Design Training in Six Simple Steps

Using 4 Pillars for Success

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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.

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.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction and Objectives
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  Pillar 2 - WHO
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  Summary and Next Steps
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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.
What will I be able to do after completing this course?
Take a planned and methodical approach to designing great events so that they are relevant, flow, and are engaging. It covers all the core principles - ideal as an introduction or a refresher - especially if you have lots of training experience but have never actually been trained to design!
Do I need specific software?
No - this course is about the principles of designing interactive facilitator-led training sessions, whether they are face-to-face or virtual. the content is delivered via short video lessons with pdf files. You may find having a notebook to hand useful though.

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