In short, Telling Ain’t Training is a valuable reference guide for anyone who is in a training or informal education setting. If for nothing else, the authors do a fantastic job explaining why SMEs don’t always make the best teachers and providing guidance around how to get them where they need to be. Additionally, the chapter(s) on technology provide some critical and salient advice about what to keep in mind when deciding if your training will benefit from technology, most notable the potential benefits and the pitfalls you might run into. You can pick up a copy on Amazon here.
If you’re looking for activities that you can incorporate into training or adult learning sessions, I highly recommend Marcia L. Tate’s Sit and Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain (you can buy it here on Amazon).
And in case you missed it, check out the other six posts in this series:
- Telling Ain’t Training – Pt I: Understanding Your Learner
- Telling Ain’t Training; Pt 2: Blame Isn’t the Solution
- Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 3: Training the Right Way
- Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 4: Confirming and Corrective Feedback
- Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 5: Training in a Collaborative Workplace
- Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 6: Technology Integration