Learning is the key that unlocks the door to many new opportunities. Unless people are constantly learning new skills they will be left behind.
Training should be to inspire action rather than to fill with knowledge.
Make training stress-free, enjoyable, rewarding and fun.
Five of the best tips to help train adults
* What is required?
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, 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?
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. The older people have more experiences to share.
* 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 in their work.
Because people have many experiences to share, and like to contribute, get them involved early during their training.
Arouse interest to encourage people to want to learn. They learn best when they know they need new skills
Structure training around tasks relevant to work needs, to problem-solving, or real 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 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 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
“New skilled learned should be put into practice as soon as possible.”
SOURCE: “Training Secrets. Helping adults learn” 190p., Moss Associates. Ltd, New Zealand and Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com. (Learn 50 ways to train and how to assess and improve your own training skills.)