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Spring 2007

The Business and Legal Report's Daily Advisor offers the following four step plan for effective training:
•  Set the learning objective. Clearly state the goal of the training from the outset.
•  Supply the information. Conveying information in concept groups or coherent “chunks” can make absorption easier. Provide summary statements for each segment.
•  Test the learning. This can be done either formally or informally.
•  Provide for later reinforcement. Handouts, workplace visuals, and subsequent activities all reinforce learning objectives beyond the classroom.

May/June 2007
End on Time

Starting and ending training sessions on time is respectful not only to those who make an effort to be punctual, but also to any trainer who follows you in use of the space. If participants want to talk informally at the end of the class and another instructor is waiting to set up or workers are ready to clean the room, show consideration by moving the conversation to the hallway or other location.

June/July 2007

Be Specific

When designing and publicizing a workshop or class, be very specific about what that class will involve. Participants should be clear about how long the class will last, whether the class will be hands-on or lecture only, and how many people are likely to attend. The topic of the class should also be clearly defined with learning objectives stated.

July/August 2007
Your Best Defense

Good training is one of the best defenses against harassment or discrimination lawsuits. Having a valid policy and providing regular, quality training can go a long way to prove that an employer took all action possible to prevent and correct any inappropriate behavior. Investigators of harassment claims emphasize that training must be provided for all employees, not just supervisors.

Source: HR Daily Advisor, June 27, 2007

September 2007

Appearance Matters

When doing training, you want the audience to remember the message, not the fact that you had a stain on your shirt or food in your teeth. Check your appearance before welcoming your students, and when in doubt, dress up versus down compared to your audience. A clean, pressed dress uniform or business suit never looks bad and such professional presentation can only enhance the content of your program.

October 2007
Personal Contact

You can build buy-in for your presentation before it even starts by personally greeting participants as they arrive. Simply introducing yourself, shaking hands, and making eye contact go a long way toward breaking down barriers, especially when dealing with difficult training topics. Always make an effort to introduce yourself to those who choose to sit in the last row, and don't ignore those people with whom you are already acquainted.

November 2007

When Less is More

Some trainers want to tell you absolutely everything they know on a particular subject. While all presentations should be substantial in their content, it is possible to give too much information. Remember that your audience may not have the same background or interest in the subject that you do. It is more important to accurately assess the participants' needs and meet them than it is to try to appear as the expert by flooding them with too much information that they cannot comprehend or retain.

December 2007

Teaching to the Test

When preparing a group for a test to get recertified in some area, it may be tempting to "teach to the test" rather than focusing on content information. Although some familiarity with how the test is structured is important, this narrow approach is a bad idea for two reasons. One is that the format of the test could change. The other is that the desired goal should be retention of the actual information, not just success on one test. If you want your people to really be confident about what they know, stick with content and let the rest take care of itself.












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