Dan Savage, noted syndicated sex-advice columnist (warning: graphic discussions), said recently on the radio show Infinite Mind that through the years he’s seen a change in the questions people are asking him. No longer are they asking him simple questions about what a particular sex act is, how to do it, etc. He’s says the internet has changed what people want to know about. They can quickly google the basic stuff online. Now they want to know more about the deeper stuff, the relationship stuff, etc.

Hmmm.

Is there a parallel for employee-training situations?

Do we need to embrace deeper, more emotional, and/or more penetrating learning methods?

  • Coaching?
  • Mentoring?
  • In-depth Articles?
  • Questions and Answers from Experts?
  • Group Discussions
  • Collaboration?
  • Management Involvement?
  • Online Communities?
  • Interpersonal Network Analysis?

Does this relate to some content and not others?

  • IT Training
  • Soft Skills
  • Onboarding
  • Business Acumen
  • Ethics and Safety

Or, should we make sure we do a new round of needs assessment to explore how our learners are getting their information, what information they’re getting already, what information they still need?

Or, should we just remember to ask ourselves, "What can we do to make training/learning sexy?"