One of the big issues most training providers have is having confidence that learning won’t just stop at “new awareness and knowledge” but actually transfer through to being applied in the workplace. This of course is a big issue for organisations who are the sponsors of training investment and one of the most common pieces of resistance we hear as to reluctance to spend money on “external training” is “how do we know we will get any return for our spend?”.
It is also endemic that those people who attend training events often come with the mind-set “just another training day and another manual to put on the bookshelf that I’ll never look at again”
So – our response to this is to ensure that delegates actually DO something with what they learn and not only that, but that they find out that is the expectation before they even start the training.
One of the very successful ways we have achieved this is by setting in place post programme Executive Presentations. We generally recommend these are timetabled approximately 6-8 weeks after completion. Delegates are tasked to put together a “presentation” attended by either the whole Exec or SMT team, or a good representation of those teams. The topic(s) of the presentation is:-
- What they learned on the programme that made a real impact on them
- What they have already done in terms of applying the learning in the workplace
- What they intend applying in the near future
- What benefit the business has gained from these applications
We give delegates help in terms of some tips and guidance on how to make that “presentation” in itself, impactful, but also hand them ownership in terms of how they do it, encouraging a high degree of creativity and entrepreneurship.
Our track record on these sessions is that without exception, they prove ROI time and time again.
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