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Inspirational or a waste of precious slacking-off time? I once went on a buzzword bingo-laden training course which ended up with my being held at gunpoint in public. Could have gone better, to be honest. Tell us your tales from either side of the lectern

(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 15:01)
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Come suckle on the teat of my experience
I've been on quite a few. The only constant is this guy here www.b3ta.com/questions/trainingcourses/post1562323

There's always at least one of these on every course. They sit with their arms folded harrumphing and shaking their heads. Refusing to take part and disrupting where they can, going out of their way to sabotage.

Sometimes their devil may care attitude effects some of the younger more impressionable delegates and a cabal of non-conformity is created.

Take closer look at these fuckers. It's a journey-man, a jobs-worth or a fuck-up. The 45 year old who had his last promotion 20 years ago, the guy who, without fail arrives at 9:01 an leaves at 4:59 and has a cheese sandwich for lunch every fucking day.

These people don't want to learn anything because they can't learn anything.

It's 8 hours out of the normal working day. Go with the flow and see what happens, sometimes you'll learn something that'll really help. Sometimes it might seem brilliant but turn out to be bollocks, but it's cost you nothing.

Right, that's training. My advice for conferences is to make a bee line for the the slightly overweight girl from payroll with confidence issues.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 20:52, 8 replies)
Sage advice
Although I would be very impressed if I managed to lay a cable of more impressionable delegates.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 20:54, closed)
give me a second...

(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 20:55, closed)
Payroll ... Sage
I get it!!!
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 22:43, closed)
Cool story.
I have colleagues, too.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 21:00, closed)
The bi weekly jobs advisor isn't a colleague MM.

(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 21:07, closed)
I like your classy attitude,
almost to the point of being your namesake.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 21:27, closed)
Or, very occasionally, they actually know it already
I had to sit through a whole day of electrical safety training one when I had a lot of real work to do. In fairness I did get a few interesting facts, but in terms of actually useful info aplicable to the job, nada, it ended up with us telling him which bits of the inside of a TV were safe to touch.

I should probably have had a better attitude, but it was very dull and utterly pointless and the man had the teaching skills of cardboard.
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 12:46, closed)
Yep. Seen them.
As the organisation I work for has many IT-developed productivity/tracking applications, each of which needs about 2 days' training on, and most people have to at least pretend they know how they work, the people who write the applications have to then teach about 2,000 people themselves, in groups of 6 at a time. People who don't want to be there, people who won't use the application and a large proportion of people who think they're so clever at what they do, they won't ever have to stoop to learning something new that someone else does.

This usually leads to at least one person arguing with the creator of the app about how they've done it wrong, which is never going to result in everyone getting out on time- such a person insists on doggedly insisting on a point, asking the same query in several different ways and then interrupting the training to draw on the white board to get their point across. Always that sinking feeling of gloom when the final bit of training is completed and 'so...any questions?' elicits the reply "Well, YES actually..." and you know you're not getting out of there on time.
(, Sun 18 Mar 2012, 13:27, closed)
I think what you've done there
is created a portmanteau.

The one refusing to take part is not the one who disrupts.

I'm the 45 year old who refuses to take part, and I can promise you the very last thing I'd do is harrumph, or disrupt.

The one that disrupts is the 'I'm funny' guy.
(, Mon 19 Mar 2012, 14:03, closed)

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