Employee training is meant to increase productivity by improving the knowledge and efficiency of employees. For that to happen, the training itself must be effective. An effective training is one that makes the trainees proficient in using the tools of their trade. Here are 5 tips for increasing the effectiveness of your training:
Use a variety of media and materials
A training is more effective when a variety of media and materials are used. The use of different media and materials makes the session interesting and memorable, kills monotony and boredom, and helps present information more effectively. This promotes better understanding and increases the trainees’ retention of the information. So, use a variety of mediums from PowerPoint presentation, YouTube videos, illustrations to handouts and other materials as much as possible.
Repeat key points and procedures
Most people need to be told the same thing two or more times to understand and remember the information. This is especially true in the case of verbal communication. When so many things are being said, most of the trainees quickly forget what was said just a few minutes ago. Some may even have misunderstandings. Therefore, you should repeat key points and procedures two or more times. Speak slowly, look at the trainees in the eyes to see whether you managed to get your point across or not.
Quiz the trainees frequently
Trainees will be more alert and attentive when they know that they will be quizzed. Otherwise, they may lose interest and start talking with each other, playing with their cell phone, daydreaming or doing some other things. So quiz them frequently, picking an individual randomly each time. Ask them what they have understood.
Spice up the lesson with humour
Trainees love it when the trainer makes them laugh with personal anecdotes and witty one-liners. They can more easily understand and remember the parts that are funny. So spice up your session with as much humour as you can without straying too far from the course. The use of humour makes the trainees more attentive. At the same time, it helps creates a more relaxed and friendly environment, which encourages the trainees to participate more actively. The best time to start making the trainees laugh is when you are introducing yourself in the beginning. After that, continue to spice up the lesson with humour at regular intervals.
Hold the training at an offsite location
An increasing number of companies, both large and small, are opting to hold their employee trainings at offsite locations these days. Holding a training at a training room rental in Singapore has several advantages. Employees take the training more seriously and put in more effort to learn what they are taught. There are fewer distractions, such as visitors and phone calls that need to be attended to immediately. Employees are more likely to network with each other.
After the training, you should follow up by asking the trainees for feedback. You can also ask them to write a report. These are very effective ways to determine the effectiveness of the training.