Although the nature of training may vary depending on the requirements of a particular organization, one fact remains true in all situations: much of the outcome of a training session depends on how well it is planned. Whether it is a leadership training program or a soft skills training program, training managers need to keep.
A Few Points In Mind When Drawing Up A Plan
1. Get sufficient information
Find out the specific requirements of the persons you will be training. Find out the areas that need to be targeted, if the group has had previous training on these or associated areas and try to get feedback of what worked best during such training.
2. Set Clear Goals
Sort out the information you have to set priorities of what the trainees require the most at this point of time. For example, if you are asked to conduct a leadership training program but you understand that the participants need to improve their communication, it is this aspect you need to tackle first. Always make it a point to consider the time you have on hand when deciding priorities – a one-day training program means you can cover only the most critical areas whereas longer sessions allow scope for exploring other areas too.
3. Determine your Methods
Decide which methods of training to use depending on the goals you wish to achieve. Role plays are effective to drive home concepts of empathy whereas brainstorming is useful to evoke creative thinking. Remember that participants will have different styles of learning and try to incorporate an intelligent mix of icebreakers, activities, games and lectures that hold appeal for everyone.
4. Create Materials
Collect the items you require for the activities and games. Prepare hand-outs that stress the important points you seek to highlight in the training. Keep the content of these hand-outs short, informative and interesting, and design them in a way that a quick glance conveys the gist of the training. Make arrangements for the equipment you need for training such as flip charts and overhead projectors.
5. Plan Each Session
Determine the number of sessions you need to conduct and the topics you will cover in each. Allot time for several aspects of a session such as an activity, a role play, and a lecture, collecting feedback and wrapping up. Try to schedule lectures for morning sessions when the mind is fresh and activities for afternoon sessions when concentration levels generally drop. Figure in some time for breaks, too.
Whether the program seeks to impart leadership training or any other skill, always remember that the focus should be on delivering what is important for the participants rather than showcasing your skill as a trainer.