Training NEVER has to be boring

If I had a dollar for each time I was told by trainers their training subject is boring, or the content dry, I’d be a millionaire by now.

But instead, I am the educator trying to educate training NEVER has to be boring.

How about this …

“there is no such thing as a boring subject matter, just lazy trainers.”

Uh-oh, is that controversial?

I don’t think so. I think it is factually true but only because many trainers don’t know any better. They haven’t had good role models or attended learning sessions that actually taught how to bring subject matter to life.

I have spent my entire career in the mining sector, where traditionally it is considered most subject matter to be dry and boring particularly when the subject centres around or on legislation.

Legislation. That would have to be boring, yes?

I’m pretty sure if you were to use legislation as bedtime reading, it would be guaranteed to send you to sleep.

So, what’s the key to making what many believe is boring or dry, more engaging and interesting?

In one word, ACTIVE. Put active in front of learning and it now has a whole new emphasis.

ACTIVE LEARNING

According to Wikipedia, active learning “is any learning activity in which the participant interacts with the learning process, as opposed to passively taking in the information. When given the opportunity to actively engage with the information they’re learning, participants perform better.”

This translates into activity-based learning, where participants are actively involved, versus death by PowerPoint, where participants are simply passive and being talked at.

What is your standard operating method?

A simple question, yet a powerful enabler of learning.

I am going to assume the latter, because if active-learning was the norm, I wouldn’t be writing this blog or still be talking about this training norm for over 20-years.

Active learning means trainers need to prepare activity-based session plans. Each segment of learning requires the topic to be ‘framed’ so participants are able to take in the content as it is ‘hooked’ to the subject matter. Once framed and the hook in place, the participants then need to explore, talk, research, experiment, play with the content in order for them to ‘apply’ it to their particular setting.

As part of an activity, I always ask ‘so what does this look like for you in your workplace’?

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Guest post by:
Di Granger – Lifelong Learning

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