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Trainer Basics by George Piskurich

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Training Versus Education

You may have noticed that the terms used so far in this book are training terms, such as trainer and learner. However, several terms—participant, trainee, student, pupil—are used in the profession that are taken to mean the same thing. If you think some of these terms sound like education terms, you would be right. In the long run, terminology does not matter, but names can affect perception, as shown in table 1-1.

Table 1-1. Classification does make a difference.
NameWhat the Name May Mean to YouWhat This Person May Actually Do
AttendeeSomeone who shows up on timeShows up, maybe
AudienceSomeone who will laugh and clap for youPays attention, if entertained
StudentSomeone who will behave like a childKeeps quiet, takes notes, ...

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