Get to know the eLN Director: Jayne Davids

eLN Director Jayne Davids has been involved in Learning & Development for over 20 years designing and delivering systems training. Combining her love for teaching and enjoyment of making videos, through her company, Raiveon, she provides Camtasia video training and video production services with her husband Kevin. Jayne enjoys connecting people and creating opportunities for people. She looks after the eLN Mentoring Scheme.

What do you like most about the L&D field? Being able to help people. I also enjoy working with people in L&D, they tend to have a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to help.

What made you decide to stand for the eLN board? At the annual conference a few years ago, an eLN Director suggested I should put myself forward. I was incredibly surprised at the suggestion ‘Who me?!’ After parking the ‘self-doubt’ and much encouragement from friends in the industry, I applied the following year.

What would your dream job be? This may sound a bit clichéd, but I really can’t think of another job I’d rather be doing. I run my own business with my husband Kevin, and I help people develop, so I’m #winning.

If you could change 1 thing about the world of L&D, what would it be? For the past couple of years, I’ve been increasing my knowledge of how to design accessible and inclusive learning content. I’d like to see L&D professionals creating learning experiences that are designed for all.

What does a typical workday look like to you? I’m usually sat in front of my computer screen, either editing videos in Camtasia, completing business admin, or hosting online training sessions. I take a break for lunch, sitting in the garden when I can. At the end of the workday, I tend go for a walk, often a ‘walk and talk’ with friends, either in person or on the phone.

What is your favourite type of training to either build or deliver? In person, face to face. I design and deliver Camtasia video training and I love seeing people’s reactions when they experience lightbulb moments.

If you could give yourself advice when you were first starting out, what would it be?  Have a bit more confidence and try get over the imposter syndrome.

What has been your proudest moment?  Bringing 2 boys into the world who are kind and considerate.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?  1958 – I enjoy live music and dancing, especially rock & roll. Our company name is based on “Rave On” sung by Buddy Holly, it was our first wedding dance. It would be superb to attend one of his live gigs.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? 
Scuba diving. I’m afraid of the water, I’m not a strong swimmer and I don’t like being out of my depth. I’ll probably never do it again, however, I’m grateful I had the opportunity to experience the amazing underwater world.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?  Having worked in the travel industry for many years I’ve had the privilege of visiting many different places. I am however writing the answers to these questions sat in a field whilst camping in North Devon. The sun is shining, there are magnificent views of the sea and fields, the sunset is incredible, there are not many places I’d rather be.
Finally, what would be your top 5 tips for someone new to L&D?
  • Be you
  • Be honest
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Network
  • Grow friendships
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Jayne Davids

Jayne Davids

I help you create effective video tutorials Camtasia Trainer and Video Editor. Owner at Raiveon Camtasia Certified & TechSmith Recommended Trainer Experienced in designing and delivering system training.