After the success of our recent video in which I talked about training being like flying a plane, the balance of trainer skills and training design someone who really liked it raised the question of: So what is design of training and how does it work?
Basically training design in our concept follows seven steps:
First defining the training goal from three different perspectives: The point of view of the participants, your client and yourself as a trainer and of course those three perspectives from those different perspectives can differ considerably.
Secondly, participant analysis. Considering or anticipating the background, knowledge levels, and needs of your group. How homogeneous or heterogeneous will the group be in terms of interests, and also in terms of age, gender and culture, and what might that mean for your training?
Thirdly, gathering content, collecting material, research, looking into literature and so on
Fourthly, storyboarding your general outline for the training.
Step 5 is refinement which means taking the rough outline and checking, have you placed your crisp content and exercises in the right places? . Adding motivators, briefing adding debriefing questions. And of course designing and customising your exercises.
Step 6 involves pouring your result into your outline or script as your finished training product
Step 7 is quality management. The fine toothed comb examination, the final polish, checking the time and the texture, asking yourself what you may want to have as backups and what you may be able to take out to be flexible. Step 7 also includes the pilot, which is the first time you run your new training with all the lessons learned involved.
If you would like to become a professional intercultural trainer, have a look at our IBT/M programme. We also offer inhouse train-the-trainer programmes.