by Riya Sander
Have you suffered from a disconnected class, or no one seems interested in your company’s training unless you attach repercussion to it? If yes, then this guide will be of help. Otherwise, well, just read it. You will probably learn a thing or two that you can use to help your HR friend.
Companies create training sessions for their employees to equip them with skills that will make them efficient at their work. Unfortunately, most employees view workplace training a boring chore. The worst part is that they are right most of the time.
This guide provides proven techniques on how to make your training interactive, fun, and successful.
Before the training
Running enjoyable workshop training requires hard work, and it begins at the planning stage. You can transform your training by doing these two simple, yet often overlooked activities:
Analyse the need
Take time to find out the real lack of your company or the attendees. Often what seems to be the problem are only symptoms of a bigger issue. For example, design engineers with consistently flawed designs might not need training on the latest design software. Sometimes all they need is compliance training.
Analyse past training methods
Take time to find out the methods used in the past “boring” training workshops. Use your judgment to figure out the mistakes. You can as well get feedback from those who had attended. Note the mistakes and choose not to repeat them.
Choose the right venue
The training venue is crucial to the success of a training session. Here are suggestions on how to choose the venue for your training:
Avoid the workplace
It is not a good idea to hold a workshop in the same boardroom where employees spend their Monday mornings arguing and receiving orders. They already associate it with tension, war, and manipulation. Give them a break by opting for a workshop space for rent.
Consider required amenities
A training workshop out in nature might not work for IT workshops because they will need an internet connection and power. The venue should also promote free expression. A five-star hotel, for example, may be an excellent treat for the attendees. However, it might be a problem for those who are not acquainted with the culture in such setups. Unless that is part of the training, find a place where attendees will not be too worried about conforming.
During the training
A long and prosy unentertaining lecture on what you need to know is the picture most people have of workplace training. Here is a quick way to conduct your training differently using this picture of a “boring” training as a guide.
Keep the sessions short
The golden rule of any presentation is to “keep it short and simple.” If you have many presenters, let them break their content into tiny subsections presented at different times. It is tiring to listen to a lecture for two hours. Even an hour is long enough especially if the presenter does not have basic public speaking skills.
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