Do You Leverage Your Own Informal Learning?

February 19, 2014

In training, we certainly talk a lot about informal learning. But as training professionals, are we leveraging the power of it for ourselves?

When I (Wendy) was a training manager about a decade ago, I joined my local ASTD chapter with the goal of networking with other training professionals. I didn’t have any particularly high expectations for the value, but was really struck by how a few hours and little investment really benefited me.

I met a number of people who worked near my area, and we agreed to meet for lunch weekly just to talk and share ideas. We talked about training programs, job aids, challenging situations and whatever was top of mind for each of us. I came away from each lunch with numerous ideas and tools that immediately helped me, all for the price of my own lunch and an hour that would have been devoted to lunch anyway.

If your resources are tight, creating your own informal learning committee is a time and cost-effective way to exchange ideas and tools. Even if you have an ample budget, cross-pollinating ideas with professionals from non-competitive industries keeps things fresh.

I am sure this tip is something many of you have already implemented. Please share your ideas and thoughts in our discussion in the Kirkpatrick Evaluation discussion group in LinkedIn, or by logging in and commenting below.Don’t Miss a Feature

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Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification – Bronze Level

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Meaningful Training Evaluation: It Isn’t So Complicated

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