In an earlier blog, I talked about three groups of people needed for training success in your organization. These groups are managers, trainers, and employees. In this blog I will look at how we, as trainers, can ensure training success where we work. This can be extremely challenging because not only do we need to learn and apply professional best practices ourselves, but we also must educate and influence those around us to allow us to implement those best practices!
How do we learn and apply training best practices?
Attend Langevin Learning Services’ workshops, of course! This will help you fill your own knowledge and skill gaps in the training profession. We have individual workshops, as well as certification programs, to meet all your training needs.
1. Create an action plan with your manager to gain agreement that he/she will allow you to implement your new skills. When we write goals down with our managers and gain agreement, things are more likely to change.
2. Be open to change yourself and do not be afraid to try new things to improve both the instructional design and the delivery of your training programs. It may be hard to dump the PowerPoint slides, but if we want to improve ourselves, we need to break out of our comfort zones.
How do we educate and influence those around us for a better training climate?
Encourage one very vocal and influential manager to allow you to apply best practices with a key training request as a “pilot” program. Then both of you show the results to other managers to spread the word!
2. Encourage managers to explore non-training solutions in addition to training solutions to solve business problems. Let them know that training is not a magic pill that will cure all performance problems.
If you work on implementing some of these suggestions, you will be well on your way to a happier work climate for all!