According to Allied Market Research, the global corporate training market was valued at more than $33 Billion in 2019 and is projected to reach $41 Billion by 2027. That’s just one source. So what does that mean for you? It suggests two things: Firstly, the need for people-performance experts is growing exponentially. Secondly, there is massive opportunity out there for you as a learning and development professional whether inside corporate L&D or as an external solutions provider.
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The day I got my first taste of training, was the day I attended the 3-day Train-the-Trainer program at Euro Disney. I had no idea about adult-learning theory or lesson plans or even learning objectives. I had spent 7 months at Walt Disney World in Florida and had recently been transferred to Europe to help recruit new ‘cast-members (Disney employees) at the resort just outside Paris, France.
In my first two weeks, my Manager at the time, ‘Marcel Peijnenburg‘ from the Netherlands (now also a full-time trainer!) asked me if I would consider ‘training’ new members of the Disney Family so I eagerly said ‘yes’! I had no real idea what training and development was about, but it sounded really fun. There was no shortage of young, talented people who wanted to ‘work for the Mouse’ and I was super-enthusiastic about all things Disney. That decision was easily one of the best decisions of my life and has shaped it ever since.
Years later, after thousands of hours of designing, managing and delivering talent-development programs internationally, I was reminded of the choice I had made years previously. It was the end of a two-day sales presentation skills workshop we were running for Senior Managers at Virgin Media Business, a top-3 cable TV and internet provider in the UK market. On the first day, one of the delegates, Sally (name changed) had been physically shaking with fear as she introduced herself.
This impeccably dressed Manager of 50+ people was terrified of delivering a presentation on front of her colleagues. She wanted to hide. In fact, everyone was aware that Sally was dreading this training session. However by 4pm the next day (after the 3rd attempt), Sally had delivered a 4 min sales presentation without stammering, or mistakes. Everyone was hooting, hollering and applauding her. Wow!
Everyone understood the huge significance of the break-through she had just made before our eyes. From fear to performance in less than 24 hours. It was literally a life-changing experience as I watched Sally overcome her fears and perform. I actually have a lump in throat as I type this, just recalling the emotion of that day. This is why I love people-development. This is why I have loved every minute of being a Learning Development leader and trainer.
What’s your story?
What about you? Have you stories like this? Is this how you feel about learning & development? It’s more than a job, it’s your calling, isn’t it? How do you feel when you realize that a talent-development initiative you championed has achieved results. Your stakeholders are delighted and you can see the significant effects on the workforce. These are the kinds of days when you feels it’s all been worth it.
The fact is, that as long as there are hundreds of thousands of people all over the world starting jobs every day, changing careers every day and seeking promotion every day (you can do the math) there will be people like Sally, who need training business professionals like you and your colleagues.
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