Making Training Memorable
Here are some softer training methods that are not necessarily
essential to conveying information, but that can make receiving data or
instructions a much more enjoyable experience, which will keep trainees
involved and help them retain more information.
- Make learning fun. Why? Trainees will not be
enthusiastic if training sessions are dry and dull. Few employees
respond to or remember complicated concepts or theories; they want to
learn practical information about what they can do to get better results
today. If they dont find the message entertaining, they wont retain
it. Since variety is the spice of life, use several different training
methods to engage trainees in a variety of ways. Also work to alternate
the pace of each session to keep trainees interest level high.
- Use humor. Humor helps keep enthusiasm at peak
levels. Trainers can make a point more effectively by using humor than
by drowning trainees in statistics or theories. Avoid telling jokes,
however, because humor is so subjective that someone in your audience
may be offended and lose track of training for the rest of the session.
Personal, self-deprecating humor is the safest way to go.
- Use attractive packaging. Use materials that are
well-packaged and that communicate value. Professional packaging is a
powerful tool for setting a good first impression.
- Encourage participation. Make the session lively by
engaging participants in the learning process. In fact, try to spend
close to 80 percent of training time on group participation. Encourage
everyone in the training session to speak freely and candidly, because
learning occurs most readily when feelings are involved.
- Build self-esteem. Employees understandably want to
know whats in it for them. They know that most training programs are
designed to make money for the company, but rarely does training lift
employees spirits or help them to become better in their own lives.
Create a win-win environment by using the training program to build the
participants self-worth and self-esteem.