2:00 PM -- The PR folks in charge of promoting Elaine Biech, who wrote, "Training For Dummies," included in their pitch a list of characteristics to look for in your staff to find which worker may evolve into a good corporate trainer.
And, oh, what a list it is:
- Able to relate to specific situations
- Assertive and influencing
- Both logical and creative
- Builds trust
- Confident and poised
- Enjoys presenting information, articulate
- Excellent communicator (verbal and written)
- Flexible and spontaneous
- Good listener
- Impartial and objective
- Lifelong learner
- People-oriented, warm and approachable
- Sense of humor
- Solution- and results-oriented
- Strong business sense
- Team player and partners well
- Tolerant of ambiguity
So there you have it. If you can be process-oriented, but still remain solution-oriented and results-oriented, and yet not lose sight of being people-oriented, then you've got a good shot at being a trainer.
And while you're being tolerant of ambiguity, don't abandon your strong business sense or your sense of humor, because you'll need it to keep from losing your well-organized mind.
Oh, fiddlesticks. I just read the rest of Ms. Biech's pitch note and she totally lets us off the hook.
It's unlikely that anyone will have every characteristic on the list. But if a person seems to have the majority of them, he or she can work on the others. Keep an open mind.
I will keep an open mind on this. I have to. I am, after all, a lifelong learner.
— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading