Another Handful of Tips 77 – Training Workers
Five of the best tips to help train people in new skills
Your first job is to find out what people already know. Then find out what they want to know or need to know. You can then develop a challenging and enjoyable programme relevant to their needs.
1. People learn best when they know they need new skills
Training should be timely and relevant to the situation.
Adults learn best when they realise they need to update their present skills or learn new ones.
Appeal to their desire for advancement and their survival in a job.
2. Get people involved in planning their training
Help them identify their needs and suggest the topics to be covered. List topics and let them select which topics are the most important.
3. Make training challenging and enjoyable
Training can be fun and can be challenging and rewarding.
People enjoy training games and challenging competitions.
Set up teams and let the teams compete for best solutions to problems, or new ways to work. Give small prizes for the best results.
Encourage participants to express their opinions and have lively discussions.
Keep lecturing to a minimum. Lecturing is one of the most ineffective ways to train.
4. Use a variety of training methods
People will learn more quickly if you use different training ways. (In the book “Training Secrets” you will find 49 different ways to train.)
5. Short bouts of learning are better than one long session
Long sessions can be very tiring and boring.
Short repetitive training sessions can help reinforce learning because they have more impact and relevance.
If people start to wilt during training sessions take a break. Play a ball game, let them go for a walk or a swim, or break for coffee. Do something different, so they return refreshed and keen to continue.
Geoffrey Moss, mossassociates.co.nz
“Training should be to inspire action rather than to fill with knowledge.”
SOURCE: “Training Secrets” Moss Associates Ltd., New Zealand and Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.