Get the Most Out of Your Training Sessions with These Tips

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Get the Most Out of Your Training Sessions with These Tips

Some meetings are exciting. Closing big sales or negotiating corporate alliances. Others are more mundane. Take your average training session, a business-flavored flashback to a high school lecture hall.

Let’s face it…training sessions can feel like a drag. You’d rather have your team members stick to productive work. Meanwhile, they roll their eyes and prepare for a boring, jargon-laced drone.

But continuously upgrading your employees’ knowledge base is key to moving forward as a company. Corporate policies change. Your technological infrastructure develops. Industry standards evolve. You need to keep your team members informed

At the same time, you have limited resources for training. These courses require time and money, which you’d rather save for activities more closely tied to generating profits.

All this creates a massive incentive to get the most out of your training sessions. The sooner you can complete your programs, the faster you can move on to productive work. Still, you need to deliver the information effectively, in a way that encourages retention and implementation. Otherwise, the initiative becomes a complete waste of time.

It is possible to do. You can take steps to make your training meetings both effective and efficient. Here are 11 tips to get that done:

Start Before the Session

You want to limit the amount of time and effort devoted to the training process. To achieve that goal, start with an enhanced pre-training program.

Have your trainees learn basic concepts on their own before the session begins. Provide materials they can review, letting you use the time together to work on deeper review and next-level topics.

Draw Up a Lesson Plan

Preparation doesn’t just apply to your trainees. You need to get ready as well. Creating an effective game plan will help the process go more smoothly.

You might know the material inside and out. However, that doesn’t mean you are ready to explain it clearly and efficiently to somebody else. A lesson plan allows you to bridge that gap.

Think about your teaching strategies and map out a detailed lesson plan. It will help you stay on schedule, while still ensuring that you hit all the important material.

Make Sure Your Trainers are Trained

You might not do all the training yourself. In fact, most likely you will have experts in various areas take over large portions of the session. Again, though, just knowing a lot about something doesn’t make a person a great teacher. 

Take steps to ensure that staff members responsible for training have received the proper instruction. In other words, make sure your trainers are properly trained to train. 

Get a Professional

Rather than spend valuable resources educating a team of trainers, turn to an outside expert to moderate the proceedings. A professional team facilitator can provide the organization and oversight you need to keep on task and get the most out of the training session. 

Moreover, a third-party perspective can open the possibilities of the session. By engaging the right expert, the training course can become more robust, fitting more tightly into your larger strategic planning process.

Break Things Up into Units

Things are easier to digest in chunks. Plan an all-day training session and your employees are likely to start to drag by the afternoon. Retention and engagement will become dangerously low.

But if you break the presentation into manageable chunks, the process becomes easier to swallow. Divide the presentations into sessions of hour or two at a time. You’ll likely get better results.

Spice Things Up with Multimedia

It’s difficult to concentrate on a subject when its presented as a dry recitation of information. It also reduces retention and the likelihood of effective implementation. 

Don’t let this happen to your training sessions. Give your trainees a more dyanmic presentation. Take a little time to prepare multimedia elements, things like images, video, and case studies. Uou will significantly increase both trainee involvement and eventual retention.

Add Interactive Elements

Beyond a crisp, engaging presentation, you should strive to involve the trainees in the process. Receiving information in a passive way makes it difficult to internalize. Instead, make training more interactive. 

Encourage a back-and-forth discussion. Use games and other fun tasks to reinforce the material. The interactive nature will make the training more effective, and the process can double as a team-building exercise.

Create a Reference Site

People usually don’t take everything after a single presentation. They will have questions and they will need reminders. 

Rather than spending your time on these follow ups, create a central archive where the trainees can look for themselves. Build a reference site with the pertinent information, along with an FAQ section. It will allow employees reinforce the training over the long haul.

Use Specific Metrics to Gauge Success

It can be difficult to judge the effectiveness of a training program. That uncertainty creates a challenge for improving the process over time or for developing constructive follow-up procedures. 

As you head into a training session, know what you want to get out of it. Have specific, quantitative measures to track how well your employees absorbed and retained the information. 

These metrics can become your “grades” for the course. You can see how well the training worked, and have a better idea of what you should do in the future to keep the educational initiative going.

Gather Feedback

Your employees represent another key source of data about the effectiveness of your training program. Ask them what they thought. Prompt them to give advice and suggestions about how to improve the process in the future. 

The feedback will help you upgrade your sessions as you move ahead. Meanwhile, it will enhance the sense of two-way communication that strengthens teamwork over time.

Evolve Your Approach

Creating a dynamic, engaging, effective training procedure ensures that your employees can adapt to changing market fundamentals. As much success as you have now, you can only maintain your position by continually evolving over time. Training provides the engine for that change. 

Keep improving your process and striving for better results. That way, you can ensure that your business is set for long-term growth and innovation.

Author:

 Silvia PetersSylvia Peters is a Collaborator for Find A Facilitator and a mother of two.

She’s also an expert to bringing the most credible, experienced and personable facilitation to every meeting she attended. In her free time you will find her meditating and making her favorite salad.

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