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Hi Members,
This query is with regards to understanding a Trainer\'s position.
Are Trainer\'s supposed to do more of transactional activities or transformational?
What is the value addition we can give as a Trainer rather then training new hires, conducting behavioral training which really does not get transformed?
Who is a Trainer?
And, what is the position of a Trainer in a company?

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Hi Hardikpitwa,

You raise an interesting query.

I believe that the word "Trainer" is (unknowingly) used as an umbrella for Trainer and Facilitator.

The two are very different but almost achieve the same end result. Even the roots of the two words interplay:

To train is to Educate; the root is "educe" which literally means "to bring out"; which is what Trainers do best, but so do facilitators!!

The root of Facilitate is "facile" which means to make a process "easy". The best trainers also make learning easy !!

There are four major differences between A Facilitator and Trainer:

1). A Facilitator is NOT necessarily a content expert

A Trainer IS a content expert.

2). A Facilitator IS an expert in many forms of group process such as inter-group conflict resolution; strategic planning; team building, etc.

A Trainer is NOT necessarily expert in many forms of group process. Instead continuously develops new methods to help individuals achieve specific learning outcomes.

3). A Facilitator helps the group to define and verbalize its own outcomes; and helps the group to develop, implement and take ownership of its actions to achieve the outcome.

A Trainer does NOT help groups to establish their own leaning outcomes. Instead the Trainer is involved in implementing and or analyzing the results of training needs assessments

4). A Facilitator sees facilitation as a process to help achieve specific "bits" of broad organizational roles.

A Trainer focuses on training's impact on actual job performance or tasks. The Trainer might evaluate the training's effectiveness long after the training event takes place.

However there are elements that both roles share. They both...

* help the group achieve specific outcomes

* regularly evaluate the process in real time

* are familiar with the organizational culture

* stimulate dialogue and interaction.

The above is gleaned from workshops by Guila Muir, to whom all credit is acknowledged.

I trust the above helps in some way to understand your query.

No doubt other members can expand further.


Hi Harsh,
Thanks a ton for replying.
Well, its a interesting discussion. Yet, I am unable to figure out the tranformational training. The training is more of informational, then transformational.
What Trainer should target is transformational or informational?
In my view, a trainer has to achieve all the three goals/objectives namely transactional, transformational as well as informational depending up on the nature and professional standing of the target group and the objectives of the specific programme. The expressions 'Trainer,Coach and Facilitator" are the play of words and may differ in their spelling but not in their roles, goals and objectives which is to infuse information to bring about tarnsformation so as to transact effectively their tasks.
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