Design Effective Training Workshops

How to design training events that consistently engage delegates. maximise learning and deliver results

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So you need to design a training workshop to develop people in your organisation, or maybe (as a subject matter expert) you've been asked to share your expertise with others. You know exactly what you want to cover, but know that a long PowerPoint Presentation with a few questions thrown in isn't going to cut it.

You need people to engage with your topic, you need them to buy into it, really get to grips with it and (more importantly) go away motivated and able to do something differently as a result. You want to deliver a course that educated and engages!

Especially as you know that somebody somewhere will be questioning the cost and practicality of taking people off the job. Your training workshop needs to have style and substance!

This course on designing training will help you to create an engaging training event that will enable people to put what they learn into practice and make a difference when they go back to work. It assumes that you have done your initial consultation/analysis AND scoped out your content at a top line, and takes a practical approach. It's not about learning the theory; its a practical course that takes you on a step by step journey to allow you to design your own effective training workshop.

Although it assumes a face-to-face course as standard ALL the principles and good practice apply just as well to virtual training.

Included with the course are downloadable checklists, how-to guides and templates so you can design your own training course with confidence.

It's ideal if you have a training workshop to design as you work through the course, so that you can create it as you go. If not, you can learn all the principles so that when you DO need to design a learning event, you know how to do that to maximise impact and effectiveness.

Say goodbye to boring PowerPoint based courses that everyone forgets, and hello to engaging workshops that have a lasting impact.

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About this course

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Your Instructor

Sheridan Webb
Sheridan Webb

Sheridan is the community manager of the Training Designer's Club, which is a virtual community for training designers and L&D professionals of all kinds. Visit for more information.

As well as running the Training Designer's Club, Sheridan is one half of the Training Design Podcast and continues to run her own bespoke consultancy, Keystone Development and Training Ltd. She has been designing training programmes for over 20 years working on behalf of well known businesses such as Kellogg's, Costain, Aldermore Bank, Johnson Cleaners and Warburtons. She has also designed a number of ready-written bite-size training sessions which are available to purchase at

The one thing that Sheridan prides herself on above everything else is her practicality. If you want theoretical courses or courses that cover general concepts, you will be disappointed. She's all about getting stuck in, taking practical action and focusing on what works.

About me

A little more about me and my experience in training design

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this course aimed at?
It's aimed at subject matter experts who are asked to share their expertise via formal training and don't know how to bring their passion to life without over-loading people. It's also aimed at experienced facilitators who may have traditionally relied on inherent knowledge and facilitation skills to deliver a course by instinct and now want to take a more planned and structured approach. It's also for you if you have recently moved into an L&D role from another part of the business, or as a graduate trainee.
I'm an experienced facilitator - will it be too basic?
Chances are, you will know some of this already. BUT... if you're used to relying on your subject knowledge and facilitation skills to deliver a session almost instinctively, you may find designing in detail difficult. This course shows you a process to take the confusion and complexity out of the design process. Use it as a way to strengthen where you are already good, and develop areas that may be causing you difficulty.
What type of course will this help me to design?
Almost anything! It assumes a skills-based subject such as sales, recruitment or performance management, but it applies equally well to product training, systems training or compliance training. Anything that can be covered face to face in a group session (so probably not fork-lift truck driving or brain surgery).
What will I be able to do at the end?
Design a detailed session plan, relevant exercises and useful delegate materials and visual aids... but it's NOT a desk-top publishing or visual course.
What if I've never designed training before?
It's best to start with the Planning Training Module so that you have a solid foundation. But even if you don't, the course follows a step-by-step process, using everyday language and focusing on practical actions, not theories to help you to create an engaging and practical learning event. Y
What packages do I need?
Nothing special. This not about designing elearning, so you can use whatever package you like. It assumes Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (Or Google docs and slides) but as long as you have somewhere to write your session plan (course notes) and create slides, you'll be fine.

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