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Bizarre Experience on a training course

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by , 7th March 2012 at 12:42 PM (2496 Views)
NB: To protect the guilty, the names of both the trainer and the training provider have been omitted.

My recent training day experience was bizarre to say the least. I turned up late to the one-day course so perhaps didn't get off to the best start. I stupidly put the wrong address in my Google Navigation app and was blissfully unaware of this until I sailed past what I thought should have been (and was) the correct junction and ended up in the arse-end of nowhere. When I finally arrived, I was told to wait in the visitors reception area where I would be called by the trainer, but 10 minutes passed and me and some other poor soul on the same course were still sitting in lovely, awkward, lonely silence.

We were finally called to a small group, but we luckily hadn't missed much. I wasn't in the mood to socialise to be honest (hence previous awkward silence), and was a bit peeved at having to attend the course in the first place, so I was being a bit of a stroppy git, although I bottled it up quite well, and just grumbled under my breath now and again. Within the first minutes of starting off 'Mr questions' piped up with the first of what would be a catalogue of 'ego-flex' questions. You know the sort of person. They ask a barrage of questions that aren't really questions, they were just a way of that person expressing how knowledgeable they are. They generally went along the lines of "Well when I do such and such, I tend to do this. How has this changed in the latest version?" or "How would I go about rigging up my brain to the interface, so I can control the database with my mere thoughts and thus become evil leader of the universe?". This put me in a fouler mood as it meant progression was minimal,, and all I could think about was how unseasonably beautiful it was outside.

The course progressed with questions man piping up as usual, but the weird thing was he seemed to work for the training provider. He was wearing a damn lanyard with the providers logo on. What the hell was he doing here? He obviously was an expert on the subject. In fact the trainer seemed to be mostly just addressing me and my fellow latecomer. Perhaps the training company hired the rest of these guys as filler? Is this what attending a training course in North Korea would be like, but without the torture, or death camps or the giant picture of our divine leader on the wall?

What put the icing on the cake was after lunch. The other three people sitting opposite my desk who I hadn't heard a peep out of all morning suddenly decided to engage in some work related, IT troubleshooting task in the middle of the session. It had nothing to do with the course, and they were in and out of the training room chatting on their phones and tapping on laptops as if it was a normal day at the office. They all seemed to know each other too, and came from the same place, yet they seemed surprised to see each other there at first. If I was the poor trainer, I would have popped a vein in my head by now. I would have thrown my laptop at the offending party and stormed out of the room. I would have at least told them that what they were doing was unacceptable, and damn rude.

So the course finished at last, and I still wasn't sure what I'd do with the new information I'd learnt. I quickly made my way home wondering what the hell it was I'd just attended.


  1. andyturpie's Avatar
    Sounds like the Trueman Show.....freaky
  2. jdoyle's Avatar
    sounds a bit like you thought it was going to be a waste of time and that it met your expectations.
  3. basicchannel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jdoyle
    sounds a bit like you thought it was going to be a waste of time and that it met your expectations.
    I would say that would be an accurate observation.
  4. X-13's Avatar
    So... What WAS the traing actually for?
  5. basicchannel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by X-13
    So... What WAS the traing actually for?
    If you're genuinely interested I'll PM you, otherwise lets just say it was a Microsoft technology.
  6. X-13's Avatar
    I'm kind of really interested... Mainly because I want to know what courses to avoid.

    But also because I'm a nerd and, as such, am interested.


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