The Best Handful of Tips 93 – Training Ways
Training should be to inspire action rather than to fill with knowledge.
Having run training workshops in many countries I have experimented using different ways to train.
At the Singapore Institute of Management ( now Singapore University of Social Sciences) I ran 31 three day workshops for leaders and managers. The participants came from many countries. Because of SIMs evaluation programmes it was possible to try out different ways to train.
Five of the best tips to help teach adults new tasks
Start with an analysis and a need assessment
Your first job is to find out what people already know. Then find out what they want to know or need to know. Then develop a challenging and enjoyable programme relevant to their needs.
What do the trainees do? Who are they? How old are they? What sex are they? etc.
Never forget, people learn best when they are enjoying their training.
Allow extra time when teaching new tasks to older adults. There is no lessening of the ability to learn as we age but you need to slow down and have more fun.
Get people involved in planning their own training
List topics and let them help select what they need to learn and which topics are the most urgently needed.
People have many experiences to share and like to contribute so get them involved early during training.
People learn best when they know they need new skills
Arouse interest to encourage people to want to learn.
Structure training around tasks relevant to work needs, to problem-solving, or life situations.
Make training challenging and enjoyable
Lecturing is one of the most ineffective way to train, so keep talks to a minimum.
People enjoy training games and challenging competitions.
Set up teams and let the teams compete for solutions to problems or new ways to work. Keep challenging them! Give small prizes for the best results.
Encourage participants to express their opinions and have lively discussions.
Use a variety of training methods
People will learn more quickly if you use different training ways. Use group discussion, role playing etc. with plenty of good visual aids. (See “Training Secrets – Helping Adults Learn”, for fifty ways to train.)
Short bouts of learning are better than one long session Short repetitive training sessions can help reinforce learning. Long sessions can be very tiring and boring.
Short repetitive training sessions can help reinforce learning because they have more impact and relevance.
Keep asking; “What did we learn yesterday at our last training session?” Keep reviewing and reminding your participants.
If people start to wilt during training, 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
“Unless we are constantly learning new skills we will be left behind.”