10 Steps to Successful Training

Biech, Elaine
April 2010
10 Steps to Successful Training - Business Book Summaries;2010, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p1
Book Summary
Book Summary
In 10 Steps to Successful Training, author Elaine Biech forgoes a traditional, methodical guide to training in favor of explaining in detail the characteristics, actions and behaviors of truly effective trainers. Each of the ten steps keys in on an essential component of effective training, allowing readers to access specific information according to their interests or needs. First and foremost, effective trainers are familiar with the history of training and use that information to design effective training practices. Because businesses will expect a return on their training investment, trainers should also align their program design with the organization�s bottom line. Adult learning principles should serve as a framework when developing training sessions. Adult learners need to be aware of why they are being trained, and trainers should allow participants to take an active role in learning and provide plenty of practical, real-world examples. The best trainers know their material cold and are well-organized. This means preparing every detail of the session, including the setting, the participants, and the trainers themselves. A safe and engaging environment is essential to the learning process, as is the quality of the presentation. Trainers should pay special attention to their delivery and tailor the presentation to appeal to the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic ways that people learn. The trainer should also take pains to ensure the content is compelling from beginning to end. One of the main tasks of a trainer is to be an effective facilitator, getting participants actively involved in content. It is important to not only present content but also allow participants to experiment, explore, and practice until they really know it. The author offers several tips and techniques that trainers can use to enhance learning and add creativity to the program. The real key to successful training is a successful trainer, and the most effective trainers are...


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