Podcasting for fashionista learning professionals

December 19, 2007

ring_with_microphone.jpgWell, I don’t know about you but I’m sure more people would want to be interviewed by me if they could speak into a snazzy microphone ring. Imagine the envy of your friends when you are recording impromptu moblogs looking like Inspector Gadget. It seems to be sold out now but hey, still not to late to put it on your holiday wish list. You could also do some stealth recording of uncooperative SMEs in action. Bling. Bling. Etsy :: analogue ring via Shiny Shiny

(aside: can’t we think of something better than “learning professional”?)

  • http://www.eppic.biz Guy W Wallace

    How about: Performance Improvement Consultant – a PIC – because Performance Improvement Specialist will never fly. After all…isn’t it about improving one’s ability to perform?

    Love your Posts!

    Guy Wallace

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Hi Guy-
    PIC. I’m thinking about this, trying not to hurt myself..

    At the gut level, PI (for me) brings thoughts of external consultants and internal employees working on the HR-side of the house…competencies, talent managment, etc. and not so much on the design & development or facilatator roles…the prescribers of instruction(what I see as the training side of the house).

    My beef with ‘professional’ is that no one would ever say they were a learning ‘unprofessional’so it’s just this blanket term for everyone in the field. We are all professionals…
    (it would make for an interesting publication title : ) {e-learning for unprofessionals, dinosaurs, and bears…oh my!!!})

    And learning…well, that’s an elusive definition and very open for discussion based on what learning theory you believe in – i.e., how you describe learning.

    I just posted about an ASTD webcast by Marc Rosenberg. He said learning professionals need to teach others how to be learning professionals. In other words, we need to train people how to learn. Professional learners.

    We’ve got 100s of titles in our industry much like the medical profession. So “safety for medical professionals” is for doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, etc. On wikipedia, medical redirects to medicine… “the science and ‘art’ of maintaining and/or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.” Something given.

    Do we (as a profession) give learning? No.

    So I don’t think learning professional is an accurate blanket term (my opinion).

    Ouch, my brain hurts.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Hi Guy-
    PIC. I’m thinking about this, trying not to hurt myself..

    At the gut level, PI (for me) brings thoughts of external consultants and internal employees working on the HR-side of the house…competencies, talent managment, etc. and not so much on the design & development or facilatator roles…the prescribers of instruction(what I see as the training side of the house).

    My beef with ‘professional’ is that no one would ever say they were a learning ‘unprofessional’so it’s just this blanket term for everyone in the field. We are all professionals…
    (it would make for an interesting publication title : ) {e-learning for unprofessionals, dinosaurs, and bears…oh my!!!})

    And learning…well, that’s an elusive definition and very open for discussion based on what learning theory you believe in – i.e., how you describe learning.

    I just posted about an ASTD webcast by Marc Rosenberg. He said learning professionals need to teach others how to be learning professionals. In other words, we need to train people how to learn. Professional learners.

    We’ve got 100s of titles in our industry much like the medical profession. So “safety for medical professionals” is for doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, etc. On wikipedia, medical redirects to medicine… “the science and ‘art’ of maintaining and/or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.” Something given.

    Do we (as a profession) give learning? No.

    So I don’t think learning professional is an accurate blanket term (my opinion).

    Ouch, my brain hurts.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Hi Guy-
    PIC. I’m thinking about this, trying not to hurt myself..

    At the gut level, PI (for me) brings thoughts of external consultants and internal employees working on the HR-side of the house…competencies, talent managment, etc. and not so much on the design & development or facilatator roles…the prescribers of instruction(what I see as the training side of the house).

    My beef with ‘professional’ is that no one would ever say they were a learning ‘unprofessional’so it’s just this blanket term for everyone in the field. We are all professionals…
    (it would make for an interesting publication title : ) {e-learning for unprofessionals, dinosaurs, and bears…oh my!!!})

    And learning…well, that’s an elusive definition and very open for discussion based on what learning theory you believe in – i.e., how you describe learning.

    I just posted about an ASTD webcast by Marc Rosenberg. He said learning professionals need to teach others how to be learning professionals. In other words, we need to train people how to learn. Professional learners.

    We’ve got 100s of titles in our industry much like the medical profession. So “safety for medical professionals” is for doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, etc. On wikipedia, medical redirects to medicine… “the science and ‘art’ of maintaining and/or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.” Something given.

    Do we (as a profession) give learning? No.

    So I don’t think learning professional is an accurate blanket term (my opinion).

    Ouch, my brain hurts.

  • Deb

    My husband was just asking what I wanted for Christmas..now I know what to tell him! I laughed so hard at your post. This ring is a must for my tool box!

  • Deb

    My husband was just asking what I wanted for Christmas..now I know what to tell him! I laughed so hard at your post. This ring is a must for my tool box!

  • Deb

    My husband was just asking what I wanted for Christmas..now I know what to tell him! I laughed so hard at your post. This ring is a must for my tool box!

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Well, to be truthful, I thought of you when I saw this. It’s outside of the secret santa threshold so glad you’ll get it from hubby. Best – janet

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Well, to be truthful, I thought of you when I saw this. It’s outside of the secret santa threshold so glad you’ll get it from hubby. Best – janet

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Well, to be truthful, I thought of you when I saw this. It’s outside of the secret santa threshold so glad you’ll get it from hubby. Best – janet

  • Maria Hlas

    The ring is too funny – although it would be great for work, I was thinking it would be good to record my husband so I can play back things he says and prove I am right – very mature, no?!

    And as for titles, oh my! At different companies we have gone around and around on titles – it can drive a bunch of professional, intelligent adults crazy!

    I will say I like having performance in my title for exactly the reason Guy mentioned. But now that I am looking for a job, you are right Janet. Performance consulting is a niche in HR that may involve training at some point, but is more about talent management, process re-engineering, etc. I actually applied to a Performance and Learning Consultant position with a job description that sounded well within the realm of what we do, but on the phone interview with the recruiter it became clear that it was an HR job and I was not a good fit. So, it’s back to the drawing board …

  • Maria Hlas

    The ring is too funny – although it would be great for work, I was thinking it would be good to record my husband so I can play back things he says and prove I am right – very mature, no?!

    And as for titles, oh my! At different companies we have gone around and around on titles – it can drive a bunch of professional, intelligent adults crazy!

    I will say I like having performance in my title for exactly the reason Guy mentioned. But now that I am looking for a job, you are right Janet. Performance consulting is a niche in HR that may involve training at some point, but is more about talent management, process re-engineering, etc. I actually applied to a Performance and Learning Consultant position with a job description that sounded well within the realm of what we do, but on the phone interview with the recruiter it became clear that it was an HR job and I was not a good fit. So, it’s back to the drawing board …

  • Maria Hlas

    The ring is too funny – although it would be great for work, I was thinking it would be good to record my husband so I can play back things he says and prove I am right – very mature, no?!

    And as for titles, oh my! At different companies we have gone around and around on titles – it can drive a bunch of professional, intelligent adults crazy!

    I will say I like having performance in my title for exactly the reason Guy mentioned. But now that I am looking for a job, you are right Janet. Performance consulting is a niche in HR that may involve training at some point, but is more about talent management, process re-engineering, etc. I actually applied to a Performance and Learning Consultant position with a job description that sounded well within the realm of what we do, but on the phone interview with the recruiter it became clear that it was an HR job and I was not a good fit. So, it’s back to the drawing board …

  • http://www.eppic.biz/ Guy W Wallace

    How about: Performance Improvement Consultant – a PIC – because Performance Improvement Specialist will never fly. After all…isn't it about improving one's ability to perform?

    Love your Posts!

    Guy Wallace

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