How To Get the Most Out of a Training Course

Attending a training course can open up a whole host of exciting opportunities.  You can change the way you do things and look at things in a different way and overall improve your performance. Most training courses tend to be short and of course they are not always one to one.  So, if you want […]
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Attending a training course can open up a whole host of exciting opportunities.  You can change the way you do things and look at things in a different way and overall improve your performance.

Most training courses tend to be short and of course they are not always one to one.  So, if you want to get the most out of a training course, you should do some preparation.

Here are some quick tips to ensure you get the most out of a training course:

Have a clear idea of what you would like to get from it -   Take a look at the course overview and objectives and be sure that the course is the right one for you.  Think about how the content fits with your personal development plan and your other objectives.  Then, write down some objectives for the course.  Most training providers (including us) will ask you at the beginning of the course what you are looking to get from your time there.

Ask Questions - Don't be afraid to ask questions during the course.  The trainer or facilitator should be well prepared for people asking questions.  They should answer your points, open them up as a discussion to other group members or find out the answers after the course and get back to you.

Get Involved - Many training courses (including ours) are designed to be interactive, meaning the trainer and facilitator would like you to be involved.  They may ask questions or set small tasks for you and your fellow delegates to take part in.  The only way to get the best from this is to actively get involved.  Also, take time to get to know your fellow delegates.

Reflect - Don't head back to the workplace expecting things to change immediately.  Take some time to consider what your approach to change will be.  Most courses (including ours) will provide some time for action planning  allowing this reflection to happen.  Having a discussion with your line manager is a really good way of doing this.

Use the Learning - Don't put the course materials in a drawer and leave them there.  If this happens then the learning goes with it.  Instead, regularly review the learning, in particular your action plan and keep it fresh.  Continue to put new things into practice.  Keep a check on your personal development plan to ensure you are making progress towards them objectives within it.

Good luck with any future learning you undertake.  We hope these few points will help.


David Lumley10th February 2013

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