Technical Trainer

This Web site is specifically dedicated to the professional IT technical trainer. I’ve been a technical trainer for over 15-years now and have spent a majority of my time training classes for HP, Microsoft, Lucent/Proxim and Comptia. I’ve also done some specialty network security classes for the Dept. of Defense in Europe. In all of that time, and maybe I just haven’t looked close enough, I have never seen a website that was a cool place to “hang out” if you are a trainer.

Sure, there are TONS of technical support sites, and plenty of vendor specific training and certification sites, and some good technical entertainment and/humor sites – but nothing that addresses the nature of what we do day in and day out.

I’ve always called training “show business” because the show must go on, regardless of the amount of time you have to prepare or anything that might happen during the course of the class. There have been times when courseware hasn’t arrived on time, equipment has broken down, sometimes lab equipment hasn’t even been available for setup or setup was done incorrectly. If you are smiling and thinking, “Yeah, that’s happened to me…” I say welcome because you are in the right place.

Here is my forecast for people who will really dig this sight – trainers, instructors, SME’s (Subject Matter Experts), courseware developers, even some of the managers and training center directors and owners will get some very useful information out of this site.

It doesn’t matter who you work for or how techie the classes are, although I will warn you if you are a sales trainer, well, this sight is a bit more techie-oriented, but you are more than welcome here too. In fact, we can make some specific links or pages just for sales trainers. 

When I say technical trainers, I’m taking about professionals who spend at least 1 or 2 days a week, on a consistent basis, teaching for companies like Microsoft, Comptia (OK, not a company but still pretty popular classes like A+, Network+, Security+, Server+ and a host of other certs), Cisco, HP, Oracle, SAP – there are way too many to list.

OK, I’m hard core Microsoftie so you’ll notice I left one company off the list <grin> Certified Netware Instructor’s and Netware enthusiasts are welcome too, even if you do play for the red team, because many Microsoft instructor’s know that we’re on the blue team, but in a way, we’re all on the same team in the training biz.

Heck, it doesn’t matter who you train for or what type of classes they are, they all have one thing in common: training!!! The quest to populate the search and storage engines in carbon-based life forms from all walks of life. If you’ve stood up in front of the room and talked or directed the show, this site is for you.

You’ve probably heard of the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” If those words ring true for you, then welcome, you are in the right place.

I come from a family of trainers and talkers. My pops was a Field Engineering instructor who traveled the world 3 times over, designing military communications gear and teaching for a company called E-Systems. Actually pops was there before they were E-Systems; he went back to the days of ECI (Electronic Communications Inc), which was gobbled up by E-Systems, which was gobbled up by Raytheon.

My Dad assigned to Air Force One (far right, blue jacket)

Mom was a cosmetology instructor for 15 years. She taught students about dolling people up and hair styling. I remember when the hair styling chemicals just got to be too much for Mom, and it affected her hands. She had to get out of that business and now she is a hardcore techie. I’d say she was bit by the computer bug just as hard as anyone else in the family. In fact, she is the sole designer, webmaster and the person who has the “mad skills” to keep this Web site running.

My grandfather, while not a techie guy, was a minister all his life and teaching skills are definitely a part of that.

Needless to say, I have a love for this profession – it’s in my blood. I know I’m not alone as there are many men and women out there who teach everyday for a living. Some are into it more than others; some probably are doing it as just a job. Then there are those who really get into it. And then there are the training warriors who love it and don’t mind traveling to do it. 

And then there is a whole other breed of trainers out there – and my hats go off to all of you who teach at the K-12, college and university level, and have made a lifelong pursuit of being a teacher, trainer and mentor to our youth. This site is for you too, what bonds us all together is that we teach.

If you’re not in the training business, and specifically you are a student -- and believe me, just because trainers are in the class from 8-5pm, doesn’t mean we aren’t students either -- but typically our learning happens in the evenings, on the weekends, or during something we call “down time” or “ramp up time," this Web site is for you too. Mainly because it will give you a great insight as to what the life of a trainer is like.

I don’t really seek to re-create the wheel. If you’ve come here looking for technical resources, or info on certs, we’ll have plenty of links for you and point you to some really cool Web sites. What we want to happen is to make this into a "fun place" for trainers to hang out.

So sit back, relax, grab a frosty and feel free to surf around.