Can Anyone be Trained?

Real Estate Agent with Real Living Real Estate Solutions

As a Trainer, I have worked with a multitude of people. Young and old, many cultures and many different backgrounds. The question is, can everyone be trained?

When it comes to technical skills or a computer program, there are usually set ways to perform a task.

When it comes to soft skills such as customer service, it is more of an environment, an organizational environment as well as what is inside of each person to rise to the level they are being asked to.

Are there individuals that can't or won't learn what you are teaching? In my past work, I have seen people that didn't want to conform to the ways of a company and they eventually worked their way out of the organization as they didn't fit in anymore. They found themselves waiting at the station and the train moving on.

When it comes to technical skills, it could be possible that someone just cannot retain the know how needed to operate a machine, a computer program, etc.

I believe that almost everyone can be trained. There are many pieces that have to come together and part of it is that they have to be open to learning.

Comments (3)

Gaylen Thornton
Desert Heritage Real Estate - Surprise, AZ

Good information and I think the most important aspect in training is the participants willingness to be trained and learn or relearn the ways of the organization or skill.

Sep 18, 2009 08:05 AM
Jim Hirschhorn
Real Living Real Estate Solutions - Orlando, FL
GRI, Real Living - Orlando

Gaylen, aren't you in the county with Sheriff Joe Arpaio? :) I wonder if his participants are willing to be trained? I do agree that if they don't get on board, they need to go as they will be a cancer for the rest of the organization with regards to change and growth.

Sep 18, 2009 08:11 AM
Frank Sauer
CENTURY 21 Garner Properties - Independence, KY

I think most people can be trained in the sense that most can also be trained to be a competent Wide Receiver - know the plays, run the routes, etc.  You can't expect many of them to turn into a Randy Moss, though.

Sep 19, 2009 02:58 AM