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Introducing Ask a Trainer

Friday, September 20, 2019
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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 needs keep changing?

The training industry is full of these challenging questions but is often short on answers. That’s why ATD is thrilled to announce the launch of our new advice column, Ask a Trainer. This column is a space for talent development professionals to ask confidential questions on training dilemmas, instructional design snafus, e-learning hassles, and any other challenges that come their way. Readers can email their questions to askatrainer@td.org. Each Tuesday a new Ask a Trainer insight on TD.org will answer reader questions with thoughtful, practical, and entertaining advice.

The advice on Ask a Trainer will be given by Tim Slade, a speaker, author, and award-winning freelance e-learning designer. Tim has been working in learning and development for more than a decade, and he’s seen it all! He’s facilitated in the classroom, consulted with SMEs, managed a global e-learning team, and designed and developed countless e-learning courses.

If you’ve ever ran into a learning and development road bump, Tim can help you out with practical advice along with some funny stories and strong opinions.

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So, do you have a burning question you want to ask? Send your questions to askatrainer@td.org! The first post will be released on October 1.

Guidelines for Asking Questions

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 try to 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.

About the Author

Eliza Blanchard, APTD, is ATD's Learning & Development content manager. Contact her at eblanchard@td.org.

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Just to make sure I'm understanding, there is no "Ask a Trainer" page that I should follow. Instead, if I'm interested in the questions that others are asking, I can just read the summary/review that you include in the newsletters. Right?
Thanks! And this sounds like a great idea, BTW...
Hi Jocelyn -we actually just created a central hub for these posts, which you can find here: https://www.td.org/ask-a-trainer. New posts will be added weekly. Thank you!
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Hey Jocelyn! Right now, there's isn't a centralized hub for Ask a Trainer, but it's something the ATD folks are looking into. Right now, since we're in the early stages, they're just posting the questions and my answers as individual posts. However, if you search for Ask a Trainer (with the search field at the top), it'll bring up the articles. I hope that helps for now! :)
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Can a person subscribe so that when answers are posted he or she is notified?
Great! Thanks Eliza!
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Hi Dan - once someone's question has been answered, we'll email them a link to the post. We'll also be including Ask a Trainer posts in our Instructional Design and Training Delivery newsletters, which you can subscribe to here: https://emailprofile.td.org/My.
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I tried to send a question, but it bounced back as "Delivery has failed"?
Thanks Eliza, the question has been resent.
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Hi Keith - sorry about that, the email address is working now.
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