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Creating Effective Training Activities 

 

The learning process can be fun. It can be an inspirational event for people learning new tasks and capabilities for their job role.

 

Using workplace applications are essential to make the learning credible and real for the learner. The activities and tools the learner uses in the training environment must make real sense and allow the new skill to be transferred to the actual workplace, following the training.

 

Some creative and effective tools for trainers

-- Write some real life stories from experience as case studies

-- Use real workplace equipment to trial their skills

-- Prepare some photos from the workplace to make it real

-- Plan a worksite visit if handling some theory learning

-- Make a DVD of the skill(s) in the workplace

-- Ask your supplier(s) for samples to use in training

-- Invite an expert from the workplace as guest speaker

-- Develop a simulated environment with real (unused) equipment

-- Encourage the learners to write a play using the new skills

 

When workplace trainers take time to prepare their training sessions, learners gain valuable knowledge and find the transference of their skills to the real environment more comfortable.

 

Attend a workshop and learn some new methodologies to revamp the training materials.

Network with other trainers and explore some of their workable activities.

 

Subscribe to training journals and learn about new initiatives in the industry.

 

Being Organised at Work

 

Suggestions for paper system:

-- Keep it on A4 pad

-- Write on every line

-- Don’t keep rewriting it!

-- When you finish, rule it out

-- If needed, transfer to a new list

-- Date your lists

-- Keep in sight, refer to it regularly

Planning

-- Understand your job priorities

-- Set your goals and objectives

-- Prepare your action plan

 

Did everything you did today relate directly to one of your major objectives?

 

Managing your time at work

It is a matter of discipline, we can share the process and some tools, you need to use them.

 

Use some basic tools

Suggestions for electronic system:

-- Record on task list

-- Write on every line

-- Don’t keep rewriting it!

-- When you finish, score it out

-- Set alarms for deadlines

-- Print out copy if needed

There is nothing magical about any of the personal organisation tools.

-- Work with a Diary or an Appointment Book

-- Always use a TO DO list or a task list

-- Manage your appointments in Outlook

 

This is the concept which can revolutionise your use of time.

 

Making Workplace Training Effective & Fun

 

Training at Work

-- Be organised

-- Be prepared

-- Know the training objective(s)

-- Know what are the expected results

-- Prepare the learning staff member

-- Supply them with notes or procedures manuals

-- Work with an action plan

 

Share the action plan with the workplace supervisor

 

Use knowledgeable & empathetic workplace trainers

The trainer needs to have the skill and knowledge to perform the tasks or roles being coached in the workplace.

 

The trainer must be able to explain the ‘why’ behind the skills being taught.

 

It is important to ensure the learner is rewarded each time they attempt the new task and get it right, or almost right. Remember: people will repeat performance that gets rewarded.

 

Learning in the workplace can be stressful, so the trainer needs to inject some fun and enjoyment into the training process:

-- Share some funny stories

-- Use some colourful props

-- Provide some photographs or diagrams to illustrate a point

-- Give the learner time to write it in their words

-- Supply them with their own manual or note book

 

 

Writing Effective Business Documents

 

You should ask yourself what you want to achieve with your document.

 

What do you want the reader to understand? .

 

Consideration factors when writing

--What is the purpose for writing this document?

-- What do you hope to achieve when the reader reads the document?

-- Who is the reader … or readers?

-- What information is vital to share?

 

Important factors to get right!

-- The correct spelling of their name and the company

-- The title of the recipient … is it correct

-- Any people copied on the distribution list

 

When you finish composing

-- Does the document make sense?

-- Is there enough / too much information?

-- Have you spell checked?

-- Have you grammar checked?

 

Remember the written document is one of the PR faces of your business. Ensure the document you send sells you business image.

 

 

Managing Tips for Training Consultants

 

Consultancy can be a rewarding business venture.

 

It takes stamina, discipline & effective planning.

 

Success requires you to be diverse and make the most of the opportunities as they are presented.

 

Each industry has its own unique quirks unlike any other business. The training industry is one such profession.

 

Constant change, on-going updates of information from a multitude of fields and a profession which is still relatively unknown to many, are familiar comments from training people.

 

Tips to help manage the pace & load:

 

1. Use a planner in your diary for quick identification of availability

2. Colour code recording on the planner for easy identification

3. A mobile phone with voice mail

4. Email and fax facilities to ensure you can be reached out of hours & have access to information as required

5. Daily follow up of phone, fax & email messages

6. Make the most of the opportunities to meet new people & prospects

7. Prepare a training kit which is always stock and ready to go!

8. Build your personal file of unique exercises and activities which become your trade mark.

9. Be prepared to spend money on your own personal development to keep up to date & informed of new concepts and methodologies.

 

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