When I was grocery shopping the other day it occurred to me that we enjoy a variety of choices in this country. Some may say we have too much to choose from in everything we do. Do you want fresh or frozen, canned or boxed, paper or plastic, single serving or family size? Even at the airport, getting ready to board my plane, there are so many categories of air travelers. Special club members and first class passengers board first, then military personnel, then families with small children, followed by passengers who have paid for extra space seating, and finally, the rest of us. Just crazy! Do we really need all of these choices?
In the world of training, instructional designers and trainers also have a tremendous variety of choice in everything we do. For example, in our How Adults Learn workshop we talk about adult learning principles and how adults need variety when they’re learning in order to promote engagement and prevent boredom. If you design training courses, you know that an entire class built on just lecture and PowerPoint slides is doomed from the start.
I love the field of training because when it comes to the instructional design and delivery of training courses, there are so many methods and instructional techniques we can use! Why do we need variety, you might ask? Well, we teach different audiences with different learning needs, course subjects that require different presentation and application methods, various class sizes, and both in person and the virtual classroom!
So, if you aspire to be successful in the training profession, here are some wonderful resources you can use to become a dazzling course leader:
1. Ensure you are incorporating a variety of presentation and application methods into your sessions with our list of 50 Instructional Methods.
2. Add variety to your presentations with our 20 Practical Tips for Instructors.
3. Build more fun and connection into your courses with 6 of our Favorite Icebreakers!
By constantly adding to your trainer’s toolkit, you’ll keep your courses fun and energized for your learners and for you! Enroll in Langevin's 25 Creative Ways to Add Excitement to Your Training workshop soon!
Hello, I’m Lynne Koltookian, a native New Englander. I have lived here all my life and am now the Boston-based instructor for Langevin Learning Services. I started working for Langevin in March of 2007 after working more than twenty years for corporations in eastern Massachusetts.