I am a Trainer – it says so on my Twitter Bio – so it must be true.
But has the ever-evolving language of HR, now made my Job Title old fashioned; irrelevant even?
Worse still; are we, in HR, in danger of becoming completely unintelligible to the rest of the world – (our wonderful employees)?
I ask, because recently I was asked to “Host a Learning Event”. “Sure”, I replied, “I am the Host with the Most!” (This phrase was entirely lost on the recipient who had never even heard of the great musical ‘Call me Madam’ – let alone watched it).
It is true that sometimes I facilitate (This is different to training, HR), Sometimes I coach and sometimes I mentor (Once again there is a difference that has become lost among many HR folk) And sometimes (rarely) I will combine Training, Facilitating and personal coaching over the course of a “Learning Event”.
I only “Host” when I am entertaining – when I am, for example hosting a new Product Launch for Sales folk, where my role is to tell a few funny stories and introduce the experts. Or presenting awards at a post conference dinner.
Now I am all for keeping up to date and, where necessary, changing titles to reflect new methodology or practices, but what is wrong with calling a Trainer who trains, a Trainer?
People, both inside and especially outside HR are getting confused. We do not know the difference between Training and Facilitating. We think that instruction and teaching are the same thing. I saw a lady recently who introduced herself as a coach and yet her role was to train groups of people! (Tip: that is not coaching).
I have clients who want me to “Coach Skills Learning” to 30 people at once. (Most of my clients are HR).
There are very few training departments in organisations nowadays. Learning & Development is fine, but please, HR, know what the difference is.
We now have Talent Management Departments and Talent Acquisition Sections. Many of them do not have a written definition of Talent. What is the difference between Learning and Training (By the way I know … do you?)
I don’t want to come across as a Grammar Nazi, but language is important in that the we need to communicate so that the receiver of the communication understands what the communicator sent.
Asking me to host a learning event is confusing for the organiser, me, and the recipients – who by the way, just want to be trained.
I am a Trainer – people know what that means, I know what that means – but HR don’t know.
Get Real, HR, and call it like it is.