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How to Promote the Transfer of Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/28/16 4:00 AM
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“Thank you for attending.” Have you ever been to a course where the instructor closed with this statement? I have and it left me feeling somewhat disappointed. It would have benefited me had the instructor closed the course with a review of the day’s content.


Our goal as instructors is to have our participants leave feeling excited about the training and anxious to apply what they have learned. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal and promote the transfer of training is by using a memorable review/summary at the end the session.


Langevin’s one-day workshop, How Adults Learn, speaks about the process of learning by acquiring, storing, and retrieving information. Using a memorable summary/review technique at the end of your course will help aid the learner in the store and retrieve portion of this process.


Here are a few of my favorite summary/review techniques:

Word Relay: Learners create their own list of key concepts on flipchart paper using each letter of a key word. They then compare their list with other learners.

Pass the Ball: Toss a ball to the learners and ask them to pass it around while you play some music. When you stop the music, the person with the ball must describe the best part of the course. Ensure each person has an opportunity to speak.

Action Plan Debrief: Ask the group to list some of their action plan items. Table groups then share the ideas they will put into action when they get back to work.


These are just a few review techniques I use at the end of my Langevin courses but there are so many more options. Just keep them short, sweet, and memorable! As Richard Thomas said, “We want to go out with a bang, not a whimper.”


How do you ensure your learners leave training feeling excited and ready to apply their new skills?


To learn more on how to sell the idea of training transfer in your organization, check out our Make Your Training Stick workshop!

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Beth has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Beth began her training career in 2006 and believes, while training needs to be educational, it also needs to be fun! Outside of the classroom, Beth enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, playing volleyball, photography, and travelling. She hopes to one day visit India during the Festival of Lights, Mexico for the Day of the Dead Celebration, Rio for the Carnival, and China for the Chinese New Year.

Tags: training transfer, adult learning principles, summary and review techniques

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