4 effective training techniques for corporate
You may have known about the importance of corporate training. Since the main factor of any successful business/organization lies in its people. Now, a more important question arises “How to have an efficient training course?”. Well, if you’re looking for improvements for your course, here are a few effective training techniques.
How to identify effective training techniques?
But first thing first, how can you evaluate an effective training technique? To find out which is the sufficient one for your course, you need to ask yourself these questions:
Does it enhance the learning process?
Well, it’s pretty obvious that effective training techniques will make the learning process easier and more engaging. When they are applied skillfully, your training program should be able to:
- Captivate trainees’ attention
- Simplify complex information
- Make knowledge memorable
Could it create better training outcomes?
As true as they say, the result does tell you a lot! And it’s the easiest way to see if your trainees are learning better too. Thus, effective training techniques must:
- Provide trainees practical skills
- Help users solve problems to achieve goals
Finally, you should compare the results before with the results after training techniques are used. If the later outcomes are higher then congratulations, your current training methods are working successfully!
There you have it, ways to recognize effective training techniques. Now, let’s dig deeper and learn about them. Here are the 4 useful training methods that you don’t want to miss!
4 effective training techniques for corporate
1. Video-based training method
Long gone are the days learners have to look at books or slide-show full of texts. Indeed, visual learning is getting more and more popular because of its many benefits. And videos are the most favored tools to use for training in general.
Take a look:
Because the video form allows us to be creative, there are various types of the video-training method as well. However, these three are the most famous and well-like type of videos.
A – Talking-head video
This is the most basic and also the easiest type of video to do. Basically, it is a video of the instructor lecturing about certain subjects or giving instructional guidelines. Occasionally, there are pictures or texts to highlight important points. But, while being quite cheap and don’t take lots of time to make, talking-head/self-recording videos also have lots of disadvantages.
First, it can appeal tedious to learners. To be honest, listening to instructors for a long time is not so different from having to sit in a traditional classroom. Especially, at the time when people is more familiar with visual content, then talking-head videos might not do the trick.
Second, it is not flexible to fit different types of subjects. For example, with teaching language or math, talking-head videos are the perfect delivery tools. But when it comes to topics like swimming, medical operation training or even history, then self-recording videos may not be the right choice because of its lack in visual elements.
B – Live-action video
Another great option is live-action videos. Unlike talking-head videos, live-action is definitely more interesting and flexible. Think of it as a small film, you can get creative with the script and actors. Furthermore, live-action brings training situations to life. Hence, trainees get better insights and can easily see anything the instructor wants to show them. For example, for training salesmen, live-action videos can express various situations between salesperson and customers, that trainees can learn from.
But this option also has its downside, which is the high cost of time and money. Hire locations, actors and the technical filming team (including lights, setting, camera, sound recording) can cost a fortune. Not to mention, the big amount of time it takes you to edit all the footage and add effects afterwards.
C – Animated video
Last but definitely not least, animation! Lately, educational animation has become one of the biggest trends in e-Learning.
So, what makes it so special? Here are the main reasons why:
The first and also the biggest strength of animation that you can’t find in the other 2 options is its incredible visualization. With animation, there is no limit in creativity. Anything you can think of, they can be drawn. In this department, clearly animation is far more superb than talking-head and live-action videos. Of course, live-action does give us great visuals. But when handling topics like medical or physics training, it can hardly pull off. Take this for instance, a transparent and simple animated scene like this, is easy to understand:
While live-action videos can make the mentioned matter even more complex and maybe a little gory (if it’s real). On the other hand, thanks to animation’s flexibility, you can have complete control about how the images look like. Animator may even use colors or paces to guide learners where to pay extra attention and etc,…Therefore, animation fits in almost every training subjects. Hence, no matter what your training topic is, animation can express them vividly. As well as making trainees hooked on learning by being the treat for their eyes.
Secondly, animation simplifies complicated information. As mentioned earlier, it’s one of the factors of effective training techniques. Animation makes that possible because trainees can see the subject matter in action clearly through animated lessons.
The last factor which made animation a perfect training tool lies in its age-friendliness. Indeed, there is hardly anyone out there who hates it. Why? Cause animation has endless styles. If you’re training young people, colorful or adorable appearances will surely catch their attention. On the other hand, to senior trainees, you can choose a more subtle style with neutral colors and designs. Either way, it’s a win-win for every age, cause learners today require more brain stimulation as they learn better with visual content.
Take this instructional animated clip for instance:
How can you apply animation into your course wisely?
There are 2 simple ways to do this :
- Use animation as visual aids for your course (like how CrashCourse does)
- Or develop a full-blown animated program (takeTedEd for example)
2. Storytelling training method
Why the storytelling technique works in corporate training? It has been widely known that humans are drawn to stories naturally. And since the earliest of time, our ancestors were already teaching each other lessons and values through them. So including this method in your course is undoubtedly a great idea. Cause stories can provoke good feelings and keep learners motivated. As a matter of fact, they also create special bonds for users emotionally. Therefore, any messages or lessons they carry are hard to forget. As little kids, we first learned not to trust strangers or wandering around alone because of Little Red Riding Hood, right?
Tips on how to build a creative story
Remember, you don’t need to be a professional storyteller to tell a good story.
With these three basic advise, you can immerse an interesting storyline in the training program.
- Set a clear problem to solve. The problem is the skill you want your trainees to learn
- Create obstacles along the way. From easy to hard, the obstacles represents real-life difficulties your trainees might encounter in their working process
- End it with a bang. Show how the problem is solved in the end. At this point, trainees have learned their lesson.
Another small tip: Animation is a recommended medium to convey your story! It helps visualize your story in many ways. Whether it’s a story take place in space or have unique styles, animation will surely deliver them
3. Interactive training techniques
There is a firm belief in the saying – “Learning by doing”. Truly, the learning process is only completed when learners have the chance to practice. Thus, it is what interactive training activities are for.
Ways to interact with your trainees
Try these simple yet helpful activities to help increase trainees’ engagement and memory of the knowledge.
- Role-plays: a classic training simulation, in which participants interacting with one another with their given role to play. It could be salesman vs customer, etc. This method builds up trainees’ confidence and improves their problem-solving reflexes
- Q&A sessions/games: it can be applied in both traditional training and online training. Not only it keeps track of your trainees’ progress but also strengthens their knowledge
- VR training solutions: Virtual Reality is a relatively new but exciting training technique. It gives a practical learning experience by training people in the most realistic way possible, without no risk in the real world.
These training techniques will enhance trainees’ performance as well as make them feel safely companied.
4. Blog-writing method
Finally, have a place to store all training information, ready for the next use. Plus, the blog will come in real handy when trainees need a quick revision. You can even create the feedback section under each post for trainees to submit their feedback!
[Take it away] Some simple tips to improve online course retention and completion rates!
Altogether, these 4 training techniques and many other ones can improve your course. Each technique has its own advantages and downside, so make sure to consider the ones that fit your purpose the most! Nevertheless, a successful training program must contain these main traits – engaging, interactive, easy to comprehend and practical!
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