Trainer Tools


Trainer Tools is a podcast for Learning and Development professionals.

The concept was simple.

The original idea was to share effective tools and tips across the learning and development community, but it didn’t turn out like that.

In the end the discussions were much deeper, and most conversations ranged over much broader topics than just training delivery tips and techniques.

A better name would probably be Herding Eagles, a phrase a colleague of mine used to describe what it’s like trying to work with Learning & Development Professionals: majestic independent creatures who cannot be herded – OK, he was blatantly trying to flatter us, but I liked it anyway.

In each podcast, I interview an experienced L&D professional and asks them to talk on a specific topic of interest to people working in the organisational learning field.

Podcasts are released once a month (usually), except August and December when I go on holiday – here’s the link to the Trainer Tools hosting site but it’s available on all the usual platforms.

In my spare time, I also have a music podcast (with Our Gordon, my brother), here’s a link to the website which has all the info and links.


If you would like to contribute to the Trainer Tools podcast, please get in touch.


The Trainer Tools theme tune Corporate Cufflinks composed and performed by Martyn Standing.

Visual design and logo by Cristian Graglia.


Transforming Communication in Organisations Trainer Tools

Heather Hansen focuses on helping organisations communicate better, and helping individuals at work get their voices heard. Her book Unmuted talks through her holistic process of building confidence, capability and connection – not just ticking some training boxes. In this episode John Tomlinson talks to her about how she makes this work. Heather Hansen helps multinational companies enhance collaboration, innovation and inclusion across their global teams through greater understanding and stronger, more efficient communication policies. She focuses on fostering unmuted communication cultures where every voice is heard, resulting in greater inclusion, innovation and efficiency across remote and global teams. Along with private leadership communication coaching, Heather facilitates group training courses and consults on a number of topics related to global communication. Heather is also an External Industry Expert for NUS Business School’s Executive Education programs where she runs modules on communication, presentation, and storytelling skills. Social media links for Heather: Linkedin Youtube Twitter  
  1. Transforming Communication in Organisations
  2. The medical profession: the best example of a learning culture and continuous development?
  3. What can we learn from the movies about deep learning experiences
  4. Top Five Mistakes by a Learning and Development Professional
  5. Leadership training in the virtual world