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Course design 15: Don’t milk it

Don’t waste your time and your participants’ time repeating the same point over and over again. If you’ve said it (and they’ve understood it), you’ve said it. Continue reading

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Course design 13: Take the time to tell the tale

Before they realise it the participants have gone from work to law without a hiccup. This is the value of narrative. From stories and case studies to participants’ own experiences and even newspaper headlines, stories work. Continue reading

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Course design 12: Write handout titles and trainers notes first – then write handouts and activities

By the time you’ve finished the trainers notes and handouts you should have a single document (part pack) that anyone could use to deliver your training provided they understand the topic. Continue reading

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Course design 11: Planning

This list and the thematic notes alongside it form the backbone of the finished course Continue reading

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Course design 9: Schema (build on what they know)

By taking the time to work with peoples’ schemata we can introduce some quite sophisticated concepts over the course of a day without difficulty. It isn’t uncommon for participants to report a completely changed point of view by the end of the day without having to overcome any significant resistance during the training. Continue reading

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Course design 7: A few major points and supporting info/exercises

Any fool can heap fact after fact into their course outline but this will only overload your ‘victims’ and cause them to switch off as they fail to grasp the flood of detail that overwhelms them. Continue reading

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Course design 8: A theme runs through it

To continue with the idea of training as a jigsaw, these themes become the ‘glue’ that holds it all together. Continue reading

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Course design 6: Do you want to inform, discuss, develop or what?

One of the most common mistakes among new trainers is to do with their own lack of clarity. It’s not enough to introduce subjects randomly in training – we need to know what we’re trying to achieve with each section of course delivery, how it fits into the overall ‘journey’ the trainees are to take and how best to get them through each step. Continue reading

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Course design 5: Tell ‘em what they need to know – not what you know

We will never help to enhance anyone’s confidence by wasting their time on topics that don’t involve them – especially if the only reason we do so is to show them how clever we are. Continue reading

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Course design 4: Know your audience

We need to know who the training is aimed at as well as who it’s delivered for. Continue reading

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