Linking In with Matt

Matthew Richter posts daily comments in LinkedIn—well almost daily. You can follow him and join the conversation by going to For the benefit of our readers, we decide to compile and reprint some of his provocative pieces from the past. Let us know what you think.

Ignore the Trainer

The best trainers aren't memorable trainers. The experience may be journal worthy. The lessons learned from the activities may stick with a participant for years to come. But the trainer... the trainer should merely be the conduit between the learners' experience and desired outcomes. As you know, I like my clichés. We trainers should be a guide on the side and not sage on the stage. If you choose to be the focal point, the entertainer, you have missed the mark.

 Don’t Need Slick Stuff

I don't like fancy, branded, slick training materials for participants. First, changes are hard to make to them. Second, the look and feel take on a level of importance far greater than the substance in them. Training materials should be neat, clean, and easy to read. They should be directly related to the activities in the workshop and no more. I often only use one or two page handouts as references for our games. Heck-- go green and paperless, preferably mobile friendly. Too many trainers spend way too much time on making materials and not near enough time finding the appropriate activities to reach the desired outcomes. Real training excellence comes from the process, not the book.