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Got Training Tips and Tricks?
June 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm #103955
Got tips and tricks that can help your colleagues to improve their training activities?
Share them here!
A few that I’ve picked up:
1. Create opportunities for interaction at least every 20 minutes – it seems our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter! Plus, all of us are smarter than any one of us, and I believe the best answers are in the room – people with experience sharing with their peers.
2. If you’re going to use slides, limit the words. I know it’s easier to remember everything you’re going to say if you have them on the slides, but I think people get overwhelmed by slide after slide of straight content. My favorite slide decks use images. Limit the charts and sophisticated flow charts, too, unless you’re really to camp on them or break them up into smaller segments.
3. Incorporate multi-media, including the web. Another way to break up content is to show short videos, listen to a podcast or pull something from the web that drives home your point. Plus, manuals get outdated fast these days. Most venues have Internet access, so it’s easy to bookmark and share great, real-time content.
What are your tips?
July 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm #103963
I attended a presentation at a technology conference in California on how to give an effective presentation and the presenter used this video:
I am sure we have all seen some of those mistakes maken.
The bottom line from the presenter was, when possible, one graphic per slide, one line of text per slide.
The other thing I thought was interesting was while some folks tend NOT to personalize their slideshow, he said if you have kids or a dog, use them…it makes you a person,a nd not just a drone.
Of course, there are probably many cases where that is not appropriate but I thought it was an interesting observation.
July 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm #103961
I think slides should be slides, and handouts should be handouts, and never the twain should meet! Or at least, you should make them separately. When slides are expected to do double duty as handouts, they end up being those thick chunks of text that give PowerPoint such a bad name. The person giving the presentation should make the slides, and someone else, if necessary, can do the handouts. This is such a pet peeve of mine! I hate it when presenters read the slides verbatim, adding nothing that couldn’t have been done by e-mailing the slides to the attendees and saving everyone’s time.
August 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm #103959
Gary C. Powell, Ed.D.Participant
Here is my tip (which is mainly applicable to e-learning): reduce cognitive load as best as possible. If your course is narrated, I don’t suggest making the on screen text (OST) verbatim with the narrator’s script. If you must have OST, versus something entirely visual like an animation, condense your text. Conceptually, its what you should do when you create PowerPoint slides. The OST should contain the main ideas and key words from the script. Learners will enjoy this approach better too, because most people can read faster than they can listen.
Not to mention, as ISDs our goal is to create eLEARNING, not eREADING.
September 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm #103957
Avoid the highly overused “ice breaker” activities people have come to dread (for example, “Who Am I?” or “Two Truths and a Lie”- get creative by utilizing new methods for interaction. I’ve had success with non-traditional spin-offs on board games, such as Mad Gab, Tri-Bond, and Mad Libs.
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