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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!

Waste paper bin full of rubbish - Presentation Skills


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 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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