Why You Shouldn’t Hand Out Slides at the Start of the Day

Don’t Hand Out Slides at the Start of the Day

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!

A metal bin full of waste paper and a notebook

Waste, Don’t Hand Out Slides at the Start of the Day


At the start of the day don’t hand out slides. Don’t have slides, don’t have handouts, 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. This will 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.

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