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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, 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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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Dear Tim, I work as a learning program manager for a large restaurant chain, and we’ve been working hard these past few weeks to virtualize our learning content in response to the COVID-19...
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Tuesday, April 21, 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, Connie Malamed tackles how to reinforce...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Hey Tim, Like so many others, with the recent events, my organization has had to make the quick transition to virtualizing our in-person courses. While we’ve done a pretty good job prepping...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Hey Tim, I’ve been working in talent development since I graduated from college five years ago. During that time, the economy has been strong and my employer has really prioritized talent...
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear Tim, I’m a trainer at a medium-sized organization and, as is the case with many people right now, my work is being affected by the coronavirus outbreak. My in-person training sessions...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Hi Tim, I’ve been working as a K-12 teacher for more than 10 years, and I’ve started thinking about what’s next in my career. I love teaching but I’m ready for something new. While my focus...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Dear Tim, I’m an instructional designer reporting up to an L&D manager at a tech company. My workplace, like most, is increasingly dominated by millennial and Gen Z employees. Because of...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Hi, Tim. I lead a learning team for a large manufacturing company, and we’ve been having ongoing issues with our subject matter experts creating and delivering their own learning content....
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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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