A Handful of Tips 45 –
Five of the best tips when running a training workshop
Training workshops are powerful learning tools when a group gets together in a quiet location to share experiences, to plan, to study, to solve problems and to extend their knowledge.
1. Make the workshop area look interesting
First impressions are important so set up the environment to look ‘busy’ where exciting things are about to happen
2. Involve participants right from the start
Introduce yourself then get the participants to do something physical like meet and greet each other and set up their workstations.
Discuss objectives of the workshop and any rules and instructions.
Listen to their requests and be prepared to adjust training plans and rules.
4. Use a variety of training techniques
Aim to keep interest levels high. Run the workshop like a vaudeville show – non-stop with plenty of different training methods.
Set up competitive problem-solving teams to get everyone involved. Encourage initiative and allow time for games and social events.
Constantly review and evaluate the techniques used.
5. Reinforce training with handouts
Print recommendations and findings from the workshop and distribute to participants.
Be generous with handouts and resource materials.
Encourage feedback .
‘Variety is the spice of life’ so make training interesting, entertaining, challenging and enjoyable.”
Source: “Rolling On”
“Training Secrets. Helping adults learn”, Published by Moss Associates Ltd & Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.