Ever wondered how some organizations always succeed in their learning and development efforts and manage to create a highly skilled workforce? What is it that these organizations do differently? You might think it’s because they invest substantial amounts into corporate training; however, that isn’t the reason. The real reason for their success is their delivery technique.
They deliver learning using methods that facilitate its application. In simple words, they begin keeping the end in mind. They focus on what they’d like the participants to do differently and better after the training program and then consciously base their learning and development efforts to bridge the gap between learning and doing.
Delivery for Application
Organizations that focus on application right from the start select learning strategies that aid this process. They choose the right technologies and instructional methods that facilitate on-the-job application and learning transfer.
Additionally, when delivering for application, an in-depth understanding of how adults consume information and learn is required. For this purpose, learning professionals must use instructional design principles such as active engagement, spaced learning, reflection, rehearsal, etc. Aptly said by Julie Dirksen, “A great learning experience is not about the content, but is about the way the content is taught.”
The problem with most corporate training initiatives is that they try and cover as much as possible within a limited period. The content is too much, and the time in which they deliver, is too little. The best learning professionals in the industry will always advise that when it comes to delivery, ‘less is more.’ In cases where the content is precise yet powerful, learning professionals focus on delivering performance rather than just conducting a training program.
Organizations succeed in their learning and development endeavors when they design the training program in accordance with the learning needs of the participants. They focus on the solution they are looking for and then partner with training companies that can tailor-make programs to achieve their learning objectives.