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5 Ways to Make Your Next Corporate Training Engaging
Did you know that more than two-thirds of Americans consider meetings to be complete failures? Don’t become that statistic!
Corporate training doesn’t have to be a drag, and it doesn’t have to be something that people just attend for the sake of attending.
In fact, when done well, corporate training can actually be an exciting opportunity for building camaraderie and fellowship among your team.
Let’s get to what you need to know!
Always Make it Relevant & Effective
Picture this familiar scene. You’re at a long meeting, and the facilitator is droning on and on about a mundane topic- one that doesn’t even apply to you and your work.
Where does your mind wander? What you’re ordering for lunch that day, the laundry you need to do, and how many minutes until it’s five o’ clock, right?
The number one strategy in providing a dynamic corporate training is by keeping it fresh and relevant. You need to make sure that you are actually delivering useful content.
This will require some preliminary research on your end. Consider sending a brief survey to your attendees asking for feedback or topics they want to hear discussed. If you’ve already pre-selected a training course, make sure that it’s effective like these courses.
This will improve employee participation and ideally boost morale.
Before the actual workshop, provide your attendees with an outline of the expected learning objectives for the day.
When is the workshop over? Post a questionnaire or survey with questions about the workshop’s relevance. Your employees’ feedback can provide useful data as to whether or not you were actually on the mark in teaching them.
Integrate Games and Activities
How do most children learn the best? With games, toys, and props, of course? We know that keeping attendees focused is important, and providing interactive ways to do just that is essential.
Tap into your attendees’ creative sides. Focus on a little icebreaker competition or memory task. Offer markers and crayons for people to write with instead of just standard pens.
You can also focus on delivering content in unique, multimedia ways, such as featuring movies or Youtube clips. Having a 100-slide PowerPoint presentation is a surefire way to lose your audience’s attention- mixing in funny or interesting videos peps the energy right back into the room!
Offer small incentives or prizes for winning employees or teams. It doesn’t have to be much- a small trinket or gift card will have everyone’s attention focused.
Keep It Short
Here’s the honest truth. No matter how exciting your content is, nobody wants a corporate training that lasts longer than it needs.
After all, your team is busy, and it’s frustrating for them to have to spend longer than needed on a meeting that covers your agenda.
With that in mind, keep your material time-sensitive and keep the schedule flowing. Start on time, and end on time (if you can end earlier than that, it’s even better).
No matter what, never ever keep people later than the designated time- it’s a sure-fire way to irritate even the most motivated employees.
If you have to present a lot of information, you may have no choice but to host a very long meeting.
If this is the case, make sure that you schedule in plenty of breaks. Give your attendees ample opportunities to socialize, stretch their legs, and grab a coffee.
If you can tweak your schedule to break larger trainings into mini segments, this may also be better. Remember, you can only hold even the best employee’s motivation for so long.
Ask Questions and Encourage Interaction
If it’s just you up there on the podium rambling on and on, you risk losing your audience’s attention.
Encourage your attendees to ask questions, provide feedback, and even disagree if they feel inclined. The more people feel comfortable participating, the better flow your corporate training will have.
And, if you don’t know the answer to a particular question? That’s fine. Strong leaders are always willing to set aside their pride and ego and acknowledge if they don’t know the response.
You’re not expected to have all the answers. Besides, you can always reach out to the audience to see if any of them have any feedback.
Finally, make sure that your Q&A isn’t just a rushed afterthought. Ideally, you want to give people adequate time to ask their questions.
And, make yourself available for 1:1 questions if people don’t feel comfortable asking in front of the large group.
Be sure to send out a follow-up email summarizing the corporate training material. Drop a line encouraging people to reach out if they still have questions or concerns about what was presented.
Be Personable and Unique
If you’re in charge of facilitating the training, don’t just stand up there and be a robot! Remember this: your corporate training doesn’t need to be perfect to be effective.
Instead, have some fun with it! Be a human and tell your own stories. Show them your personal side with jokes and quips.
When you loosen up, you encourage your audience to loosen up as well. And, sometimes that makes it even more effective to deliver complex content.
Final Thoughts on Engaging Corporate Training
No matter what industry you work in, there’s a good possibility that you have routine meetings to discuss tasks, goals, and new training models.
Keep it dynamic, fresh, and engaging! You’ll improve your leadership skills- and keep your team happy. Talk about a win-win!
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