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Should we use handouts?


6 Responses

  1. …yeah…

    ….why not?


    ( I thought as you were going for the Olympic Gold for the Shortest Question. I’d go for the same; Shortest Answer)


  2. Strange question?
    This is a strange question? I am guessing you will get equally strange answers!

  3. horses for courses

    Hi Lisa

    I think the answer to this depends on the context of the training.  There are times when handouts are the most useful way of providing delegates with the appropriate information, but there are alternatives, including but not limited to:

    – create their own as part of the course / learning experience

    – memory stick

    – intranet page

    Hope that’s of use,


  4. Think of the rainforest..!

    Hi Melissa

    This is an interesting one as I am sure alot of handout material gets thrown into the boot, (or back of the car), at the end of the training/development event only to be stumbled across a number of weeks later covered in who knows what with the delegate desperately struggling to remember…what was that one about again?

    I sometimes get concerned about the volume of paper I use in producing handout materials which may go on to only see the bottom of a (hopefully!) paper recycling bucket!  That said, I like to give participants information to take away with them to reflect on after the event which is hopefully of some use to them in transferring their learning back into the workplace.  I tend to now consider and prioritise ‘essential’ information from that of ‘further reading/further interest.’  I provide my e-mail address to participants and signpost them over the course of the day to areas on which I could provide further/supplementary information.  I suggest that if there are specific areas which people would like more information on that they can e-mail me and I will forward supplementary info to them.  My thinking, (though I appreciate not foolproof!), is that if they can be bothered to e-mail me for further info then they are more likely to read/use what is sent. 

  5. saving trees

    Hi Annie

    I like your idea about encouraging people to email you for follow up info and quite agree with your thoughts on their inclinations to use it if they’ve bothere to ask (sounds like Cialdini’s commitment and consistency principle in operation).

    How many people do ask you for more info?

     I am always very happy to stay in touch with people but find very few take up the opportunity.

    Stella Collins.


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