Business Training: Start with the Goal in Mind

0826597f-0bda-4ec6-a01a-59959ebdf435A good business training course or workshop can help you make real progress in your business. A poor one may waste your time and money. What makes the difference? Start with the end-goal in mind:  Be clear about the changes in behavior and outcome that you seek from the training.

1.  Preparation

When you bringing a trainer in to your business, the more you can tell them about how the topic fits into people’s work activity, and what you want staff to be able to do that they can’t do now, the better the trainer can prepare a session that meets your needs. And if the trainer doesn’t ask about your business? They are probably not the right person for the job!

2.  Relevancy

Most people learn faster when they believe the information is relevant, something they need to know, and of benefit to them as individuals. A good trainer will design training that is directly relevant to your team, and will include discussions and activities that relate to your workplace.This keeps participants engaged and able to see how to apply what they are learning to what they need to do in their own jobs.

3.  Interactivity

We all know the dangers of the endless Power-point presentation. If you want business training objectives to stick, you need a programme that allows people to get involved. PowerPoint may have a place, but the key to effective training is interactive discussion and exercises.

4.  Variety

People get bored quickly. Whilst there are of course exceptions, a well-designed programme keeps up a pace of learning by changing approach and focus through the day.

5.  Focus on Action Planning

 The purpose of training is to change behaviour and outcomes. Even the most interesting and engaging training sessions don’t always lead to behaviour change. The best route to action is to take the time during the session to develop and capture the actions that are identified through the insights gained in the training

6.  Follow up

Even the best action plans can get put to one side and forgotten without follow up. Immediate follow up from the line manager or a colleague is a good way to agree priorities and objectives arising from the new learning. It can then also be useful to set a review date to discuss progress and see whether any further training is needed. This can be on an individual or team basis, depending on the circumstances.

Tip:  Always see business training as part of an ongoing process rather than a single event. The more you do to support people to put learning into action, the better value you will get from the training.
 
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