Most adults will be keen to learn if they know the training will benefit them directly. It should be timely and result in greater work satisfaction, increased self-esteem and give a better quality of life.
Five of the best tips when training adults
* Training should be timely and relevant
Adults learn best when they realise they need to update their present skills, or learn new ones.
* Involve trainees in their training
Get the participants to help identify their needs and decide on the topics to be covered. Concentrate on practical tasks – doing things and seeing things, not listening to lectures.
Encourage them to share their experiences. The older they are the greater the reservoir of experiences and stories to share.
* Make training enjoyable and stress-free
Use a variety of training methods.
Keep trainees entertained with useful exercises, games and competitions. Have fun!
* Challenge the trainees
Keep them active and busy and above all, make them think.
Use challenging assignments to build their confidence.
Reward superior efforts. Give small prizes.
* Appeal to the desire for advancement
Leave trainees with a sense of achievement and satisfaction and, hopefully, inspiration!
Returns from learning should be more earnings.
“A sense of achievement is one of our most satisfying experiences, especially in learning.”
Source: “Training Secrets. Helping adults learn”, published by Moss Associates Ltd & Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.
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