These 7 tips may help you to keep training as the number one line item on the budget.
1. Think about training dollars as being an investment not an expenditure.
2. Understand that training is learning a specific skill or to acquire knowledge while development is about enhancing and strengthening current skill levels.
3. Be able to answer the following question: After everything is said and done, what results do I want?
4. Assess the situation to make sure that the training intervention is not covering up a symptom of a greater problem.
5. Deliver training in shorter segments (no more than 2 hours) with time in between to allow for application and feedback. HINT: Remember thebrain only absorbs what the butt will endure.
6. Include audio reinforcement to provide numerous opportunities to the learning event. HINT: One time exposure to a learning event leaves 2% cognitive retention after 16 days, but 6 times to that same event results in 65% long term memory. adage “cutting off your nose to spite your face.”
7. Understand the difference between training, teaching and facilitating. These are three separate instructional strategies.
With these seven hints, training will deliver a positive return on your investment (ROI) and more importantly will help you double your business results.
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