Zen and the Art of Training Plan Maintenance

Ever planned to run a 1ok mini-marathon? Good intentions, right? One part says Yes. Another says… No. There’s always that little voice in your head going, “Can’t we do it later? Just a little while? Pur-lease!” For me, I like the idea of training, but making the actual effort can be different. Corporate training is […]

How to Get Meaningful Feedback After Training

What’s your reaction when you’re asked to give feedback? I expect it’s that unpleasant feeling when you feel obliged to do something, but would rather not. Most of us don’t like giving feedback. Somehow there is a negative element associated with it. However, we need feedback. Others need it too. Giving it to others helps […]

Training Plans: Push v Pull techniques

If you’re developing training material, consider blending push and pull techniques to ensure learners retain more of the subject matter. What’s the difference? Push gives the information to the learner. The learner is passive. Pull encourages the learner to find the information they need. The learner is active. Of course, most training materials should combine […]

17 Training Plan Writing Guidelines

Let’s say you’ve been asked to create a new training plan. You want to develop a series of modules that provides real value, that helps the learner succeed, and makes you, the trainer, feel satisfied. Where do you start? Let’s begin with these guidelines. When writing the training material: Highlight the benefit. Instead of describing […]

Is Your Training Plan Broken?

If you’ve seen Denzel Washington in Training Day, you’ll know that his training methods, while effective, are not the most orthodox. In the movie, Denzel is assigned to train a rookie and, for various reasons all of which make sense later, puts him through a series of challenges. Training Plan Day: what’s the point? One […]

The psychology of receipts

Do you want a receipt? Is what the local petrol station asks if you use a credit card? Why? It makes me suspicious of their reason NOT to give me a receipt. It embarrasses me in front of others. Now that I want a receipt, it creates a small delay. Asking the attendant to print […]