Training Practice

Here you will find informative articles related to all aspects of training practice, including training needs analysis, planning, program design, development, delivery and evaluation.

  • Training Needs or Training Wants Analysis?

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    When you conduct a Training Needs Analysis, are you uncovering needs or wants? What is the difference and why should it matter anyway? In this article, Leslie Allan explores the different mindsets behind looking for real needs and asking about wants. More importantly, he exposes how settling for wants may be holding your organisation back from peak performance.

  • Tips for Designing Persuasive Slide Presentations

    by Adele Sommers Ph. D.

    Slide presentations have a habit of sending session participants to sleep. Adele Sommers draws on current learning research to show how you can get much more from your presentations. Read on to find out how you can get your learning points remembered and participants acting on them.

  • Engaging Learners with Goal Orientation

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    Focusing training program participants on achieving goals is a powerful motivator for learning. Leslie Allan discusses why goal alignment and feedback is so effective and shares his tips for making this strategy work on your training program.

  • Engaging Learners with Real Work Relevance

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    One of the quickest ways to disengage learners is to offer training that is not relevant to their jobs. In this article, Leslie Allan gives seven key pointers for designing and delivering training that links the learning with each participant's real needs in a way that challenges and enthuses.

  • Engaging Learners through Practice

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    Many training programs today are long on theory and short on practice. In this article, Leslie Allan outlines why omitting ample learner practice sessions is short-sighted and wasteful. He sets trainers on the right track with four key techniques for building in effective learner practice.

  • Engaging Learners with Interpersonal Interaction

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    Having the best content in your training programs will be of no use if you cannot engage learners with the material and exercises. Leslie Allan shows you why building relationships with and between your program participants is critical to your program's success. He also shares his favorite techniques for getting learners on board and motivated.

  • Working in the New Age Economy – Essential Skills for Knowledge Workers

    by Dr. Brendan Moloney

    In the New Age economy, new roles are emerging rapidly that require new sets of worker skills. Trainers will also need new competencies in order to lead this new breed of knowledge workers to working more effectively.

  • Two Views of Training

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    You are responsible for the upskilling of employees in your organization. Yet you find that your training programs are not hitting the mark. It may be because you need to change your view of how training works to bring about improved performance. In this article, Leslie Allan contrasts two views of training; one useful and progressive, the other a roadblock to success. To which view do you subscribe?

  • Action-Based Leadership Development: Design Tips for a Successful Program

    by Andy Beaulieu

    Action learning is now widely recognized as a highly effective vehicle for developing leadership competencies. In this article, Andy Beaulieu provides some very valuable lessons on how to make the most of your organization's leadership development action learning program.

  • Six Lessons on Integrating Policies and Procedures into Your Training Program

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    Getting policies and procedures right before training is an oft neglected task. The cost is wasted training resources as participants can't use their learning back on the job. Leslie Allan shares six lessons on how to incorporate procedural documents into your training program for maximum program effectiveness.

  • Training Highly Technical Topics Can Be a Challenge

    by Darshan Shetty

    Delivering technical training requires close collaboration between learning professionals and subject matter experts. Darshan Shetty reveals five key factors for ensuring that this relationship works effectively and the program is a success.

  • Leveraging Social Learning to Improve Compliance Culture

    by Tim Hird

    Compliance training has traditionally been met with bored expressions and lethargy. Social media and social learning have an important new role to play in embedding a compliance consciousness into the organization.

  • The Importance of Planning Training into Projects

    by Darshan Shetty and Natalie Bartos

    Having employees skilled in the new system is an integral requirement for any successful systems implementation project. Doesn't it make sense then to prepare for employee training at the project planning stage? In this article, the authors discuss the key factors you need to consider for any systems project.

  • Musical Learning

    by Dick McCann and Jan Stewart

    Music can be one of the most effective devices you can use to make your workshops memorable. Find out how to select the right type of music for the mood you want to create and practical suggestions on how you can add music to your training for maximum impact.

  • How to Use PowerPoint to Win Over Your Audience

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    In this article, Leslie Allan draws on the lessons learned from witnessing many presentations. Whether you are a trainer, facilitator or manager or are simply reporting on your latest project, these ten tips will ensure that your next presentation is a winner.

  • Making Your Software Training Successful

    by Darshan Shetty

    Training employees in your company's new software application requires more than a "sheep dip" approach. You have a number of issues to consider before, during and after the training. This article examines the questions you should be asking - and answering - if your software training is to have the desired impact.

  • Boring, Boring Webinars

    by Karen Moloney

    Businesses small and large are finding web conferences (webinars) a cost-effective, efficient and convenient way to deliver training to a large number of users across multiple locations. However, it's quite disappointing how many organizations are converting their training – and trainers – to this forum without really considering how to engage their learners in the experience.

  • How to Give Great Presentations at Work

    by Tony Jacowski

    What is a great presentation? In this article, Tony Jacowski highlights the essentials for delivering an engaging presentation, talk or speech in the workplace.

  • Management Training – Myth, Magic or Mayhem?

    by Bob Selden

    What's the most successful way to learn about being a good manager? Bob Selden suggests some tips for all aspiring managers and a few pitfalls to avoid in their quest to become better managers.

  • Extending the Training Room into the Workplace with Job Aids

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    Effective trainers use a variety of training aids to help trainees learn. However, the benefits of these training aids do not need to end when the training program finishes. Transforming such training aids into job aids is a powerful way of extending the training room into the workplace. Leslie Allan illustrates how ten common types of training aid can be transported for effective use back on the job.

  • Running IT Training Off-Site

    by Karen Moloney

    Conducting your IT training externally can have distinct advantages. However, running your course off-site can also hold potential traps for the unwary. Here are ten considerations you need to keep in mind when you are planning your off-site computer course.

  • The Basic Theory of Learning with Stories

    by Jan Stewart

    In this article, Jan Stewart draws upon the latest brain research in explaining how stories are such a powerful learning tool.

  • Rapid Culture Change Is Possible

    by Brace E. Barber

    Brace Barber demonstrates how transformational change in an organization is made possible using immersion leadership training.

  • Training the Right Way: Tips for Novice Trainers

    by Leslie Allan AIMM MAITD

    Starting out as a trainer can be a very daunting experience. Training effectively and making an impact boils down to five key ingredients. Leslie Allan concisely captures the most important factors you need to get right to be a winning trainer.

  • An Exercise to Introduce Extroversion, Introversion and Stereotyping

    by Chris Burton

    Chris Burton describes a quick workshop activity that helps to address value laden and/or negative stereotyping, introduces the notion of psychic energy and opens a discussion on differences in communication styles.

  • Getting Past Major Learning Barriers

    by Kevin Eikenberry

    There are some common barriers that get in our way of being the most productive learners in training: we are forced to be there, we don't see the learning as relevant or valuable, and we feel like we already know the material. While these barriers are real, there are things we can do to jump over or break through these barriers – to make the time invested in these situations more valuable and useful to us.

  • Corporate Values Provide Strong Foundations for Organisational Effectiveness

    by Bob Selden

    The values an organisation holds and shares with its people can be instilled and reinforced through its management education and development efforts. Does this have an impact on organisational alignment and in particular, managerial decision-making? What's the CEO's role?

  • Employee Development: Motivate Employee Participation in Professional Development Opportunities and Improve Performance

    by Gayle Lantz

    When companies think of employee development, they often search for training programs, educational seminars, coaching or the latest book that might offer ideas on what employees can do to sharpen skills or strengthen expertise. However, none of these programs will be effective if the organization lacks one critical success factor: individual motivation. An individual has to want to develop himself before any employee training and development program can be successful.

  • Future Focus: A New Approach to Self Assessment for the Owners of SMEs

    by David Milstein M.AITD; M.IMC

    Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are reluctant to invest in training, even though in this "new economy" skills are increasingly the differentiator between success and failure. David Milstein outlines a new approach to conducting training needs analyses that assists getting these businesses to invest in training.

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