Summary of The Professional Trainer

A Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Delivering, and Evaluating Training Programs

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The Professional Trainer book summary
How to build a training program that works, from training the trainers to teaching adults as if they are grown-ups.


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Training has become increasingly sophisticated over the past couple of decades. The bored instructor standing in front of a classroom lecturing 25 equally bored adults is nearly extinct. These days, innovation is zooming up the information highway and companies are trying to keep their people ahead of the curve. Consequently, training programs have become more important, finding competent trainers is crucial, and evaluating the learning experience and its results is a business imperative. Moreover, corporate leaders expect their training programs to deliver solid returns, paid in the form of measurable results. Just because employees complete a training program and come back to work doesn’t mean they can meet their jobs’ new challenges. Robert H. Vaughn may not transform you into a perfect trainer – that takes years of experience. But you’ll be lots wiser after reading this book, which getAbstract recommends to all kinds of trainers, from seasoned veterans to bright-eyed newcomers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to determine the specific training needs of your company and its employees
  • How to formulate and execute a comprehensive training program
  • How to measure the success of a training program


Training for the Future
The rapid evolution of technology in the business world has caused dramatic change in many areas, including training. Depending upon the organization or the need, companies use a wide range of individuals with varying degrees of expertise as trainers. Managers at...
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About the Author

Dr. Robert H. Vaughn, founder and president of a management services firm, has consulted or conducted training programs for nearly 100 organizations. He is the former dean of business at Lakeland Community College in Ohio.

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