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.


Stop focussing on content, focus on problems! Trainer Tools

In this podcast John Tomlinson talks to David James of 360Learning about how we need to align out digital learning strategies to fixing real problems quickly, rather than building up cumbersome libraries of generic content. It's more fun that I just made it sound, I promise.   David James is Chief Learning Officer at 360Learning (formerly at Looop) and has been a People Development professional for more than 20 years, most notably as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company across Europe, the Middle East & Africa.   David is host of The Learning & Development Podcast, a prominent writer and a conference speaker on topics around modern and digital L&D.   Twitter: @DavidInLearning LinkedIn: Website:  
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