Practical Infection control training for: NHS, care-homes, food preparation, hygiene, hand washing Hygiene, infection control and hand-washing - making the difference to peoples lives It all started as a discussion about volunteer training for a national first-aid organisation. Members of the group were interested in further training, but bored with the routine of what we had been doing. With swine flu on the news at the time, one of the emergency planning volunteers said she would be a … [Read more...] about Train the Trainer – Infection Control
Room Layouts suitable for group training So you are having a training session or meeting. Have you considered what layout would be best for you? Have you ever had a meeting in a room that was in a different configuration from your usual format? Was the meeting more or less effective than normal? This guide can be used when you ‘book’ or hire a training or meeting room. Remember to state the layout and the number of participants required. Importance of effective training room … [Read more...] about Training Room Layout
Why should we blog? For some time I have been promoting Twitter as a good thing for people running small businesses to do, but recently I have been asked “why blog” and what is the value to small businesses and freelance consultants and trainers. I guess that because I have been doing this for some time that I overlooked the basics. This article is the first is a short series to show why and how to blog for business. People and business blog for a wide range of reasons including: … [Read more...] about Why blog? Is it a Marketing tool?
Twitter: your CRM & marketing channel. It's about more than just followers... Over the past 12 months in my twitter contributions I have often included tips to help those involved in using twitter for their business (marketing). I often get requests to publish a full set - so here is a list of my current thinking about using twitter as a tool for building relationships for future business. In no particular order (other than alphabetical)... Add value - share interesting or useful … [Read more...] about Twitter as a marketing & CRM tool
Using Technology based platforms to support learning - does it work? Increasingly the use of technology to support or in some cases to deliver learning is on the increase. While reading a post on one of the forums this morning I came across a debate about the willingness for "trainers" to adopt technology to support or deliver learning. The author of the piece (Martin Addison from VideoArts) cited the following: Trainers don’t have the stomach for more preparation Here, the allegation is that … [Read more...] about Technology based learning – does it work (e-learning)?
A few weeks ago I was interviewed by PDH Academy. I was asked some interesting questions. Questions that on reflection I should have been able to answer easily. But actually in a wide context were more difficult than I expected. Having thought about these, I would urge all readers of this to apply the same questions internally. What do we need to do to ensure that we deliver what the business NEEDS and not what it WANTS. This can be harder than it sounds. They also wanted to focus on … [Read more...] about Do Training Programmes actually work? Interview
Small steps to training needs analysis A "job task analysis" is widely recognised as the foundation of successful training. Before managers can train their employees, they must decide what the individuals need to be able to do.A task analysis breaks down a complex task into its components—that is, its "knowledge that", "knowledge what" and its "knowledge how". Before conducting any training needs analysis we need to understand the task we are asking the individual(s) to do. Often if we … [Read more...] about Before Training Needs Analysis (TNA) – Task analysis
The New Training or Learning & Development Manager You know the scene, you have been asked by your line manager to take on the role of company trainer. You accept. But what does this mean? You know that trainers teach people things they have not done before. So being a trainer is about sharing your experiences and skills... isn't it? Who needs to be trained? Well actually... employees may need help improving in their current role, preparing for promotion, or developing their leadership … [Read more...] about The new training (learning and development) manager on the block
Our business is helping your business How many times have we heard this from suppliers? Are they really there to help us and our problem - or are they there to sell a product? Or is this just a fad tag line in the business world? This is much like the training and learning debate occurring in training - the 'training provider' having a product and the learner having a need - but do they really match? The identification of needs is really important to identify the gap (gap analysis). In … [Read more...] about Our business is helping your business to grow (or survive) – tag lines gone mad!
Is the fast food approach to learning and development working? Last week I was at the annual CIPD conference for Learning and Development professionals. Whilst much of the content of the paid for conference sessions was about ensuring training and learning activities were effective, the mood on the exhibition floor was different. Off the shelf or bespoke? Every provider that offered off-the-shelf learning solutions also offered bespoke solutions. But the emphasis for may was the off-the-shelf, … [Read more...] about Is the fast food approach to learning and development working? #hrblog #cipdLDShow
Pecha Kucha or how to get your point across in less than seven minutes? Do you want your audience to be hooked from the off? Then this is a presentation technique to explore Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-cha ku-cha) is a presentation technique especially for those that love PowerPoint, and this method ensures it is fun, fast and interesting. The approach limits the presentation to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide - a maximum of 6 minutes 20 seconds. A unique structure for a presentation. … [Read more...] about Pecha Kucha or the 20×20 presentation technique
Following my presentation to the BCS special interest learning group last month, I was involved in a discussion about the use of visuals in learning. The question was posed - What techniques are 'in' and which are 'out' ? My immediate reaction was nothing and everything - it's not what you do but the way that you do it - anything works as long as it is congruent with the style, context and learning need. But this got me thinking in the wider sense. In a classroom the 'screen' pr … [Read more...] about E-learning – making to transition from classroom to electronic learning
The team at RapidBI are often developing resources, often these are put up as pages on our site, other times they are turned into downloadable products. If you are looking for PowerPoint resources for management or leadership training or coaching then look at our powerpoint set. If you are involved in team development then our card and communication exercise may well hit the mark. Remember you can also download and start using our Employee Engagement Survey or our Business Diagnostic … [Read more...] about Training and educational resources
How to use Twitter as a training & learning tool In the last couple of weeks I have written a number of articles on the use of Twitter (micro-blogging platforms) which have proved of interest. Now is the time to take this further. Before we even look at how twitter can be used for learning, training and education, we need to understand the context before the content. While at a conference this week #iitt09 I was amazed at the number of 'trainers' that did not appear to understand the … [Read more...] about Twitter as a training and learning tool – some examples
Learning beyond university to informal learning using micro-blogging Twitter can be used as a great aid to learning, but is it a replacement for traditional learning strategies? Following the publication of a recent post Why Twitter is good for learning we have received a significant amount of supportive feedback. However some academic based sites have criticised the piece without understanding some of the fundamentals of learning and what Twitter and other micro-blogging platforms are capable … [Read more...] about Twitter as a learning aid – learning beyond university to informal learning
Twitter the real brain friendly approach to informal learning Can Twitter be used as a training tool? The traditional approach to learning is to identify end to end learning that is required to achieve a new task. While this works for structured learning it is not very effective for informal or personal learning. The human brain does not think in large logical 'articles', instead it thinks of information in small chunks, of which they form the whole picture. the process is not logical. indeed … [Read more...] about Why Twitter is good for learning
'Lite' version of an AVK style learning instrument Learning Styles Questionnaire – AVK As human we have preferences for the way we prefer to communicate information. We use language based on our senses in varying ways. When we can understand our preferences and those of others around us we can be more effective communicators. Please tick the white box if the statement is usually true for you. Statements: VL VN AL AN KT When I make things for my studies, I remember what I … [Read more...] about Learning Styles Questionnaire – AVK
We need to understand the Levels of training needs analysis (TNA) in order to be able to design a learning or training solution. What is a Training Need? To carry out a Training Needs Analysis, we first need to understand what a 'Training Need' is. A training need is the gap between current and future knowledge or skills, that can be bridged by training or learning activities. We often refer to this as capability and learning requirements. There may be other gaps that need to be met … [Read more...] about Identifying levels of Training Needs Analysis (TNA) #hrblog
The rising cost of learning… First there was decimalisation, then the Euro, the litre and now the e-book. Isn’t it interesting that to many of us the actual increasing costs of things are not so obvious when there has been a change of culture or context? With the introduction of decimalisation in the early 70s and latterly the Euro across central Europe many products were rounded up in price. Even more recently the move from selling petrol from gallons to litres allowed the price to jump … [Read more...] about The rising cost of learning… The E-Book – con or hero?
Freelancing in training, coaching & consultancy Over the summer time (and early in the new year) we often reflect on our position and of our career options. Some of us start looking for new roles, others for different challenges like going freelance. In the current economic climate of course some of us may not have a choice. In this article I collate my experiences and those of other freelance providers. The list is presented in a (near) logical order, however the order presented is … [Read more...] about Freelancing in training, coaching & consultancy: How to stand out from the crowd