effective training

When Workforce Development Doesn’t Work…

After the effort and expense of setting up and coordinating a workforce development event, with the time away from the job, the expense of the instructor, (and don’t forget the expected coffee/donuts and lunch!), what happens next? Was the training worth it? Actually, as many organizational leaders know, it is often difficult to show concrete… Continue reading When Workforce Development Doesn’t Work…

Train the Trainer

Active Learning-10 Ideas to Keep Students Conscious During Training

Creative Training Techniques Engaging a class full of adults might seem like a daunting task but making the classroom an active place helps students use skills in the job. Active learning techniques are more effective than the long-standing tradition of simply listening to lectures, perhaps taking notes, and occasionally asking a question or two. Once… Continue reading Active Learning-10 Ideas to Keep Students Conscious During Training

Train the Trainer

The Biggest Secret to Making Training Work

The Biggest Secret to Making Training Work Congratulations! Students have walked out of an impactful and engaging training class, having given top marks to the instructor on smile sheets. Now you have arrived at one of the most crucial points in performance , the point at which you can make a terrific impact on the… Continue reading The Biggest Secret to Making Training Work

Train the Trainer

Do You Want to Raise Your Expertise as an Instructor?

Three Ways to Quickly Improve Your Presentation Skills with Feedback You already know that great presentation skills are linked to career advancement, increased credibility and ability to influence your organization.   Yet most people do not arrive in this world with well-developed presentation skills. This post will help you get better at presenting, fast.  And… Continue reading Do You Want to Raise Your Expertise as an Instructor?

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Splashing Out Critical Training:Can it Work?

  Splashing Out Critical Training-Can it Work?  When organizations need to change worker’s behavior quickly, they often drag everyone into the room for “mandatory training” for a long slide presentation and urgent messages about the needs of the business.  This approach to training means that we are “telling” people what to do, but not teaching… Continue reading Splashing Out Critical Training:Can it Work?

Learning Culture

When Learners Don’t Want to Learn

Meet Donna. She becomes impatient and critical when paired with an instructor and lately shows nervousness and anxiety when her new supervisor comes by to discuss even more procedural changes. Her performance in the newer inventory system is tentative and error-ridden. She has been observed following the “old way” of working that was changed a… Continue reading When Learners Don’t Want to Learn

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The Needs of The Newly Hired

New employees are in a particularly interesting position. They want to prove themselves, look confident, and share their expertise. But for new hires, often, the team and leader are busy. They may attend an orientation class, and then be left reading standard operating procedures with no one to show them around or answer their questions.… Continue reading The Needs of The Newly Hired

Newsletter

Have you Lost Faith in Training Vendors?

Building Giants Newsletter March 14, 2017 Picture this: A vendor calls someone in Human Resources and pitches their Time Management class: “It’s the next best thing to enhance productivity, returning rave reviews, a 300% return on investment for all kinds of companies, including your competitors!” In their opinion, we had better purchase this class before… Continue reading Have you Lost Faith in Training Vendors?

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The Toughest Skills Gaps to Fix

Building Giants Newsletter February 14th, 2017 Some workers in technical jobs have minimal basic skills in math and reading. Perhaps they quit school and got a low-paying job. They may be relying on experience to eventually get them into higher paying technical positions. This strategy may work for a while. But as the pressures and… Continue reading The Toughest Skills Gaps to Fix

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The Risk of Having Too Few Subject Matter Experts

Let’s say your business occasionally suffers a big loss. It could be caused by a rare problem with a very special customer, or an intermittent failure in the HVAC system. When things go wrong, it is a very bad day, disrupting productivity, or causing lost customers. Who in your organization is best at resolving these… Continue reading The Risk of Having Too Few Subject Matter Experts