3 ways to ensure that your training programs are effective

Worldwide, companies spend millions, even billions of dollars on training employees in order to improve the important skills needed to do a better job at work. The big question is, however, how effective are these training programs? HR and training managers often come across the question whether the training programs they are spending so much money on are effective at all. If you really want to succeed as trainer, you will need to be able to give your clients their money’s worth.

As a trainer myself, I am also always interested in finding out how I can measure the effectiveness of training programs I conduct, and I came across two articles that provide some nice insights on how to measure the effectiveness.

In the first article, titled “Measuring the effectiveness of your training program” (http://ubm.io/1QnAfEn), Rose Polchin discusses using the four-level training evaluation model created by Donald Kirkpatrick. In her article, Polchin describes the model as a tool to help you to objectively analyze the effectiveness and find out how you can improve your training program.

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In addition to the information shared in the previous mentioned article, John Eades provides some very handy tips on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a training. In his article ”3 Ways Organizations Can Improve The Way They Measure Training Effectiveness” (http://bit.ly/1XRQQRn), John suggest using visual confirmation by asking learners to post vidoes of theirselves putting into practice what they learned, creating social ownership and performing skills assessments.

As you will go through the two articles mentioned above, you will no doubt fully agree with me that every trainer must design his training program with the effectiveness of that program in his mind. This means that there are three important steps you as a trainer cannot afford to skip;

  1. Always remember that when designing and conducting a training program, it’s never about yourself but about the trainees. Your program should be designed in such a way that it can clearly be seen how participants can put what they’ve learned into use.
  2. Not everyone learns in the same way. A good training programs caters to the different learning styles, this will help you create a better engagement with all of your trainees. Do some research about different learning styles and what you can do to increase the effectiveness for each style.
  3. Don’t forget to include ways to effectively measure whether or not you have achieved your learning goals with the training. Using the Kirkpatrick 4 level evaluation model should provide you with the right tool to find out if you were able to make your training stick.

From my experience as a trainer, I came to learn that in the field there are people who just pass on information and there are trainers who actually know how to create the right learning environment. If you want to be among those who actually add value to their learners, taking the three above mentioned steps are a great way to start off.

Marciano Lie A Young is a trainer and consultant who has conducted training programs on Leadership, Work-life balance, Entrepreneurship and Public speaking in over 20 countries in 4 continents.
He is the director of the Leaders Management Group Foundation, an organization that offers training and consultancy services to Small and Medium businesses. You can follow him on twitter on @marcianolie or visit his blog www.marcianolieayoung.com.

[note: this blog post was written as part of an writing assignment for my “Engagement & Nurture Marketing Strategies” course at the Northwestern University.]

JCI World Congress in Hammamet, Tunesia

The weather is nice, people are beautiful and friendly and the congress is a great experience! I’ve had a great time, conducting JCI Achieve, JCI Presenter and Creating Balance. Especially the Creating Balance was a nice experience, since I’ve done this course again after longer that a year. My inspiration for conducting this course again is because of the great amount of feedback that I have been receiving this year, from trainers all over the world who have been downloading this course from the JCI Training Gallery.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this course was translated into French by Abou Guindo from JCI Mali and into Turkish by Erdem Türsen from JCI Turkey. Possibilities are there that by the end of this year this course will also have a Spanish translation.

This world congress is a very motivating and inspiring way to end this year, which for me was packed with international training opportunities and a great deal of making new friends…

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Back home, after a FUNtastic Experience

This weekend has proved to be a very rewarding weekend in Antigua. I’ve enjoyed my stay there, in the beautiful mansion of JCI Antigua Past President Senator Harry. As always I’ve enjoyed the Caribbean hospitality, fellowship, and the limin’.

Glad to have made some new friends, who I hope to be meeting in future events, and ofcourse excited to meet my old friends from the beautiful island Antigua.

I have a good feeling about both the seminars I did (Managing Creativity on Friday and JCI Presenter on Saturday).

I’ve had a great assistant trainer in Past NOM President Faye Edwards and excellent logistic assistance from my very good ‘n lovely Antiguan friends Alicia and Delacy.

Ofcourse I can’t forget to mention the sightseeing tour that I got from Alicia,  Delacy and Brenda. That was very very nice!

Thank you JCI Antigua, Delacy, Alicia, Brenda, Senator Harry and all other members….I really enjoyed it, thanks to you all.

Have to start packin’

Yes I do.
Have to start packing again. I am already enjoying, just thinking about my friends I will be meeting and of course the new friends I will make.
In a few days I will be heading to Antigua, for a short 3-day visit to conduct the JCI Presenter course. I really look forward to visiting Antigua, as I have a lot of friends there and I expect to have a wonderful time there.

The next trip after my Antigua visit will be the JCI World congress, in Hammamet, Tunesia, where I am invited to conduct the JCI Achieve course and one of my own trainingpcourse, Creating Balance.
In my last post I wrote a bit about the Creating Balance  course, which was gaining a lot of popularity. I hope I will be meeting some of the trainers that downloaded the course to conduct it within their LOMs/NOMs to share some ideas that I could use to improve this course.

I can already see myself walking around in Hammamet……hope to c u there 2!

Have a great week!

Be better by sharing your knowledge, your experience and your passion

It’s been two months since I took the time to write something on my blog again. Not that I didn’t have anything to say recently, or that I did not have the time for it, it’s just that I had some kind of writers block. Not that I pretend to be a writer, but it really was a bit hard to get started, even though I had a lot of ideas flying around in my head.

Today I just knew that I had to write down some words, when I got the exciting news from Kamal Dabawala, one of my JCI friends from India. I met Kamal at the JCI World Congress in 2008, in New Delhi. He was the assistant trainer for the JCI Presenter course I conducted there. I’ve experienced Kamal as an very inspiring and dedicated trainer, and I had some valuable learning moments for myself during that course. Kamal and I discussed the training opportunities withing JCI and I proposed to provide some support reaching his next level training certification. By that time Kamal was a CNT  (Certified National Trainer), on his way to the NG (National Graduate level). To reach this next level, Kamal had to design an one hour course. The course he designed was about teambuilding and after designing his course, he asked me to review it and give some feedback. So I did.

Today (august 31th) Kamal received the good news that his application for NG was accepted. Starting today Kamal is the 4th National Graduate from India. A great accomplishment for my friend, Kamal Dabawala, and the thank you message he sent me today give me such a great sense of accomplishment as if I was the lucky one.

Another very nice experience is that in the past two months I received two new requests from trainers around the world to use the Creating Balance training. I developed this 3 hour course two years ago and since then its listed on the JCI Website. In the past two years I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about this course, and I have received emails from various trainers who have downloaded and conducted the course. The first time I received an email about it was in 2007, when a Prime graduate from JCI Canada was planning to conduct the course.

The two most recent inquiries where from JCI Mali and JCI Turkey.
Abou Guindo, the IPP from JCI Bamako from Mali emailed me some weeks ago to inform me that he was going to translate the Creating Balance course in French. This would make it easier for him to conduct it in his French speaking country.
A few days ago I received  an Facebook message from Erdem Türsen, a recent JCI Trainer graduate who will be translating the Creating Balance course in Turkish. I will be inviting Abou and Erdem to share their experience about this course, and I hope I’ll get some feedback which I can use to update it, as I am planning on conducting it at the JCI Worldcongress this year in Hammamet, Tunesia.

This is such great news for me, to see that the time I invested in searching for and reading material to design this course is paying of in this way. Creating Balance seems to have the potential to be a worldwide success, translated in many languages. I truly hope that both trainers and trainees around the world are enjoying this course and will use it to create (more) balance in their life.

I invite you all to download this course from the JCI website and take a look at it. I designed it in the first place to get some balance in my own life. It worked for me. And from the feedback I get from friends around the world, it works for them to.

So be better and create some balace in your life…..

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