Three ways to improve staff training

In today's workplace, training your employees is essential in developing growth within your business. Training helps ensure that new staff members entering the business can hit the ground running, but also allows you to further develop the skills of current employees.

It's important when hosting a training session that you don't succumb to hosting dull and uninspired workshops for your employees. This kind of training has the potential to leave a bad first impression with new employees but also diminish the motivation of current employees.

Good staff training will focus on educating staff on new products, services and industry trends, and will ultimately contribute to their own personal growth in the process. Remember, the more likely an employee is to receive personal development, the more likely they are to stay at your company.

The best training sessions will include your staff members in the process. By engaging your employees in the workshop you ensure they are more interested in what you are teaching but more importantly you ensure the likelihood of them absorbing the actual training.

Connect with your audience

The last thing you want when conducting your training session is to lose interest from theparticipating staff. Your staff members are intelligent individuals with their own set of opinions, motivations and values so it's important you pay them the credit they deserve.

Engagement is vital in maintaining their interest so it's best to kick off your session with a roundtable and have all your participants swap names and relevant information. Not only does this create a more comfortable atmosphere for those involved, it also gives staff who aren't familiar with each other the chance to introduce themselves. Another great method is to always ask questions during your presentation.

Any involvement that sparks conversation between the participants can be considered a success.

Don't be too formal

There has been a common suggestion that PowerPoint presentations are fast becoming outdated due to advancements made in other technology. However, more often it is the content rather than the technology you present it on that generates interest.

The best thing to do when conducting a PowerPoint presentation, or any presentation for that matter, is to throw in elements that will wow your audience. Try breaking you presentation up with videos or photos that aren't formally related to your discussion.

By making your presentation informal your audience will feel more at home and are more likely to involve themselves in the process.

Be creative

The success of the training process can be defined by how well you allow your participants to interact, but it's vital that you don't force their interaction. Conversations between participants should be carefully initiated and not thrown onto the end of presentations as a last minute consideration. Interactive handouts and roleplays are one way of improving the training process and can also provide an interesting platform for your audience to work with.

Building an effective and interactive training session may seem difficult but adequate planning can simplify the process and make it a success from the start. A great training session will maintain the interest of your employees simply by acknowledging their presence and integrating their own opinion into the discussion.

For more information on how to manage your office read our guide to office management basics.

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