Do I REALLY Have To Do This?

In a perfect world, learner motivation wouldn’t be an issue: Corporate training and subsequent trainee learning would be an effortless dance. A corporate trainer would meet with a group of employees who are eager learners. The trainees would absorb the material, and the trainer and trainees would part ways, resulting in trainees richer in knowledge and a trainer satisfied with a job well-done. dancers

Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.

In the corporate environment, taking time out for training is not often at the top of an employee’s list and learner motivation can be a struggle. What can trainers do to inspire their trainees to more engaged in their training?

We offer 5 tips below:

Active Corporate Training

When trainees are actively participating in the learning, they have a higher chance of staying interested in what they’re doing. If the training is delivered online through your company’s LMS, then make sure there’s an opportunity for the trainee to actively participate. This could be through an online assessment or through an online video followed by a live discussion.

Gamification

gamesCompetition can be a great way to keep trainees interested in what they’re learning. And, through the gamification of courses, the competitive spirit can become a part of the training process.

In the same way that I can get my 4 year old to clean up quickly if it’s a “race”, one can inspire an adult to complete a course on “Safety In The Workplace” by offering some type of prize to the first person who completes the course with at least a 90% score.

Enthusiasm

If I’m leading a training and am excited about the material, my learners will be excited as well. Enthusiasm is contagious!  While it might be tough to get excited about a compliance course that you’re teaching, if you’re training sales people on how to make more sales, or teaching management how to develop a unified corporate vision, then there’s no excuse not to be excited.

Develop a “teacher voice.” Use inflection instead of monotone. Act excited. You’ll be surprised at how your trainees will feed off of this energy and return it to you ten-fold.

Stories

little red riding hoodIn a previous post, I talked at length about how stories can be used within the training process. From the time that we’re young, we love to hear stories.

If you can manage to weave a story into a training course that has otherwise dry content, then you can inspire your trainees to pay attention to what you’re saying.

Does the Training Have Logical Flow?

Human beings are logical creatures by nature. With this in mind, as you prepare your training materials, be sure to take a step back and look at the overall flow of your material. Is there a logical order to your course with a beginning, middle, and end? Or is the course just a hodgepodge of disconnected topics?

Additional thoughts?

Keeping trainees engaged in the material is an important part of the training process, especially when the trainees are being trained in something that they’re not particularly interested in.

Above we’ve listed 5 tips to increase trainee engagement.  What do you do to keep your trainees engaged?  Feel free to use the comment form below.

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