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If you have a question you’d like to see answered, please send it to askatrainer@td.org.

Not all questions will be answered but we will get to as many as we can. Please try to keep questions to 200 words or fewer. Any submitted question may be published on TD.org and shared on social media. Posted questions may be edited for content or clarity, and will be kept anonymous.

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, February 18, 2020
Hello, Tim, I’ve been in L&D for a while, primarily working for companies whose employees are based in small, centralized offices and working standard nine to five business hours. During...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Dear Tim, I work at a small firm that clients hire to design and deliver training sessions. I’m having a problem with clients who want us to cut corners with our content but still reap the...
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Hi, Tim! I work as a relatively new instructional technologist at a major university in the Midwest. This week I’ll be attending ATD TechKnowledge, which happens to be my first conference....
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Tim, I’d like to get your thoughts on something that’s been stumping me for quite some time. ADDIE versus SAM—which one is better? Here’s why I ask. I’ve been working as an instructional...
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Dear Tim, I need some help figuring out the best way to design blended learning, but let me give you some context first. My learning and development team has been working to define our...
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Hi Tim, I work as the director of learning for a large manufacturing company, and this year I have been fortunate enough to be given the budget to expand my instructional design team. While...
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Dear Tim, I’m reaching out to get some tips for submitting and speaking at my first learning conference. Over the years, I’ve attended the ATD International Conference & EXPO, ATD...
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Hi Tim, I began working as an e-learning designer about a year ago. During that time, I’ve been learning about the e-learning development process, and I have a question regarding the pros...
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Hi Tim,I work as a learning experience designer, designing and developing learning programs. Some days I develop instructor-led courses, and other days I build e-learning courses. I really...
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Dear Tim,A few years ago, I started a job at a small nonprofit. It isn’t a talent development job, per se, but it involves a lot of instructional design and training delivery, and those...
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Tim, I’ve been working as an e-learning specialist for the past few years and I love it! During this time, I’ve realized that I have a true talent and passion for e-learning design and...
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Dear Tim, I’ve been working in the world of L&D for a few years, focused mostly on designing and facilitating new employee onboarding and training for entry-level employees. However, I’ve...
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Hi Tim, I currently work as a senior instructional designer for a large technology company on the East Coast. In addition to designing and developing learning content, I’m responsible for...
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Dear Tim, I work as a freelance e-learning designer. Recently, I was talking with a potential client who wanted to convert several days’ worth of classroom-based content into e-learning....
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Dear Tim, I am a facilitator teaching courses within a limited timeframe. I rarely have the time to explore content outside the prescribed curriculum. However, I’m often challenged with...
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Dear Tim, What other professional conferences would you recommend attending besides the ATD International Conference & Exposition? I know this one is the industry standard, and I hope to go...
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Dear Tim, Our company is starting to put a greater focus on e-learning and less on in-person training. However, we have an issue with our content—it changes on a regular basis, which I’m...
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Dear Tim, My job involves facilitating diversity and inclusion workshops, which can touch on controversial topics. While my training sessions are sometimes met with initial resistance from...
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Friday, September 20, 2019
What do you do if a learner falls asleep in your class or (even worse) storms out halfway through? How do you navigate working with unresponsive SMEs or with business leaders whose training...
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