Below are 90-minute topics from The Training Clinic's Training Conference offerings. Four topics can be presented by one trainer in a one-day workshop, seven topics by two instructors and 10-12 topics by three instructors.
Get the Butterflies in Formation: Effective Presentation Techniques
Identify planning and platform techniques to make your presentation run smoothly. Physical presence, tone of voice, gestures, movement, managing appearance and conquering stress are covered.
You Can Take it With You: Confidence and Success For New Trainers
Learn how to use existing skills to survive your new training assignment. What should a new trainer expect? Build confidence and success in your ability to complete your new training duties. Identify specific new trainer do's and don't's.
Are you Listening: Relate to the Learner
Listen to the learner to discover needs. Use feedback and paraphrase to correct learner mistakes. Promote learner self-esteem to get the best results.
Deal With Problem Learners Effectively
How can you make the best of a bad situation? What can you do when the trainees who are "sent" lose interest or become hostile? How can you recover quickly, handle your stress and deal with difficult classroom situations effectively?
Take Charge: Classroom Assertion Skills
What's your style in the classroom? Learn how to remain "in-charge" assertively, not aggressively. Avoid being manipulated by challenging learners. What can you do when you don't know the answer?
What Hat Are You Wearing: Trainer Roles
Select the right role for each training situation. Be a coach, guide, facilitator, lecturer or instructor more effectively. How to create small groups and use effective "discovery learning" techniques.
Make Adult Learning Come to Life!
Learn easy and quick techniques to make training fun, interesting, lasting and less boring. Learn by doing and watching your instructor model adult learning principles that you can use in your training sessions immediately.
Accelerated Learning: Speed Your Way to Success
Use a systematic approach to seven principles of accelerated learning. Practice techniques to make learning easier and remove barriers to retention and productivity.
Start with A Sizzle and Conclude Creatively
What do you need to do in the first 10 minutes to establish an effective learning climate? Select session starters that will work for you. Learn how to end on a lasting point to help the transfer of learning to the job.
Fun and Games: What's their place in training?
How to design and facilitate games to make a learning point creatively. Participate in quick games, puzzles, decision-making games and more . .
Developing Training Activities and Materials
Build retention with 5 types of interactions and create "discovery learning" in your instructional activities. Learn how to develop programmed notes, create inventories and skill practice exercises. Practice developing effective case studies.
Develop a Training Plan
Identify the 8 essential parts of a training plan from issues identification and objectives to scheduling. Learn how to complete a feasibility analysis as part of your plan. Use a case study to apply the plan to your organization's training needs.
Are you ready? Future Trends in Training
What are the critical issues facing your organization: productivity, retraining, technological advances? How do these issues impact training? How can you stay up-to-date? Learn to anticipate and plan for the future.
ROI: Measure the Impact of Training
Learn how to use tools to measure the results of training. Trend analysis and cost-benefit analysis can be used to demonstrate "customer satisfaction and bottom-line results.
The Trainer as Peak Performer: Scale the Heights
What is peak performance? Develop your training skills improvement plan based on Training Clinic instructor competencies and benchmarks. Become a peak performer in the classroom or on-the-job.
Technical Training Techniques
Select appropriate training methods and identify different techniques to teach facts, concepts, work processes and procedures, and principles. Conduct demonstrations for adult learners that are safe and get results.
Strategic Time Management for Trainers
Think and act strategically when using the precious, limited resource of time. Clarify how your role in the organization dictates how you spend your time. Maximize your performance, set boundaries and be realistic about what is doable.
Trainer Styles: Are you a Match?
Match trainer styles to adult learning steps. In this fast paced “hands-on” session you’ll assess your training style and process preferences with a newly created inventory for technical skills trainers. Develop strategies to match your style to an adult learner’s needs.
The Trainer's Role in The Transfer of Learning
What can new trainers do to promote the transfer of learning to the workplace? Develop a strategy to use 12 specific tactics before, during and after training to promote learning transfer. Learn to build a partnership with managers, build retention into training methods and conduct appropriate training follow-up and evaluation.
From Trainer to Performance Consultant: Avoid Pitfalls and Landmines of the Transition
What are the new roles of the performance consultant? What competencies and skills are needed to work in this new role? Learn how to successfully prepare yourself and your staff for new roles and responsibilities.
How to Design Effective Supervisory Training
Use the critical steps in developing supervisory training that get results. Get practical tips on how to assess supervisory needs, design effective yet challenging materials and develop a coaching strategy with managers to continue supervisory development on the job.
Make New Employee Orientation a Success
Based on original research, identify 12 essential elements many companies use to successfully orient new employees. Apply these elements to your company's program. Identify ways to make orientation meaningful, not boring. You'll practice methods of balancing the information overload with adult learning concepts. You will develop your own opening activity based on research first day "do's and don'ts". Special attention is given to objectives that influence new employee's attitudes and productivity.
Using Graphics to Facilitate Learning
Productivity and creativity increase dramatically when you can see what you are talking about. Learn to graphically display ideas and images. Unlock visual intelligence. Learn easy ways to draw basic shapes, people and letters on flipcharts; make the most dramatic use of color.
Classroom Navigation: Staying on Track
Develop strategies for when and how to spontaneously redesign a lesson "in the moment." Using case studies, practice balancing the decision to stray from the prepared lesson against staying on course to reach training outcomes.
Assess Training Needs
Use two types of needs analysis to uncover the real learning needs of learners. Use performance analysis to identify whether training will improve performance or not. Use goal analysis to help clarify outcomes when training requests are vague or ambiguous.
Writing Skills for Trainers
Identify how to make the writing process easier by using planning and organizing techniques. Assess your skills and the readability of your materials. Learn format and display tips.
Large Group Training
Use a variety of special techniques to facilitate large groups of learners while increasing participation. How to give and get feedback to reach learning outcomes.
Project Management Skills for Trainers
Use a project management approach to organize a variety of training projects--designing new courses, presentation of training, conference planning, and other projects frequently assigned to the training department.
How to Conduct Team Building Sessions
When is team building vs training appropriate. Identify the specific planning elements to make team building sessions effective. What types of activities build teams? Avoid pitfalls of rushing a team or using inappropriate activities for the group objectives.
So No One Told You YOU’RE A MARKETEER?
Like it or not, MARKETING TRAINING is part of the job! Learn practical tips and tricks from partnering with management to navigating the digital world to make your "marketing job" manageable, effective and fun!
Solve the Case!
Identify how to write effective case studies that are appropriate for your target audience and will meet your learning objective. Practice using a five-step adult learning process to facilitate case studies effectively.
On a Role . . .
Identify how to write effective "skill-practice" and "empathy" role plays that are appropriate for your target audience and meet the learning objective. Practice using a five-step adult learning process to facilitate role play that are non-threatening for the learner.
How to Facilitate Problem Solving Groups
Identify the skills needed to facilitate groups to productively solve problems. Learn techniques to increase group participation in problem solving and consensus decision making sessions.
Level II Evaluation: Did Learning Occur?
How to write effective tests that measure learning. How to identify what level of learning needs to be measured using a variety of objective test methods. Learn required steps to establish test reliability and validity.
How to Manage the Training Function
What are the goals, roles and mission of your training function? Identify criteria to hire and develop staff members. Suggestions for the department of one to meet multiple demands on your time are given.
Be a Tireless Trainer
Identify weaknesses and pitfalls that create fatigue and drain your energy. Use strategies to renew your energy, protect your health and overcome barriers to energized training.
Training Different Generations
What are the common concerns when training mixed generations in the same group? Design powerful and appropriate training activities to appeal to various generations. Avoid pitfalls that turn off Veterans, Boomers, Xers and the Millenium generations.
How to Prepare for a Performance Review
Conduct a self-appraisal with an objective and subjective look back at your recent performance against goals. Identify how to influence the review process. Practice how to non-defensively listen, receive feedback, and learn from the review. Identify how to set shared goals.
Be Your Own Career Coach
Where is your career going? How can you develop new skills to be more productive and successful in your current position while you prepare to enhance your career? Take inventory and identify what image you project to others.
Leadership Roles for Trainers
What are the roles and responsibilities of those in leadership positions? What competencies and skills are needed to work in this new role? Learn how to successfully influence and coach others when lines of authority are unclear.
Balancing HOME and Work
Learn successful techniques to achieve a realistic balance between home and work. Identify support systems or how to develop them. How to find time for yourself.
Facilitate Discussions with Impact!
Everyone has something to contribute to a discussion. Get the most out of a discussion to solve problems, make teams productive, add participation and involvement appropriately. Identify eleven types of facilitation roles and when to use each.
IT’S TIME FOR RE-DESIGN. WHERE DO I START?
Take a deep breath! We have the tools to get you started! Use a Performance Analysis and Post-Training Analysis to identify what when wrong, identify barriers to performance, apply non-training solutions to performance problems and
use three key design tools to diagnose and correct design deficiencies.
POWER LEARNING: FACILITATE DISCUSSIONS WITH IMPACT!
Solid facilitation skills are a powerful addition to your toolkit! Identify ten types of facilitation techniques and when to use each. Get the most out of a discussion to solve problems, make teams productive, add participation and involvement appropriately.Participate in one problem solving simulation to develop your skills.
How to Audit and Benchmark Your Training Function
How is your training function operating? Audit and benchmark your training function in ten key areas. Clarify which roles and responsibilities apply to ten key functional areas. Complete and interpret a minimum of four key areas of the Training Function Systems Audit. Learn how to use the entire audit as an ongoing benchmarking tool to make your function more strategic.
The Trainer’s Journey to Competence: Tools, Assessments and Models
Are you curious about trainer competencies and certificate programs? Use a new tool to measure trainer competencies. Identify how competencies are built from knowledge and skill. Identify what constitutes basic and advanced competence. Measure training competencies. Identify suggested uses for competency checklists. Identify steps to set up a competency assessment process and the difference in certificate and certification programs.
Manage a Training Budget
Identify ways to realistically manage a training budget and partner with business needs of your internal customers. Demonstrate cost justification for training and show return on dollars invested in training. Learn to cost justify training, create a training cost framework, conduct a cost-benefit analysis and find performance indicators to demonstrate training’s benefit.
Internal Consulting Skills
Identify the various roles that you have in assisting the organization in solving performance problems. Help managers discern between training needs and wants.
WHICHCRAFT: Write Activities to Make Boring Lectures Disappear!
You know them. You’ve sat through them. You’ve felt the pain. Training so lecture laden that you wish you had a magic wand to make it all go away!
Well, NOW you can! We’ll show you how to use your powers for GOOD and change up how you write activities so that your learners will be engaged instead of disengaged.
We’ll give you five activities (alternatives to lecture) that will help you produce high learner involvement and retention! They include: learning tournaments; course pre-work; information search activities; observation activities and demonstrations.
WRITE IT WRITE: Use Five Writing Tools to Make Creating Materials Easier
Is the writing process tedious and difficult for you? Use an inventory and case study to assess four of your writing skills: comfort, efficiency, clarity and organization. Use five tools to make any writing task easier, quicker and better.
Writing tools include a:
1) choice table to clarify your writing purpose (inform, direct or persuade)
2) seven-step checklist to create learning activities
3) proven criteria list to adapt existing internal and external material or create your own
4) best learning techniques tool with a list of 27 methods based on the writing purpose
5) decision tree to identify how much practice it takes to learn a new skill
Perfecting Your Connecting.
Before we can engage someone in supporting our programs, we have to get past the first-impression test, the initial introduction when meeting someone new. How we present ourselves in the first seventeen seconds of meeting someone will often determine whether or not the relationship will continue.
Having a powerful introduction that defines who you are, what you do and how you do it is the most important tool you will ever need to build your program. Join us in this practical, hands-on session to perfect your ‘elevator speech.
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