- Giant libraries of micro- learning (subscription, of course). Everyone wants to learn everything like they do on YouTube and Google, right? I don't. These tiny nuggets of learning guarantee that you can learn any (little) thing instantly. Plug and Play. I hope my doctor doesn't switch to a micro-learning strategy.
- A growing number of LMS (Learning Management Systems) vendors and a growing number of consultants who want to help you remove your LMS. #ironic
- Five different DISC vendors, some of whom are happy to explain to you that this single assessment can clearly categorize every one of your employees accurately. (Full disclosure: I am a big fan of TTI Success Insights' DISC and would love to help you learn to use multiple science diagnostics, but not just DISC by itself).
- Vendors who fill their booths with screaming craziness, talking only to each other and throwing back shots behind the counter. My IT side is offended by the tech-as-boy-wildman stereotype. That said, our mascot is a giant Goose, so perhaps I speak out of turn.
There are a lot of imposters delivering fluffy edutainment which muddies the reputation of L&D. Every year at the ATD International Conference (and all) & Expo, a new group of vendors show up with impossible promises, cool give-aways, free drinks, and the new God's-Gift-to-Training. The next year, they are gone and a new crop appears. Here are some of the one's I was most unexcited about: