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‘STICKY TRAINING’

March 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Industry News

Tree_Frog

Question: What makes training successful, you ask?

Answer: When the participants actually use what they’ve learned to improve their performance on the job.

Question: How does that happen, you ask?

Answer: When the training is designed with the learner in mind.

You’ve probably sat in a training class a time or two where the true purpose of training wasn’t clearly conveyed (What’s in it for me?), and felt that it was a big waste of your time. When that happened you were there physically, but had checked out mentally.

If you are the one designing the training, it’s important to keep that experience in mind and consider what you need to do to assist with training that is meaningful and that sticks – ‘Sticky Training.’

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make the training more successful:

  • Assess the participants’ level of experience. Will you be training new hires, veteran employees, or a combination of both? This is important for determining the amount of detail to include in the presentation.
  • Understand what the outcome of the training should be. Training will be meaningless unless you know exactly what the learner needs to be able to do after the training is completed.
  • Create observable and measureable learning objectives based on the performance goals or outcome.
  • Incorporate different learning styles methods (V-A-K) in the instruction. Remember everyone has a preferred learning style and some may prefer a combination of all three.
  • Include a form of evaluation in the instructional process, either interspersed ‘Knowledge Checks’ and/or end-of-class survey or test.

It is important to ensure you have a practical training program that is build using adult learning principles, sprinkled with interactive activities that meet the needs of the learner allowing for practice and skill-building.

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