We’ve all been there: daydreaming, doodling, or dozing our way through a boring class or training session at work. So, what's the secret that makes the difference between monotonous and engaging corporate training?
The best way to lose your audience (which we don’t recommend) is through broad generalizations, numbers without a story, dull precepts, abstract ideas, or anything that separates what you’re teaching from the real world.
The secret to keep learners engaged and get concepts to stick: make sure every lesson you deliver is illustrated with examples and real stories. Why? Because adding some life to the hard skills you’re presenting is the best way to make the material relevant rather than boring.
And what better way to make your corporate training program relevant than by using real scenarios from your workplace. Not only does this personalize the material, it provides a shared point of reference and something unique to your organization.
Bring the office into the learning module
Instead of designing anonymous characters for your course scenarios, try using people from the office. Ask employees to participate by providing pictures of themselves you can use in your course simulations.
Include some anecdotes to add some humor. For example, if Bill, your vice president of sales, takes every opportunity to talk about his favorite episodes of “The Walking Dead,” everyone will relate to his obsession with Rick Grimes and his transformation from good guy to “Ricktator.” It goes without saying that you need to involve willing employees and laugh with them, not at them.
Beyond incorporating familiar faces into your learning modules, you can also incorporate the specific business goals of your organization. Along with personalizing the learning experience, this has the added benefit of reinforcing company values and specific corporate objectives.
Drawing on examples from the workplace is a great way to personalize content and effectively deliver training material. To learn more about how the Bridge learning platform can help you make your e-learning courses more relevant, visit https://www.getbridge.com/.
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