Training: You know the sort of thing – people rock-up to a room/Zoom. They don’t want to be there. The trainer teaches some theory. People say they'll use what they've learned.
But they don’t.
Or they do for a bit, then slip back to old ways.
That's a waste of time, money, energy… and the will to live.
One problem with training is that it's a short-term thing that’s supposed to cause a long-term impact.
But that won't happen. It isn’t long-term enough.
So, a critical part of preparing training is to prepare your follow-up.
E.g, you could schedule follow-ups where delegates are accountable for using what they've learned. They’d have to share three things:
- The best successes they've had since the training
- The techniques they used to achieve these successes
- The benefits these successes have given them/the company
This works great – after all, nobody wants to be the one who hasn’t done it.
Short summary: ‘Training only = bad. Training + follow-up = good’