Dangerous Minds & Training Professionals

10 May 2019


In the 1995 film, an ex-marine with a degree in literature (Michelle Pfeiffer) tried to teach in a high school where the atmosphere and the personalities and attitudes of the students did not make it any easier. After a few failed attempts to resort to books by teaching experts and without wanting to resign herself to giving the situation for lost, the protagonist becomes aware that neither this center, nor the neighborhood, nor the circumstances, nor the students are suitable for the application of traditional methods


Today, without finding ourselves in a problematic institute in California in the 1990s, all training professionals, whether in the field of education or business, are faced with the challenge of the Age 4.0, new technologies and millennials. And its main consequence: the speed of change and the need to adapt to it.    


In the same way that the inexperienced teacher of the film needs to look for innovative methods that engage her difficult audience, we must leave aside much of the methodology we have used so far, in most cases with which we feel comfortable and that we dominate, to move to an area that for many is totally unknown.


Some of the questions that arise at that moment are if we are prepared, what roles we have to adopt now and if we will be able to reach the quality that in our previous position we took for granted. 


Before throwing in the towel and throwing in the thought of "any past tense was better", perhaps this is the time to turn our work situation and try to get the most value.


The incorporation of new technologies to training implies that we adopt roles and take on tasks that until now we did not consider our own, but this can be a way to break with routine and discover other talents that perhaps until now we had not had the opportunity to develop. 


It is also time to discard prejudices and open our minds, perhaps what we did before was not necessarily the best and perhaps our new responsibilities are not as bad as they might seem at first glance.


Perhaps we can say goodbye to our powerpoints, or at least until later, and start using other more dynamic tools that make our classes more attractive. And it is possible that changing our speeches that lasted several hours for shorter ones that can be complemented with webinars, e-Learning, forums... will be beneficial. 


Just as the teacher ends up winning over her students by using Bob Dylan lyrics to bring them closer to poetry, we can take advantage of all the possibilities offered by current technology to turn our classes into an environment that facilitates learning, in a more attractive and interesting way for our public.


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