For more than two decades, Dr. Beatty has been helping people learn in a variety of settings - military, K-12 schools, universities, and businesses in many sectors. (CV - expanded resume)
The fundamental constant in his work has been applying a creative approach to applying the paradoxes of human learning to training design. Learning is a natural process, but sometimes very, very hard. Helping people learn is also natural, but also very complex at times. Everyone can learn (most things) but not everyone does learn, even with identical experiences.
Brian has held formal teaching roles for over 25 years: training nuclear power operators, high school students, teachers, university students, sales and marketing professionals, and training professionals. He specializes in helping people and organizations understand what it is they need to know, or know how to do, and then working with them to design a training approach, build instructional materials, and implement a plan for knowledge and performance improvement.
Perhaps he can help you, too. Visit the other sections of this site to review many of the workshops and other training programs he has used successfully with others. Workshops and other services can be customized to meet your specific situation.
Brian believes strongly in flexible, adaptable design. No two clients, trainers or students are exactly alike; the same training experience often leads to different learning outcomes in each participant.
Effective instruction has to be flexible so that it can adapt to the unique needs of each participant. Be creative - think outside of your training box! You'll find a lot of learning happening there.
If you think carefully about how you learn, you will realize that any single training event is not sufficient to bring about significant learning. Focusing your training efforts only on the training event is woefully shortsighted!
Learning is a process: begin with preparing to learn, continue with specific training events (experiences) and finish with follow-through after training. If you cut off the front or back end, you cut off much of the potential power that training has to change knowledge and improve performance.
No matter who you are, what you do, or where you've come from, you have experienced training that was unecessary. It may have been in a formal school, training program, or in a social organization... the fact is, much of our education and training efforts are wasted - imagine the cost!
To prevent this, you have to take the time to be sure that training is really needed to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity you see in front of you. Don't waste time, money, and other resources training, when you aren't convinced that training can help.