Posts Tagged ‘training’

what-great-trainers-doIn What Great Trainers Do, Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton target the underlying need for trainers to energize and motivate individuals to enact relevant change in their workplaces. They present an approach to attaining well-run training programs that ultimately drive future business for clients. Using time-tested techniques, trainers can deliver dynamic workshops that ultimately help boost profits and positively generate personal growth. From PowerPoint presentations to the effective management of group dynamics, this book offers no-nonsense advice to trainers seeking to create lasting and valuable learning.

Businesses spend upwards of $60 billion each year on training for employees. Despite this, studies have shown that scantily more than 10 percent of teaching material is incorporated into participants’ work environments. The ultimate task for an effective trainer is ensuring lessons learned during training translate to the workplace. This can be achieved by:

  • Creating a framework for training. To build a successful training program, a trainer must integrate content with how the group operates as a whole.
  • Developing a dynamic workshop. Effective trainers are enthusiastic, open-minded, and focused, and they maintain a conversational style.
  • Debriefing to gather the learning. Trainers attain feedback and learning from individuals when they debrief after activities, practices, or presentations.
  • Making presentations interactive. Great trainers involve participants early and often to create learning environments where thoughts are exchanged in a meaningful way.
  • *Evaluating and ending the workshop. Dynamic trainers have evaluation processes where sponsors and participants understand the degree of satisfaction.
  • Serving as a facilitator. Good trainers battle personal and group resistance by intervening when trouble arises.
  • Maturing as a trainer. First-rate trainers redesign failing workshops in real time, should groups feel that coursework is off the mark.

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On September 26th, EBSCO Publishing’s Jerry Eonta will be joining Saul Carliner, author of Informal Learning Basics, to present a webinar on informal learning. The webinar will be hosted by the Human Capital Institute.

Informal learning can represent as much as 70 percent of workplace learning. During this webinar, the presenters will seek to answer the following questions: What is informal learning? What forms can it take? When can it make a difference in workplace performance and when might it actually detract from it? Should you divert resources from formal training to facilitate it?  And how do you evaluate it?

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In the education community, a useful body of research evidence related to training development and delivery has emerged only in the last 20 years. With that evidence, training practitioners now have a better idea of how learning occurs in the brain. In Evidence-Based Training Methods, Ruth Colvin Clark summarizes the most current research that relates to the decisions training professionals face on a daily basis. She explains techniques that maximize learning, provides evidence about the best ways to use examples and practice, and discusses how to organize content.

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