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Training design best practices


I am looking for some best practices on training design and development methodologies that I can use to deliver in a seminar for non-trainers. Does anyone have any suggestions of where I could get these?
Sonia Gupta

6 Responses

  1. Adult Learning
    It is important to get across that adult learners are different from school and university learners.

    For details this is the seminal work Knowles, M. S., Holton III, Elwood F. and Swanson, Richard A. (1998), The Adult Learner Woburn, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann

    For a quick overview:

  2. Adult Learning and Learning Styles

    Some of the most useful information for trainers tends to be around designing for learning styles (Honey and Mumford is standard fodder on courses, see as well as the Principles of Adult Learning (Knowles, as already mentioned and also

    It’s also vital that the trainers develop the skill of setting specific learning objectives and measuring these in the evaluation forms (see as a starter for ten).

    It’s also worth stressing all the different methods of meeting learning needs, not just the training elements, as well as the benefits of pre-course and post-course work/ coaching/ interviews etc.

  3. Freelance Training Design & Delivery
    I would be very interested in getting involved in designing and delivering training on a freelance base.

    My background is: 7 years international sales, 3 years as a European Training Manager and apart from English I can deliver training in Italian, French, German.

    Has anybody any idea on how I can market myself?


  4. Lots of Advice in the Literature
    Training Journal, published by Fenman, has been running a series of articles all year on Essentials of Training Design, by David Cotton.

    Fenman also has a partwork journal, Train the Trainer, containing lots of articles under the headings of Analysis, Design, Delivery, Evaluation and Assessment.

    See the Fenman web site,, for details of both publications.

    Declaration of vested interest – I wrote some of the articles in Train the Trainer!

  5. Training Design Best Practices
    Hi Sonia, I use a neat exercise based around Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences which might be useful. Feel free to give me a call or drop me a line if you’d like some details.

    Best regards,

    07932 725113

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