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What’s the shelf life of a training program?


Is there a measure similar to a “half life” for training programs that measure when it’s time to dispose of the waste?

So often as I talk with prospective clients and professionals in the organization development field, I hear that they are fine with training, they have exactly what they need and they feel firmly positioned to handle the development needs of the organization.

As soon as a company feels that are “firmly positioned”

they are dead in the water.

I recently delivered a workshop 17 times in one month! Same content, different audiences. And every session was unique. Except for the first 10 minutes, I wasn’t about to change the first ten minutes as I had created a killer opening! But for every session, I made a conscience effort to read my audience, know their positions in the organization, their role, and tailor my delivery to those needs without compromising the overall message of the content. It was fun.

I would ask anyone responsible for training, in any size organization, when was the last time you really looked at your training? When was the last time you really worked on your training? The slides, the manuals, the facilitators who are charged with the effective delivery of the content. All of these are in need of regular and frequent critical evaluation.

Much like I changed my delivery of those 17 workshops, based on the audience, in the grand scheme of things, you need to change your training based on the ever changing greater needs of the organization, it’s people and it’s customers.

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