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Don’t Hand Out Slides at the Start of the Day – comes from the Free Guide – ‘Are you frustrated by training that creates short term interest but not long term change?.

We’ve all been on training courses where the trainer has handed out the slides at the beginning of the day so that we can ‘take notes’. Some Learners diligently take notes and others don’t. At the end of the course, we leave thinking, ‘That was a great day’. Then, in an impromptu desk tidy-up 6 months later, we find the slides, and reluctantly throw them out. We take a few seconds to think about the great day, and then throw the notes in the bin as we tell ourselves that we’ll probably never look at them again anyway. What a shame!

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Don’t have slides, don’t have hand outs


Don’t have slides, don’t have hand outs – in fact, don’t give anything out. At the start of the learning event, help your Learners to understand how to create useful notes, and encourage them to think about the format and how they will use them after the training day in order to facilitate the behavioural changes they want to make. Alternatively, you can use a Keepers Template, which will capture the ‘golden nuggets’ of information on just 1 page. The important part is that the Learner has made their own notes, in their handwriting, with their next steps clearly outlined.

Darren A. Smith

About Darren A. Smith

Darren has been working in the world of UK Supermarkets & Suppliers for over 25 years. He began his career as a buyer at big 4 UK supermarkets and after 13 years he decided to leave to set-up Making Business Matter because he wanted to help suppliers and supermarkets to work better together.

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