Training is something we all have to do at some stage in our careers. For some of us it’s an ongoing process and often makes the heart sink because that training is not stimulating enough.
As a trainer myself I’m conscious of how people might start glazing over in my workshops, particularly now a lot of my Sports Broadcasting and Broadcast Journalism training is with 18-21-year-olds.
The way I combat that is twofold. PowerPoint or Keynote presentations are a good way of me keeping on track and covering the ground but I don’t write what I say. One word or a phrase allied to an image is the way I stimulate learning. Pictures are far more memorable than words. Video embedded into the slides works even more effectively.
Secondly it’s not the training that’s important, it’s that the students learn. So lots of practical exercises and topical examples of people doing things well or not so well are key to my strategy. Everyone gets a say – I encourage discussion and debate and very often the students’ feedback gives me a new perspective on how to teach more effectively.
So for your training sessions, think: 1) Use images and video – not words – to get your message across. 2) Get people doing something so they learn more effectively. Make it a workshop not a seminar!