HON Customer Support’s training program is an arduous 7 week course filled with product training, process overviews, and job shadowing. We’ve got brochures, timelines, PowerPoints, and handouts, but you know what the most effective part of our training is? Jeopardy.
Why, you may ask? It’s fun, it’s competitive, and new hires or new members have to think on their feet. Jeopardy puts their knowledge to the test and it paves the way toward delighting our customers. Want to engage your members and increase your training’s effectiveness? Here are a few simple strategies:
- Interaction – The easiest way to combat sleepy stares is to get them involved! Asking questions (and waiting for them to answer) encourages participation and application of material. If you don’t think anyone will answer, direct the question to an individual and take turns with different members. If you’re lecturing, give them exercises or simulations to break up the monotony.
- Gamification – Everyone loves a little competition! Incorporating training into different types of games aids in content mastery and retention. Whether it’s one on one or team against team, gaming adds variety and refreshes the information they’ve learned. Adding rewards and challenges invigorates the learning experience. I challenge you to give it a try.
- Multi-media – Am I banning PowerPoint? No! But, banning 100% PowerPoint? Yes! That’s the purpose of multi-media: use a combination of multiple content forms to conduct effective training. Training shouldn’t fit snuggly in a three ring binder; it should be a dynamic amalgamation of handouts, electronic media, games, demonstrations, and exercises. PowerPoint is an effective tool to disseminate information, but a slide with twenty-seven bullet points and three pictures is not. Make sure to use your tools wisely.
Don’t be in jeopardy of having a less than stellar training program– engage your members through interaction, gamification, and multi-media! Share some tips about your training regimen below.