Tip #515: What Do We Really Want Our Audience to Tell Us?

On April 28, 2014, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #515: What Do We Really Want Our Audience to Tell Us?

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions”.  Kenneth Blanchard

When we finish giving a presentation or conducting a training program, what do we really want our audience or training participants to tell us- and when would we like that feedback?

There are a variety of written evaluation strategies in use.

Some trainers use evaluation sheets with a Likert scale (for example, rating 1-5) so the audience can provide a numerical rating. The belief is that it is faster for participants to select a rating than to write a comment- and there is certainly some truth to that.

The questions may fall into general categories that pertain to the content, the format and the presenter. The questions may relate to each of … Read the rest

Tip #362: How to Build Learners’ Confidence in Their Own Competence

On February 14, 2011, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #362: How to Build Learners’ Confidence in Their Own Competence

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” Arthur Ashe

If learners lack confidence in their mastery of new learning when they leave the classroom, they are much less likely to apply this new learning back at their work site. As a result, the prime mission of every trainer should be to build the learners’ confidence in their own competence.

There are three closely related approaches that a trainer can take to accomplish this. Together, all three approaches will ensure that the learners have the preparation they need.

First, plan for the learners to demonstrate their learning in the classroom. When designing the curriculum, the learning objectives should identify what the learners will do … Read the rest