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How to increase the effectiveness of your training

A tool kit of suggestions for trainers and speakers

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Language:  English
Whether you are a public speaker, corporate trainer, freelance workshop leader, teacher or manager, there is something for you in this book.
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Drawing on his forty years of speaking and training experience, Harold Taylor provides tips, techniques and training strategies for those involved in the transferring of information to others. A veritable trainer’s toolkit, this book takes you through the planning and preparation process, the design of the training program, the delivery, evaluation and application of the information to the learner’s work and life.

Whether you are a public speaker, corporate trainer, freelance workshop leader, teacher or manager, there is something for you in this book. Harold explains why you should never ask “Are there any questions?” , why training modules should not exceed twenty minutes, why it’s important to know the group and the problems they are experiencing before the actual training, how the room environment can affect learning, why a variety of visual aids in essential, how to measure training results and more.

  1. Purpose, planning and preparation
    1. Invest time in planning
    2. Training program objectives
    3. Applying research to training
    4. Bridging the gap from research to application
    5. Create an atmosphere for learning
    6. Success is in the little things
    7. Develop a personalized checklist
    8. Schedule training during peak learning times
    9. What day is best?
    10. Take a lesson from business meetings
  2. Designing the training program
    1. Break your material into modules
    2. Provide valuable material in student notes
    3. Watch for those urban legends
    4. Record your sources
    5. Avoid information overload
    6. Don’t ignore the basics
    7. Training an aging population
    8. Keep up with the times
  3. It’s not who you know but how much you know about those you know
    1. Do your homework before the training starts
    2. Pre-program questionnaire
    3. Get input from the participants themselves whenever possible
    4. Time Problem Survey
    5. Introduce yourself before you’re introduced
  4. Getting off to a good start
    1. The cell phone dilemma
    2. Should we be focusing on their learning styles?
    3. Grab their attention
    4. Effective learning
    5. Be prompt returning from breaks
    6. Show & tell as a training tool
    7. Don’t let your knowledge interfere with results
    8. Don’t overwhelm your students with options
  5. The most important factor in learning is student involvement
    1. You don’t have to be an expert in a topic to teach it
    2. Getting involvement through questions
    3. Ice breakers are fun
    4. Group involvement
    5. Don’t assume ownership of other people’s problems
  6. The use of stories in training
    1. Stories are modern day parables
    2. Attitude is important in making time management ideas work
  7. Educational toys for adults
    1. Fun and games
    2. A practical demonstration of prioritizing
    3. Illustrating the inefficiency in multitasking
    4. Illustrating multitasking to groups
    5. The power of a thought
    6. Getting involvement with stress dots
    7. A time management classic
  8. The training is not over until you see the results
    1. Quantifying your training results
    2. Evaluation & feedback
    3. Help your students apply the ideas
    4. Organize your training files
    5. Heed your own advice
  9. Life is the greatest trainer of all
    1. My RTH factors
  10. Quick tips for trainers
    1. Summary of suggestions for getting the most from your training sessions
  11. Addendum
    1. A time management checklist
    2. Action plan
    3. Three of the most useful ideas:
    4. How to implement the ideas
    5. Making time work for you
    6. Implement a new idea each week
  12. Books referenced in How to Increase the Effectiveness of your Training
  13. About the author
About the Author

Harold Taylor