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How to Get the Best From a Training Course

How to Get the Best From a Training Course

How to get the best from a training course

These guidelines will help you get the best out of any training course you attend.

1. Before you attend a training course, spend a little time analysing your own strengths and relative weaknesses*. This early self-analysis will help you to identify your most important learning objectives.

2. When you have your learning objectives clearly understood, then pay close attention to the course content, and pick-out those elements that relate specifically to those objectives. Think about how you can use the course content to eliminate any weak-links in your performance.

3. Give 100% commitment to the training day. Involve yourself both intellectually and emotionally.

4. As the day progresses, the course content will likely trigger new ideas, in your mind. When that happens, make additional hand-written notes and think about how you can best put your new ideas into practice at work (and at home).

5. Talk to the other delegates and ask them how they are reacting to the course material. Remember that other delegates may see things differently to you.

You may gain additional benefits by explaining your ideas and listening to theirs.

6. If you don't quite understand any point made by the trainer, don't let it pass. Instead, ask the trainer for a clarification of the point, or an illustrative example. If you have a question, ask it!

7. After the course is over, review your notes several times and build plans that describe when, where and with whom, you will apply the material.

8. Try to ensure that it's YOU who extracts the most value from the training.

9. Whatever you learn, try to pass the knowledge onto someone else. Teaching what you have learned will embed the material deep into your mind and multiply the value of the initial training.

10. Enjoy the day!

*Training Needs Analysis Questionnaire

Our free Training Needs Analysis has been designed to reveal your relative strengths and how to make the most of them, together with your relative weak points and what training you could undertake to improve them.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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