Maybe you’re being dragged against your will by some new organisational requirement, or you’re skipping all the way to the conference room because you’ve been advocating for this training for some time. Either way, if you’re going make sure you get the most of this opportunity.
Reflect on what you’d like to gain from the training experience … Take some time to think, dream and scheme about what you would like to take away from this training.
Generate specific questions about the training topic … What would you like to know more about? What are you unclear about? Where would you like the training to focus?
Know your learning style and set yourself up to succeed … Taking into account this preferred way of learning, what can you do to set yourself up for success in the training? For example, if you’re a visual learner, choose a seat where you can see the trainer, screen and any visuals. If you’re a kinesthetic learner, bring a notepad to take notes, and don’t forget your favourite coloured highlighters.
Develop a post-training action plan …Again, a good training programme should include structured time for you to develop a plan for how you will integrate and apply your learning into your everyday work after the programme is over. Make sure you discuss and agree any actions with your manager.
Any time when your business invests in training and development take the opportunity with both hands and use every opportunity to learn, grow and have a bit of fun!