around four years. I enjoy my work, and my organization seems relatively...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Will Thalheimer addresses whether trainers evaluate too much or not enough.Dear Will,I’m a talent development manager and I’m pretty lucky—I work at...
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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hi Tim, I’ve been following you over the last few years, and I know you’ve been freelancing for quite some time. I started freelancing fulltime last year, and I’ve been struggling with how...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Jim Kirkpatrick offers advice on working with managers to evaluate learning and performance.Dear Jim,I’m a training manager struggling with how to...
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Monday, June 29, 2020
It’s truly amazing to think about how much our industry (and the world) has changed in the last few months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are we working from home, but we’re...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Tim, I work as the director of learning for a national logistics and distribution company. A major part of my job is working with our internal stakeholders to identify their learning needs...
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In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Jack and Patti Phillips weigh in about why it’s important for trainers to understand ROI.Dear Jack and Patti,I’ve worked in the talent development...
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
This week, we wanted to take a quick break from our normal Q&A to share an exciting expansion of the Ask a Trainer series. Back in October 2019, we started the Ask a Trainer advice column...
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Rance Greene, author of Instructional Story Design: Develop Stories That Train, explains how trainers can choose instructional stories.Dear Rance,...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Hello, Tim! I’m a classroom and virtual facilitator working for a technology company in the Seattle area. During the last few months, we’ve experimented with inviting some of our subject...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
In this week’s Ask a Trainer guest post, Michael O’Brien advises how trainers can impress executives when pitching new learning initiatives. Dear Michael, I am a midlevel trainer at my...
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Hi, Tim! I’ve been working as an instructional designer and e-learning developer for a large corporate organization during the past eight years. Recently, I’ve been thinking about what’s...
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Ask a Trainer is introducing guest posts where a talent development expert weighs in on a problem that trainers are facing. In this week’s post, Bruce Tulgan discusses delivering training...
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