Doing what we call “training” for a while, I’m reflecting on what it means.
I tend to think of training in terms of providing information, guidance, exercise, and correction in order to help others develop some level of understanding and skill.
I’m forced to consider whether what I do on a day-to-day basis is actually training, or is something else.
I am definitely teaching, in the sense of pedagogy: I deliver information, attempt to engage with the students, and check to see if it’s sinking in.
I am definitely providing all the tools and environment and – in some cases – exercises people need to learn.
A lot of what I’m teaching (or enabling others to learn) is intellectual: principle, values, philosophy, attitude. While there is some skills acquisition as part of it, there’s so much more.
Is that training? Or is it something else?