If you attend training sessions, or play some part in creating them, then this post maybe helpful. It’s based on a “Think with google article” on this subject that I came across recently.
If you want a fuller picture of what the article says please do read it and watch its youtube clip. If you’re in a hurry then what follows is my summary of the article’s 6 top tips on making learning stick – before, during and after a training / development activity.
1. Build a personal connection with the training you’re about to attend by answering these questions:
- what can I research on the background to the training’s topic?
- why is it important for me to learn about this topic now?
- how will this help me with my personal and work goals?
- what questions do I have about applying this learning to my work?
If as a participant you are about to go on some training and you can’t answer these questions then maybe the training isn’t for you.
If you’re somebody creating training then check whether your pre-course materials allow participants to answer these questions.
2. Engage with an open mind – e.g. don’t go thinking you know most of the answers but go with an attitude of listening for learning points from others.
3. Ask questions and share feedback.
4. Take notes – maybe referencing them back to your answers to the questions in 1. above.