5 ways to radically improve your training
Updated: May 26
One of the biggest learning issues I see with my clients isn't engagement or willingness to learn - it's TIME. That means SMEs are often competing with other parts of the business to ensure that their training is out in front. It's like a race against other training lessons out there to be the first one for a learner to do.
Learning takes time right? Well yes and no. Learning a new skill doesn't happen over night but learning a behaviour can happen in a nano second - with the right messaging.
So here's 6 quick wins to win the training race and get your training front of mind AND in time.
Short and sweet and often is always better than long, detailed and once. It's no longer a new science but it is one worth remembering - chunking training into microlearning of 5 to 15 minutes over a period of time will actually help engage learners, retain information and keep them interested.
Design matters. Trust me - less is most definitely more. Invest in good design, simple and thoughtful messaging and if you are using powerpoint one to three messages per slide.
Stories stick. The good, the bad and the ugly. People relate to people so tell them stories that they can relate to. But be specific to your business and your clients. If they are too generic people will not relate and the story could be lost.
Deliver training in different mediums. Yes we love the ease and the compliance of online training BUT consider different learning styles. Why not also accompany your online training with well designed work books for people to read the information in one place, drop in webinar sessions for people to ask questions and discussion points for manager's to lead your people through in team meetings.
Start your training strategy with the end in mind. How will you deliver the training as BAU? Who will deliver it? What LMS will it sit on? What learning outcomes are you seeking? How will you define success?
Always seek feedback. Steve Jobs used to say he would test an idea with 10 people outside of his industry to get ideas and see if his ideas would resonate. You may not want 10 people but trying seeking feedback from 2 or 3 people outside of your team. Better yet - ask the people who will be taking the training to be in a pilot. Hopefully they will provide great feedback and champion your training to colleagues and reports.
If you would like some ideas on engaging your audience, contact Nicole at email@example.com