I was graciously asked to co-present a session at the CIPD L&D show a couple of weeks ago with the excellent Stella O’Neill. The session was a pure co-delivery; Stella did a bit, I did a bit, Stella did a bit, etc. Expertly chaired by Julie Drybrough, there was plenty of time for an excellent Q&A session afterwards. The topic was Doing More with Less; L&D on a budget.
One question was popular in the room – what are your top tips for starting and L&D team on a budget?
The question was amplified via Twitter and some of the responses are below:
— Sukhvinder Pabial (@sukhpabial) May 12, 2016
@TowardsMaturity see the whole organisation as the L&D team. There will be enthusiasts and champions out there, help them develop L&D skills
— Jonathan Marshall (@LearningFCO) May 12, 2016
— Amanda (@Pontecarloblue) May 12, 2016
@TowardsMaturity don’t just do what you think L&D should do find out the business problems & look at how you can add value quickly
— Paul Duxbury (@PaulDuxbury) May 12, 2016
My intention had been to take the question, tell everyone how to do it and sit back with a neat blog post of 500 words again. But this post isn’t.
As I walked out the session I had a few people come up to me and comment on it and how it helped. And then someone who’d been at the session I ran last year came up to me. Anne Parker told me how she’d gone back to her business and re-designed their offer based on the principles that I’ve been talking about for a while.
Blown away by such positive feedback, I realised that it wasn’t for me to rattle out more content – it’s about the L&D community engaging with the topic and producing the top tips for themselves. I’ve done this before in a blog post about why people use twitter and I want to do the same thing again.
In the comments, tell me your top tips for L&D on a budget. It can be anything you think would help people develop a lower cost/higher value offer and no tip is too small. As Jane Bozarth said earlier today:
— Jane Bozarth (@JaneBozarth) May 28, 2016
Show your work and share your top tips!