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