As my son staggered out of school, arms laden with book-bag, paintings, certificate, PE kit, water bottle and coat, I found myself shouting...
'Crackerjack!' As I chuckled to myself, I saw the bemused faces of other parents around me, most of whom had no clue what the hell I was going on about!
Things we once said (and used) change over time. When I first started out in my ‘Training’ career (Learning and Development hadn't been invented yet!) these were the tools of my trade:
I got the acetates ready for the OHP (and hoped it wouldn’t overheat) I handed over floppy-disks to get print-outs created (and hoped I hadn't creased the disk)
I set up the VHS to play a clip I'd recorded from terrestrial TV (and hoped the pause button didn't deactivate before I pressed play)
I followed a set of prescribed activities to run my training sessions (and hoped the audience just ‘got it!’)
We’ve come a long way, from acetates to smart boards, from Floppy-disk to Cloud storage, from VHS to YouTube, and from Trainer lead to Learner lead.
The next decade looks set to be dominated with Neuroscience, VR and being Knowledge Curators. Reminiscing about the past isn’t a bad thing, we just need to remember that not everyone started the journey at the same time as us. ‘Crackerjack!’
Learning doesn't just happen in a training session. It happens all around us! Follow my ramblings and continue to see the world in a different light!