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Embrace the Gritty Reality of Training

Ever watched half your class stomp out on you? Fallen asleep facilitating a creativity workshop? Planned a bulletproof lesson plan then dropped it 10 minutes after you started? Don’t worry—it’s fine to confess.

If you have faced a surprise in the training room, chances are Jonathan Halls has seen it too. As a result, he doesn’t pretend to be a shiny happy trainer anymore; his 25-plus years of training and facilitating in 25 countries have taught him not to stress over a less-than-flawless class—and helped him focus less on himself and more on letting his learners shine.

In Confessions of a Corporate Trainer: An Insider Tells All, Jonathan tells relatable and charming stories of what corporate training is really about, drawing from his highly rated train-the-trainer workshops and hundreds of honest conversations with like-minded trainers.

He recounts the curve ball he was thrown midway through a change management workshop in Zagreb, Croatia—and how it showed him the futility of overplanning. He shares the time a fire alarm disrupted a training program he led in Washington, D.C., and how he embraced the interruption. And he reflects on what conspires to knock trainers off their game (psst: demanding clients, heavy workloads, and frequent travel are only a few of the culprits).

Discover the gritty reality of training. Confessions of a Corporate Trainer will entertain you, challenge you, and remind you why you as a trainer are so important in today’s workplace.

Confessions of a Corporate Trainer is the recipient of a Gold Star Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program.

Book Details
ISBN: 9781947308923
Pages: 200
Publication Date:
Formats: Paperback, PDF
Product Code: 111907

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CPLP, President and Chief People Development Partner, Develop PEOPLE
Jonathan Halls has revealed that the emperor has no clothes! As always, his experience, candor, and wit shine through as Jonathan unveils the truth behind what real learning professionals do, and don't do, to accomplish their mission of helping people perform more effectively in the workplace.
CPLP, Institutional Effectiveness Department, National Intelligence University
In Confessions of a Corporate Trainer, Jonathan Halls practices what he preaches by helping readers actually learn how to increase training’s value. Unlike an ever-expanding number of titles on the topic of training, this book offers tips that are easy to apply, are proven to work, and allow for training-related conversations with senior leaders that are unlikely to make their eyes glaze over with talk of adult learning theory or the latest faddish buzzword.
Confessions of a Corporate Trainer focuses on resilience, adaptation, and providing real value to the learner. Full of practical and helpful references, tricks, and tips for course curriculum, Hall’s book is an asset to anyone who spends time in front of people--whether they're trainers or not.
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He facilitated the ATD Master Trainer course I attended. Jonathan is THE MAN. I definitely want to read this!
Did he run a workshop with the same title at ATD last year? I missed it and wanted to hear what he said.
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