3 ways to ensure that your training programs are effective

Worldwide, companies spend millions, even billions of dollars on training employees in order to improve the important skills needed to do a better job at work. The big question is, however, how effective are these training programs? HR and training managers often come across the question whether the training programs they are spending so much money on are effective at all. If you really want to succeed as trainer, you will need to be able to give your clients their money’s worth.

As a trainer myself, I am also always interested in finding out how I can measure the effectiveness of training programs I conduct, and I came across two articles that provide some nice insights on how to measure the effectiveness.

In the first article, titled “Measuring the effectiveness of your training program” (http://ubm.io/1QnAfEn), Rose Polchin discusses using the four-level training evaluation model created by Donald Kirkpatrick. In her article, Polchin describes the model as a tool to help you to objectively analyze the effectiveness and find out how you can improve your training program.

dilbert20031663411201Source: Dilbert on training

In addition to the information shared in the previous mentioned article, John Eades provides some very handy tips on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a training. In his article ”3 Ways Organizations Can Improve The Way They Measure Training Effectiveness” (http://bit.ly/1XRQQRn), John suggest using visual confirmation by asking learners to post vidoes of theirselves putting into practice what they learned, creating social ownership and performing skills assessments.

As you will go through the two articles mentioned above, you will no doubt fully agree with me that every trainer must design his training program with the effectiveness of that program in his mind. This means that there are three important steps you as a trainer cannot afford to skip;

  1. Always remember that when designing and conducting a training program, it’s never about yourself but about the trainees. Your program should be designed in such a way that it can clearly be seen how participants can put what they’ve learned into use.
  2. Not everyone learns in the same way. A good training programs caters to the different learning styles, this will help you create a better engagement with all of your trainees. Do some research about different learning styles and what you can do to increase the effectiveness for each style.
  3. Don’t forget to include ways to effectively measure whether or not you have achieved your learning goals with the training. Using the Kirkpatrick 4 level evaluation model should provide you with the right tool to find out if you were able to make your training stick.

From my experience as a trainer, I came to learn that in the field there are people who just pass on information and there are trainers who actually know how to create the right learning environment. If you want to be among those who actually add value to their learners, taking the three above mentioned steps are a great way to start off.

Marciano Lie A Young is a trainer and consultant who has conducted training programs on Leadership, Work-life balance, Entrepreneurship and Public speaking in over 20 countries in 4 continents.
He is the director of the Leaders Management Group Foundation, an organization that offers training and consultancy services to Small and Medium businesses. You can follow him on twitter on @marcianolie or visit his blog www.marcianolieayoung.com.

[note: this blog post was written as part of an writing assignment for my “Engagement & Nurture Marketing Strategies” course at the Northwestern University.]
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Seminar Corporate Social Responsibility

On Thursday, October 23rd, I facilitated the seminar Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This was an public seminar with 27 participants from different companies from Suriname, both SME’s as Large corporations and even one of the big Multinationals here in Suriname. Directors, deputy directors, managers and other executives from companies such as Staatsolie, Rosebel Goldmines (IamGold), Landbouwbank, IBM, Optiek Ninon, JSOOC, Haukes NV and the deparment of Justice actively participated with this session.

The seminar was full of interesting discussions, combined with somecase studies on CSR implementations and ethical considerations. 

One of the main reasons to organize this seminar was to create the awareness and to trigger Surinamese companies to start with an nationwide CSR organization in Suriname. I will be following up with the participants to find out if they are willing to support the idea for this nationwide CSR organization, and try to be amongst thos who put efforts into bringing more live into and spicing up the CSR movement in Suriname.

Jamaica – Land of Springs

Out of Many, One People
Jamaica is amongst the countries I’ve always wanted to visit. And just like the law of attractions says, if you want something bad (or good :)) enough, you will eventually get it. And yes, tomorrow I will travel to Trinidad (the country I consider to be my second home in the Carribean), and Tuesday  I will set foot on the “Land of Springs”.

Jamaica has been on top of my list thanks to some of the biggest music idols i’ve had in my life, including Bob Marley, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks, Shaggy and Sean Paul. If a country can produce so many top world artists, there must be something very special about it.
So i’m glad to be visiting Jamaica, smell tha aire, feel the vibe and get inspirated. Who knows what artistic talents of mine will appear when I walk on the Jamaican ground.

I am visiting Jamaica on invitation of JCI West Indies, who are organizing their National Convention in Sunset Grande, Jamaica. This is one of the wonderful opportunities I have as JCI Trainer. I will be heading the team, consisting of my friends Wayne Cadogan from Barbados and David Knight from Jamaica, that will conduct the JCI Presenter training on October the 15th. This will be the second time I work with Wayne & David, and I just know that this time I will enjoy it as much as I did last year in St Vincent & the Grenadines.

Jamaica, A here me a come!

The World at Your feet as you Speak

On September 1st, 2nd and 5th I organized and conducted the Pragmatic training on Creating Effective Presentations. The participants had one major advantage with this training; as this was the first time I organized it, they received a special registration fee of SRD 100,- compared to the normal fee I will be using starting October 1st, which is US$ 100,-.
In 3 days 10 participants worked on their presentation skills, using and creating some very nice presentations on flipcharts and in PowerPoint. I really had the feeling this training was a great experience for both the participants and me, and I am looking forward to the response I will get from the participants. I asked them to write their comments on this blog website, so I am really looking forward to it.

JCI Presenter course for JCI Unify

On August 23th I will be conducting JCI Presenter for members and observers of JCI Unify. This will be the first time I will be the Head Trainer for JCI Presenter since I became certified Head Trainer for JCI Presenter. This will be a good way to practice for the JCI Presenter I will be conducting on October 15th in Jamaica and November 5th in India, both as Head Trainer.

My assistant trainer for this JCI Presenter course will be Marvin Pollack. I recently trained together with him for the participants of the United Business Idols competition, and I think it has been a nice experience.

I am very much looking forward to this training, and as usual I will be inviting the participants to post their feedback about the training.
Be on the lookout for more updates.