If you want project managers to take note of what you are saying, to retain the information that they are given, then you need to be able to deliver effective training. You need to focus on training that will really help to enhance their project management skills. The right training is a valuable tool that can really add to any existing PM accreditation that someone already has and help them to use it more effectively in real-world situations.
There are a number of proven tips that can really help you when it comes to ensuring that the training you are delivering is effective. Read on to discover the tips that could make all the difference to your training.
Points to consider
- It is always a good idea to start any training with an overview. Let the trainees know exactly what you will be covering and in what order. Repetition of key points as you go along can be helpful as well. This will help individuals to retain the information that is being relayed to them.
- If you plan to show any multimedia to illustrate your points, explain what you will be showing before you start, this helps to improve the learning experience.
- Where possible use hands on experience this has been shown to be much more effective when it comes to putting things into context. Being able to demonstrate then apply your point will offer greater understanding.
- Test your trainees often to make sure they understand what you have already covered.
- Get trainees involved the more involved they are the more likely they are to retain the information that you offer them.
- Repeat any questions you have asked before answering them this is a helpful way of ensuring the answer is understood in context of the question.
- Keep your training on track, keep to your schedule and don’t allow things to go too far off course.
- Allow time for breaks. If people are needing to stretch their legs, pop to the toilet or grab a drink they are less likely to concentrate.
- Ask for feedback. This will be helpful in knowing what you need to cover better and even what points of the training people felt were not necessary.
These points are a great place to start with any training that you run, whether it is for project managers, or not. However, these are simply basics and if you want to deliver really effective training there are other things you may want to consider.
Make your training memorable
When you make training more memorable, people remember you and they remember the things that you had to say. So use humour and make your training interesting and enjoyable. If you need to use multimedia items to illustrate points, make sure they are clear and good quality so that people remember the contents and not that they couldn’t see the images properly.
It is also great to get people more involved when you deliver the training. Don’t just deliver the information and hope that it will be remembered. Instead, be more reactive to the individuals you are training and make sure that participation is encouraged.