When organizing a workshop, do you ever evaluate and reflect on the content you are going to train on? How do you know the content is ENOUGH? When training, what should you consider to make it participatory and interactive as possible?
Truth be told, I have been a victim of boring my participants to death by feeding them too much information than is required, training with the notion that I am more exposed to the subject than they are and using of power point presentation making my training less participatory and less effective.
Recently I attended a training of trainers and I must say that it was the best training that I have ever attended since I came to the US.
This blog is going to share some of the important insights I took away with me.
LESS IS MORE
As we all know CPR is the art of infusing life back into a person by helping them breathe. In trainings, CPR means Content Participation Review, and it encourages participation and aids the learning process. To reinforce this point, the hippocampus – thought to be the center of emotion, memory, and the automatic nervous system – can only hold about 20 minutes of information, which is then sent to the short memory and either trashed or sent to the long term memory. For the information to be sent to the long term memory, it needs to be continuously reviewed and thus the importance of CPR. In CPR, the chunk of the training is taken up by participation and the feedback session. In organizing your training the following should be adhered to
Content- up to 8 minutes to introduce the topic, share key information and/or give instructions for the activity.
Participation – 3 to 15 minutes to allow learners to work with introduced topic during the content section
Review – 2- 8 minutes to manage learner feedback from the activity and provide important space for the trainer to summarize and bring out key learning and to make links with the topics
How often do we appreciate the different types of learners amongst our participants? It is important to appreciate them so as to tailor the training to accommodate all the different types of participants in the room. Types of participants/learners include, the activist who likes to be involved in new experiences, they are open minded and enthusiastic about new ideas but get bored with implementation. The reflectors on the other hand like to stand back and look at a situation from different perspectives. The theorists adapt and integrate observation into complex and logically sound theories and finally the pragmatists who are keen to on trying things out, want concepts that can be applied to their job, they tend to be impatient with lengthy discussions, are practical and down to earth.
When I left the training, I knew where it is that I have been failing and what to do to improve my trainings. Later that evening as I reflected, I concluded that in organizing a training I have to incorporate the basics of Information gathering that include the WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHEN, WHERE and HOW to make it effective and inclusive.
Thanks to InsideNGO for the “bestest” training ever!!