Creating a train-the-trainer lesson plan in 7 minutes

Last week I wrote a bit about Soapbox, which is an online tool that can be used to create training and skill-building lesson plans in just a few minutes. Today, I’m going to show exactly what it looks like to create a lesson plan in just a few minutes (and later in this post, you can download a digital copy of the final lesson plan).

First, here is a video that will walk you through how I developed a complete lesson outline for this train-the-trainer session in under 7 minutes.

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Train-the-Trainer Program Effectiveness Research Released by The Learning Guild

Last week, The Learning Guild released a report entitled Train-the-Trainer: Evidence-based Practices, which was written by Jane Bozarth, PhD. You can download an executive summary (or you can sign up for a free membership of The Learning Guild and download the entire 29-page report) here.

If you have 30 minutes or so, I’d encourage you to give it a read. In short, if you’re going to put together a train-the-trainer program for part-time trainers around your organization (SMEs or other folks who don’t have “training” in their job title but who are pressed into service to train others from time to time), you’ll want to make sure that your train-the-trainer program is effective and is a good use of everyone’s time.

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A Crash Course for a Beginning Training Designer

There are plenty of courses you can take, books to read, certificate or even master’s level programs to study, but sometimes people who are mapping out a training program just need something right now. They don’t have the time to read a book or the money to complete a course. Following is a list of quick reference resources (articles, podcasts), activity ideas and job aids for someone who just needs a crash course and some resources… now.

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Key Components of a Training Lesson Plan

One of my most popular blog posts ever was the one in which I shared a free training lesson plan template. It was so popular that it made me think that a tool like Soapbox, an online tool that basically puts a training lesson plan together for you in a matter of minutes, would be something the world would be interested in.

If you have about 10 minutes or so and want to hear what should go into a training lesson plan, give this week’s podcast a listen.

And if you have an extra 5 seconds, I’d love your response to the following survey question (I’m genuinely curious about who’s been listening to my podcasts lately). Thank you in advance for listening (and for giving me some idea of what your role is)!!

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How do you train your colleagues how to train?

Ajay Pangarkar doesn’t have your typical L&D background. He’s a “numbers guy” and comes from the world of finance. Perhaps that “numbers guy” background helped create the lens through which he views learning and development initiatives, because it all comes down to finding evidence and statistics that demonstrate the effectiveness of a program for him.

Of course, for any program to be effective, it needs to be delivered well. In this week’s episode of Train Like You Listen, Ajay, who currently has six courses available on LinkedIn Learning, shares some insights on how to effectively craft a train the trainer program to help your colleagues be more effective trainers.

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What should a Train The Trainer session look like nowadays?

On Monday, we shared a podcast recording with Ajay Pangarkar who has created a number of LinkedIn Learning courses on the topic of train the trainer and presentation skills.

This conversation got me thinking about Train the Trainer sessions in two ways:

  1. It got me curious about how people feel about facilitating Train the Trainer sessions within their own organizations, and
  2. It also got me thinking about what Train the Trainer sessions look like in an Age of the Pandemic, where so much of our training is done virtually.
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What kind of facilitator are you?

Designing effective training is one thing. Designing training that can be delivered effectively (by you or by someone else) is a bit of a different animal. It doesn’t matter whether the training is being delivered in-person or virtually, the person delivering the session is an enormous X Factor in whether the training will be effective or not.

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An Anchor Activity in Every Presentation

“If we’re running short on time, I’ll typically cut the anchor activities and jump right into the content.”

I was leading a train the trainer workshop and some of the people who were using our curriculum were sharing tips and tricks for how to facilitate a session, especially when the curriculum was so packed and it was so easy to fall behind.

I cringed. 

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Case Study: The Impact of Training One Year After Launch

A year ago I found myself in Birmingham, AL, helping to lead a train the trainer session as part of the launch and roll-out of a new sales training program.

A year later, we’ve been able to look at the impact of training through the lens of Kirkpatrick’s four levels of evaluation and see the results and impact on each level, including a double-digit growth in sales for those stores who have implemented this program compared to those who haven’t.   Continue reading