Using social networks to reinforce learning

With so much great content available freely online, why would anyone bother paying for a training course? It’s almost like people can go round learning stuff, willy-nilly, without us learning professionals getting involved at all!

Obviously that would never do, so what can we do to rise to the challenge of technology?

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Larry Reynolds about his ideas for the future of the training facilitator, including his experimental use of social networks and online communities to help reinforce learning.

 

Larry Reynolds


Larry Reynolds is managing partner of 21st Century Leader, a consultancy that helps managers to have courageous conversations. We believe that courageous conversations are the key to high performance organisations where people love to work … read more about Larry here.

Three ways to use stories to bring your training to life

Great training is built from many different component parts.

It’s not just PowerPoint and flipcharts, or days of building bridges out of matchsticks and glue. Training is a mix of content and reflection, of channels and methods, carefully designed to keep energy and interest high, to be engaging and enjoyable, to challenge assumptions and make people think, and to give useful practical take-away actions that can be applied in real life.

Stories are a useful addition to that mix.

Stories are memorable, they’re fun, and they can be used to help break down barriers, build relationships between the trainer and the delegates, and to help establish credibility.

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Larry Reynolds about three different ways he uses stories during his training events.

Larry Reynolds


Larry Reynolds is managing partner of 21st Century Leader, a consultancy that helps managers to have courageous conversations. We believe that courageous conversations are the key to high performance organisations where people love to work … read more about Larry here.

Successful role plays

Role plays are one of the most powerful ways to learn we have in the training room.

They’re a way to bring the various strands of theory together in a practical activity, it’s a way of turning the abstract into tangible action. It’s active, a change of pace, it allows for physical movement and engagement, it forces the learners to think and try stuff out, it helps to turn knowledge into skills.

It’s hated by almost everyone.

In this episode of the Trainer Tools podcast, I talk to Larry Reynolds about his six step approach to ensuring role plays are a success.

Since releasing this podcast I have blogged about it on TrainingZone website: Six steps to successful training course role plays

Larry Reynolds


Larry Reynolds is managing partner of 21st Century Leader, a consultancy that helps managers to have courageous conversations. We believe that courageous conversations are the key to high performance organisations where people love to work … read more about Larry here.

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