You are an experienced facilitator who needs to formalise what you do - maybe so you can train others to deliver on your behalf, OR so you can deliver your sessions virtually rather than face to face. You have a great reputation and want to maintain that, whether you're delivering the same event through a different format OR you are entrusting others to deliver on your behalf.
You can no longer follow your instincts and rely on your years of experience - it leaves too much to chance. You need to get what's in your HEAD onto paper. In effect, reverse engineer the great experience that you provide in a classroom-based workshop so that it can be planned for, reproduced and delivered consistently in another way or by another person.
As an expert in your field, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. You can be too close to the content to approach the design objectively.
This course will allow you to follow a simple process to get great content out of your head and scope out a training course that will deliver results – whether its face to face or virtual. Using 4 Pillars of Training Design will focus your mind (and attention) on what really matters when designing a great training session. It doesn't matter if that session is to be delivered face-to-face or virtually - following these principles will guarantee your training will be a success. Once you have solid foundations, you can enhance it with personal touches.
It's actually a great starting point for those new to training too:
- subject matter experts who are asked to run specialist sessions on specific topics and don't want to deliver a lecture
- those who have moved into training from an operational role, maybe on a secondment
- consultants and coaches who want to add training to their services
If you want a more detailed guide to designing effective training, you can enrol in the Planning Training that Pack a Punch and Designing Effective Training Workshops courses. Both build on the content of this course and go into more detail, taking you through a step-by-step process and providing you with checklists, and templates to take you from blank sheet of paper to completed workshop.
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 www.trainingdesignersclub.co.uk 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 www.power-hour.co.uk
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.