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Trainers are not presenters

Trainers rarely consider themselves to be “presenters.” I’ve often contemplated why this is and what the difference is between presenting and training.  This morning, I saw this quote by Sir Winston Churchill, which crystallized my thinking.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Presenting takes courage to stand up and speak, indeed.  Training takes courage (and skill) to do both, stand and speak AND sit and listen. Trainers are more than presenters of information; they facilitate a learning process, complete with trial, error, questioning, analyzing, discussing, practicing, remembering. Training is about helping learners fall down and get back up, about digging in and getting dirty. Presenting is practiced, polished, and clean. No wonder trainers have so much fun!

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