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How To Train Effectively

Updated on November 2, 2014

The Four Key Elements Necessary To Effectively Train Others


1. Engage Your Students/Trainees

Rather than reading and testing for material, really seek to educate the person about the company and processes. Determine if the person, or audience, retains knowledge by evaluating the best opportunity for people to learn.

The 3 most common learning styles are:
* Visual-Spatial Learners (learning by seeing)
* Auditory-Sequential Learners (learning by hearing)
* Kinesthetic Learners (learning by doing)

**Create a mixture of ways to engage your students by taking quizzes or giving prizes for students that retain critical job applicable knowledge or skills.

2. Adjust Training According To Your Assessment Of Understanding Class Average

Do not create training material designed to push people through the program as fast as possible. If training takes an additional week then it takes an additional week. Simple as that. Pushing trainee's through material in an attempt to hurry up and get them on the floor and into production is a formula for job frustration and detrimentally effects other employees.


3. Create individual dialogue checking in with each person

Check in half way through the training process to determine if the trainee has retained clear understanding and knowledge of what has been taught. Meet with them individually so the person can feel comfortable revealing questions or concepts not clear to that individual. Create an atmosphere where no question is off limits and respond favorably to any and all questions.


4. Create and Committ to A Partnership

Check in with new hires once a month in order to review the progress of the trainee. Reveal actions worthy of congratulations and strengthen the areas of opportunities that challenge the individual.


Far too often employers pride themselves on their training process. Creating a program that they feel provides knowledge and information needed in order for new employees to perform as an effective member of the organization. Yet the companies often instruct and focus only on passing training modules and pushing new employees through the process. It is the trainers job to ensure the information presented has been absorbed by the new employee and focus less on the completion of tasks. Engaging employees and providing information without overloading and force feeding as much as possible in the shortest amount of time creates a poor work environment for the employer and employee alike.

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