5 top tips for effective training delivery
At Highfield we’ve been helping tutors and trainers to maximise their classroom sessions for four decades. Initially we focused on food safety training, utilising our chairman Richard Sprenger’s extensive knowledge of the subject to provide leading resources for enforcement officers, food safety trainers and, of course, learners.
Over time our range of training materials has evolved, as has the range of subjects we cover. We now offer books, training presentations, revision cards, DVDs and e-learning in subjects as diverse as food safety, health and safety, security, first aid and customer service.
Yet, despite this growth, at the heart of our product development has always been this question: ‘What do our customers want?’ We pride ourselves on providing products that answer this question, giving exactly what the trainer and learner wants and needs from a specific resource.
A key tool that we find trainers and learners both engage with is a well-designed training presentation. An effectively designed training presentation should provide the content to engage, educate and inspire, as well as save the tutor time by covering all the required learning outcomes. But, of course, a presentation is only a single piece of the training mix.
So, without further ado, here are our top tips for getting the most from your classroom session.
1) The five P’s
Proper preparation prevents poor performance! It’s an old adage but it’s true. Before you deliver any training always take the time to prepare. Know your subject and take the time to ensure the information within your presentation is accurate and relevant to the learners you are teaching.
2) Be credible
Linked to the proper preparation, ensure that the information you provide is up to date, is based on the latest technical information available, reflects the latest legislation and accounts for industry best practice.
If you’re delivering training using a Highfield training presentation, check that the edition you’re using is up to date. We review our presentations regularly and share product update documents, which detail any changes, on our website.
We design our presentations in PowerPoint to allow our trainers to edit and adapt them to suit their preferred style. Adding relevant and up-to-date news articles and video footage can be the difference between a good training session and a great one!
3) Motivate and inspire
Know your audience! It’s important that you understand your class and the type of learner that you’re dealing with. What is the background of the class? What industry do they work in? What do they care about?
Once you can answer these simple questions it should allow you to keep a class engaged and inspired. Keep the content relevant, skim over information that isn’t relevant or adapt it to suit the group you’re teaching. Use the correct level of language – can everyone in the group speak English?
Will learners go back to the workplace and implement what you have taught? Ensure information sticks by making use of relevant interactive and group exercises. Allow your learners to share their experiences as well as listen to your anecdotes.
4) Time management
Practise, rehearse and practise again! Stay aware of the time so that you don’t need to rush through your training. Don’t linger on the same topic for too long or allow too many distractions, try to control the number of questions a group can ask.
Keep introductions short – especially for large groups – and have a plan for late arrivals or equipment malfunctions. Can you convert group exercises to class questions, reduce the number of stories you tell, or provide homework?
If you are using a Highfield training presentation, make sure you study it before use. We often provide more exercises than you will need, so decide which ones are essential for your learners and which can be optional.
5) Go the extra mile!
Nobody wants to endure death by PowerPoint! You’re not narrating an audiobook – you’ve got a live audience. Vary your training and don’t rely solely on the training presentation for your content. Tell relevant and interesting stories that share your experience, involve the class and ask them to share their own stories. Make your session memorable. If your session is memorable, the information you share is more likely be retained. Remember to make use of your speaker/presenter notes, and interactivity. Recap the learning regularly, and make use of formative assessment, such as Highfield ABCD cards at the end of each module. Ensure your learners understand what they have been taught so that there are no nasty surprises by the time they sit their assessment.
Highfield offers training presentations in a wide range of subjects including first aid, food safety and HACCP, health and safety, fire safety, allergens, security and more.
If you think our professionally designed, time-saving training presentations might help your training delivery, take a look at our range of training presentations on www.highfieldproducts.com or call 0845 226 0350/01302 363277.