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Need to train people? Don’t be boring!

Say corporate training to almost anyone in your company and they'll try to find a way out of the conversation. Often the source of office humor, the truth is that corporate training programs are only as good as the trainer (and students) want it to be. Training professional Scott Fabel recognizes how important having the right participation in a training program can help learners gain the knowledge and team work ethic to propel them forward in the workplace: In all of my Corporate Training Programs, I require participation from everyone in the session. When I announce this to the group at the beginning of a course, I get the typical moans and eye rolls from participants who had heard that before from other trainers””only to be lectured at for the remainder of their time together. The challenge in those other classes is that the trainer was giving only lip service to the idea of participation. If you want to increase participation in your courses, the trick is to actually want and welcome learner participation. Scott then lists 5 quick tips to help build the participation level in your corporate training programs. The tips include having small group discussions, knowing when to stop asking questions, and asking the learners to do a reverse review (that is, have them rate the training quality and value – a telling metric that helps make a stronger, more applicable training program).

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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