Preparing a training session can be a daunting task. But whether you’re trying to teach your employees a new skill, a new strategy, or how to use a new system, there are three key tips that will help you achieve a better result every time:
1. Proper Planning
It doesn’t matter how well you know the subject matter; if you don’t plan the training session, it’s at risk of dissolving into a confusing free-for-all.
Before you begin the training session, make a list of each point you want to cover. If it helps, you can even assign a time-limit for each one – this will help you keep everything within the timeframe you have to work with.
The most boring training sessions are the training sessions where you’re stuck in a room full of people, with a single trainer talking at the crowd. Even if you have a flashy slideshow to present and are wearing a really colourful t-shirt, if the session is completely one-sided, people will quickly lose interest.
Try asking open questions, encourage participants to ask their own questions, and set small tasks to do throughout to help add practical reinforcement to the points you’re teaching.
3. Post-Training Material
Even after the most entertaining, engaging and high-impact training session, it’s easy for participants to forget what they’ve learned.
To help remind them going forward, you should prepare a selection of materials that can be taken away from the session. Things like reminders they can stick to their desk work well, especially if the training was something they’ll be using every day.