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Make Learning Stick – You Have Just Attended a 1-Day Training Course and You Know You’ll Forget it All Very Soon

Sticky Learning ®

7 Ways You Can Make Learning Stick – Why?

Because otherwise, you have just wasted 8 hours of your heavy schedule investing in learning that will make no difference to your performance. Our challenge is for you to make a conscious choice. Here are the 3 options:

A: Put off this decision and make no choice. Result: Your ROI from the hours you spent will be zero. This is because the only positive ROI comes from changing your behaviour. Changing behaviour comes from retaining knowledge. retaining knowledge comes from learning.

B: Pretend that you’ll look at the materials you took away from the training course, in a few months. You won’t. You just won’t. The majority of people promise that they’ll take another look at the slides. They never do. Result: Zero change in behaviour.

C: Choose to make the learning stick. Result: You’ll retain more of your learnings. And you make, as a result, change your behaviours, which will improve your performance.

We recommend Option C.

7 Ways You Can Make Learning Stick – How?

1. Teach A Colleague

Proven to help you to retain more because by teaching someone else you need to have understood the learnings yourself first.

Action: Book a 20-minute meeting with a colleague.

2. Create a 1-Pager

Whether you create a mind-map or a list of bullet points, a page of what you learnt will help you to retain more.

Action: Grab a page and start writing 3 things you remember from the training.

3. Make a Habit

Changes in behaviour work best when triggers are put in play. For example, want to write a daily to-do list? Put blank paper in your laptop. This will stop you from reaching for emails first.

Action: Identify a trigger that will work for you. Something that will disrupt your behaviour.

4. Meet a Learning Buddy

Arrange to meet someone else that attended the course. A lunch talking about how you are using the learnings.

Action: Book lunch with someone that attended the same course.

5. Involve Your Line Manager

Share with your Line Manager one target you will agree that will ensure that you use your learnings.

Action: Book a 30-minute meeting with your Line Manager.

6. Present to Your Team

No-one wants to look silly standing-up in front of their colleagues. Present to them what you learnt.

Action: Ask your Line Manager is this is ok to do.

7. Use a Coach

Training in a workshop is limited in what it can achieve. Executive Coaching can achieve much more. Your coach can help you to use what you have learnt at work.

Action: Contact us, or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you:

About Darren A. Smith

Darren has been working in the world of UK Supermarkets and Suppliers for over 20 years. He began his career as a buyer at one of the big 4 UK supermarkets and after rising through the ranks he decided to leave after 13 years and set-up Making Business Matter. For the last 14 years he has run MBM, which is a training provider to the UK grocery industry. Helping suppliers to the big four supermarkets to develop the soft skills that will secure them more profitable wins.

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