From Teaching to Training


I’ve done training sessions on these, as well as single, shorter talks and performances on RELIGION, SACRED TEXTS and INTERFAITH DIALOG, MUSIC AND CULTURE, and LITERATURE—especially of Chicago.

This post has a very specific purpose: to point you to fuller descriptions of these trainings and talks on this page—

Training, Consulting, Speaking.

As the graphic below implies, “Training” often happens in a business setting, though it also happens in many other organizational settings, from churches to libraries to school boards—all of which I’ve done plenty of trainings for.  In essence,  it’s taking teaching out of schools and universities and the course credits they confer, and condensing weeks of a semester course down to a few hours.  It’s also pointing that condensed version towards a specific organizational need, so what you lose in depth you make up for in practical application as you try to help organizations develop certain skills, understandings, and even cultural changes.

I’ve done teaching mostly, but as I said, I’ve done lots of trainings.  I’ve taken a semester course on race or on multicultural literature down to a 4-hour training on diversity.  I’ve taken a semester course on “Workplace Writing” down to a 2-day training on professional writing in tech, manufacturing, and even library organizations.  I’ve taken concepts from leadership courses down to a 3-hour training for an organization (in this case UPS) that wanted to take time out for a different, entertaining take on leadership development.  I gave them a training called—after Max DePree’s book—“Leadership Jazz.”  I’ve also led one of Illinois’ top school districts (Naperville #203) in developing a diversity plan.  Of my leadership here, one community member wrote: “No one else that I know of could have presented the information with such authority, compassion, and vigor.”

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