Detailed Book Information
Maybe you know the drill: youve never spoken before a group in your life but you happen to be the only person in the office who knows the ins and outs of a complicated software package and someone up there has decided you should share your knowledge with the rest of the company. Maybe youve been singled out because you are a natural at customer service and your boss wants you to teach your secrets to everyone else in your department. Or maybe you were delegated an assignment to research and report on the latest findings on performance appraisals and part of your mission will be to conduct a training on this delicate topic. In all of these examples, voila, youre an instant trainer!
As training budgets are slashed and organizational change becomes commonplace, more and more public sector agencies and businesses are turning inward for training, education, and skill building. Employees who have never spoken to more than three people at a time are now being expected to conduct extensive training sessions, educational programs, and speeches efficiently and effectively, despite their inexperience. Thank goodness for the Instant Trainer!
Have any questions about that unexpected training session youre supposed to conduct next week? Just look it up in the Instant Trainer. Written with warmth and enthusiasm, the Instant Trainer is a Dear Abby of the adult classroom and workplace learning. If you have a question, we just might have the answer. Not only will you find what you need in this book,youll enjoy the process.
Appropriate audiences for The Instant Trainer include employees who are asked to teach, train, or inform their peers, clients, or prospects, while lacking extensive presentation skills, public speaking, or training experience. This book is appropriate for new internal trainers or consultants, as well as experienced trainers who are always looking for new ideas on how to educate, stimulate, and motivate their learners.
Once upon a time, I wanted to write a book about training. I found a title (The Trainers Encyclopedia), a format (A through Z situations on classroom training and teaching adult learners), and I wrote my first chapter, but then I stopped. Who was I to think I could write a book? The file sat on my computer, untouched for years. I diligently transferred the file from one computer to another as I upgraded, and one day I promised myself that this book would either get written, or Id throw away the file and be done with it.
The prospect of writing a proposal, finding an agent, and selling the idea to a publisher seemed overwhelming so I asked a friend and colleague if she had any interest in working on this project with me. To my good fortune, she said yes. Together we decided on a title, brainstormed the format, outlined the topics, and wrote the proposal. Within eighteen months, The Instant Trainer was a book. The moral of the story? If you lack the confidence to go it alone on a big project, find someone to accompany you.
Chris Clarke-Epstein did that for me with this book, and this book will
do exactly that for you. Thanks to the wisdom and wit of the Instant Trainers,
you, too, can have a kindred spirit to be there with you, in all of your
Question: What do you get when you take two well-respected trainers, authors and speakers, and have them create a collection of sage advice especially designed for new or first-time trainers?
Answer: The book youre holding in your hands.
Question: What do you get when these same two trainers and speakers, both members of the American Society for Training and Development, both of whom serve on the national board of directors for the National Speakers Association, combine their training expertise, inimitable personalities, professional experience, sense of humor, and practical Midwestern advice?
Answer: The book youre holding in your hands.
If youre not yet completely intrigued, please read on! Chris Clarke-Epstein
and C. Leslie Charles have created a wonderful book for every new or first-time
trainer or facilitator. In this special one-stop shopping
resource you will find the equivalent of a seasoned trainers lifetime
of lessons learned. Easy to read and full of personality, the book has
the answers to the most often asked questions posed by new trainers and
What will this book do for you? It will help you prevent disasters and apply proven training techniques that will make you look and feel more experienced than you are. Special behind-the-scenes advice will build your confidence and help you avoid the common pitfalls that contribute to poor training. What more could you ask for?
Written with the perfect blend of professionalism and personality by two consummate trainers who earnestly care about your success and that of your learners, the Instant Trainer will not only find its place on your trainers bookshelf, it will find itself in your hands often! Enjoy!