5 tips on how to train your employees more efficiently

Today, employee training is determined more than ever by the time factor. But creating and implementing them always requires a minimum of structure and preparation on the one hand, and the right tools and technologies on the other. Here are 5 points to consider so that you can successfully train your employees even under time pressure.

Tip 1: Designing without "overthinking

No matter how quickly you want to implement a training course - it is still worthwhile to plan a little time for preparation. A structure helps you give the training a common thread and make the content comprehensible for the learners. However, it doesn't have to be a multi-page outline that you create for the training. Sometimes this is even counterproductive, because you then focus more on the design than on the impact of the training. The following aspects will help you to achieve structuring without over-conceptualization:

Clearly define the goal of the training: determine exactly what knowledge you ultimately want to impart and what knowledge you absolutely want to get into the heads of your colleagues.

Create a rough outline: For example, use a mind-map tool to list all the important training content to be taught and give your training at least a rough structure.

Collect notes: Even before you start structuring your training, it pays to keep making notes on upcoming training topics. That way, you'll be able to work even faster when it comes to conception and implementation.

Use tools: for example, some solutions provide you with features that allow you to access your PowerPoint notes even in training mode, so you don't have to keep them ready separately.

Tip 2: Use existing materials

Less is more" and "use what is already available" also applies to the materials you want to use for training! For example, if you are creating training for your sales staff on a new product or service, you can simply refer back to the slides you have already used as a product manager:in for the internal presentation.

If you need to create new slides, don't overload them with text-based content. Concentrate on key points and use sufficient images and graphics. It is generally more effective to use moving images or sound to accompany the slides. Which brings us to the next point.

Tip 3: Video is fast and catchy

Creating videos is no longer a witchcraft task. Video equipment is now available in every company and (almost) every colleague is able to record small sequences in sufficiently good quality. Especially for the creation of internal trainings, video has become more than just an alternative. Video recording is not only more practical, it also has a much greater impact on learners when used for training. Images are processed by the human brain up to 60,000 times faster than text information.

Using video also allows you to include your company's knowledge workers in training sessions. Simply have them speak into the camera what they normally capture in any business meeting.

Tip 4: Focus on the right training technology

Especially when larger groups are to be trained, eLearning is the tool of choice. But the choice of eLearning solutions is immense, as is the lack of transparency regarding their functions and qualities.

If you want to implement training quickly and easily via eLearning, you should use a solution that can be operated quite pragmatically even by non-experts and still offers company-specific functions. The following features characterize such a solution:

As few steps as possible to complete a training course

The focus should be on intuitive usability, for example with "drag and drop" editing of content. There should be no complicated functions.

A high compatibility with existing content should be given (for example, concerning the formats of the video and slide files).

Ready-made training should be able to be deployed and accessed quickly.

You should also make sure that no deadlines are set for the subsequent implementation of the training courses. This is the case, for example, when using live webinars.

Tip 5: Use existing systems for the dissemination of training

There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Therefore, rely on eLearning solutions that harmonize with the systems already in place in your company.

Many providers will recommend complete eLearning solutions that include not only the tool for creating the training, but also a system for delivering it. But especially if you need to train quickly and pragmatically, such a system, which additionally involves the implementation effort of a large-scale project, is completely oversized. It is comparable to the case of buying a car and additionally buying the road on which you will drive it.

Pragmatic eLearning solutions work best with the systems you already use in your company. For example, video training can be easily integrated into your intranet or CRM. If you already use a Learning Management System (LMS), your video trainings can also be made available in it. Here, of course, we recommend the SlidePresenter application, which combines all these advantages.

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