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Training plans


The firms' training plans have always been set out in table format, with lists of the training required, the business objective that it meets, how the effectiveness of the training will be measured etc. However, I would like to present this year's plan in a more innovative document. Has anyone any ideas that they could share with me?
Rose Walker

4 Responses

  1. training plan
    hi Rose

    Ucan also add..the names of trainer(internal/External)estimated cost…and most importantly..evaluation cycle ie.time for Diff stages of Reaction,Learning,Behaviour and result,that will be conduted in following months etc etc.


  2. Picture this

    Without knowing how much of what is in your current plan, this suggestion might be totally off the planet; how about using Mind Maps or a pictorial variant thereof.

    MMs can be a powerful way of getting quite dull information across in a memorable way.


    Founder/Editor of TrainerBase

    Again, not knowing the ‘base’ from which you’re starting is a handicap, but most should make some allowance for that…

    First, I’d consider having the document available in the original and expected format, but converted to PDF. Some ‘wheels’ in your org may prefer the conventional….

    Second, I’d consider presenting the new info using a Presentation Package just a little different from the norm. My specific suggestion is that you look at ‘Opus Presenter’ – which permits a wide range of techniques to be utilised swiftly, easily and effectively. The ‘learning curve’is small – if you use Powerpoint and Word fairly effectively ( ! ) then you are almost there.

    Third, I’d provide the 2 styles of ‘document’ written on a CD-ROM – one for each head of department and key user – and possibly on the ~80Mb mini-format used for ‘credit card’ size marketing ventures. I’d enclose this in a smartly overprinted folder, addressed to each individual, which outlined the content.

  4. Rich Pictures Speak a 1000 words
    Personally I have found that words and tables do not inspire many people (except the theorist amongst us).

    Why not use imagery or rich pictures to portray such elements as:

    1) the current situation – what challenges are there in meeting business objectives that you intend to tackle this year

    2) an image that portrays where you anticipate the business being in a year’s time and then in several year’s time

    3) some steps (training and otherwise) to help move individuals, teams and the business in the desired directions

    4) how you will measure the impact and your progress

    Whilst you may shy away based on an evaluation of your artistic skills, using images from the web or taking photos from the workplace itself, can be a very powerful way of representing issues, challenges and opportunities.


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