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Karen Carleton, MEd, MS
Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

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Karen Carleton is an expert in developing and implementing workplace training programs that work. Her analytical approach and engaging style in the Secrets of Effective Training workshop will help you to learn best practices in workplace training to support your firm’s strategic business objectives. Learn valuable tips and techniques to maximize productivity and performance for profitability, through your people. Secrets of Effective Training may be delivered in a 90 minute seminar or a half-day workshop.

While the myth of “train them and they will leave” lives on, the reality is that training supports engaging and retaining competent employees longer. Investments in learning and development play an instrumental role in employee motivation and retention, despite the trend of abbreviated employee-employer contracts.

Successful instructors/trainers need simultaneous big picture and microscopic views of workplace learning. On the surface, training is a means to an end. Skill and knowledge gains enhance employee efficiency and effectiveness. Continuous learning, change and improvement make organizations sustainable, in a fast-paced, dynamic era that demands worker and workplace agility. The Secrets of Effective Training provides critical insights into how your organization can get the most value for its training dollars.

Critical themes that Secrets of Effective Training engages participants in a discussion of:

  1. Adult Learning Principles – Adult learning is different from “school.” It’s important to make training relevant and applicable to the worker, the work, and the workplace to support strategic business objectives. Knowing your target audience is foundational for designing training that works for the targeted group. Invaluable to effective learning is making training meaningful and therefore memorable by following a few basic concepts.
  2. Instructional Design Basics – Knowing your learners and how effective learning happens, begins the path to effective employee training for delivering necessary knowledge and skills. Learning objectives and four simple models shore up the main training design practices, including evaluating training results. A summary of tips for successful classroom and online delivery will be provided.
  3. Materials & Methods Tips – Training materials go through multiple drafts and revisions. Useful document and slide design guidelines will help you gain and maintain learner attention. A discussion of using various and alternate learning methods will help you see the changing picture of organizational learning. Working with a diverse workforce also means respecting learner differences, whether skill or experience based, linguistic or cultural.
  4. Transfer of Learning Supports – When you deliver the right course, at the right time, in the right way, to the right people, there should be ROI (Return on Investment) on your investment. Well-designed, customized training in line with best practices is the first step. For training to achieve business results there must also be opportunities and a lack of barriers for applying new knowledge or skills on the job. Transfer of learning (performance support) techniques will be analyzed, function and be supported with respect to individual participants’ workplaces.

Highlighting Karen’s commitment to evidence-based practice, she will emphasize her overarching RSVP approach to selling the value of workforce learning, with a client story.

A Results focus, Systems thinking, Value-add and Partnerships approach is a powerful linchpin for customized corporate learning:

Results” speak volumes to senior management, who expect measurable results of solutions. Adopting “

Systems thinking” recognizes interconnections, and avoids “siloed” training or unintended consequences.

Value-add” of learning and development brings individual and operational advantages, underscored as “learn more, earn more.”

Partnership” in organizational learning enable high quality and cost-effective delivery.

Secrets of Effective Training bundles the best of evidence-based advice to guide your design, development, delivery and evaluation of high quality training to get the results trainees want and the organization needs. Learn how to gauge knowledge or skill gap specifics before planning your course, and what’s involved in measuring participants’ reaction, learning and application following the learning event. By attending Secrets of Effective Training you will gain the know-how for developing meaningful, memorable learning sessions.

Secrets of Effective Training will be tailored to meet your organization’s needs, and offers an engaging overview of:

  1. Adult Learning Principles
  2. Instructional Design Basics
  3. Methods & Materials Tips, and
  4. Transfer of Learning Supports.

Participants in Secrets of Effective Training will appreciate receiving valuable tools to help them apply what they have learned on the job:

  • Basic Training Planner®, and
  • Training Best Practices Guide®.

More Information: 1.866.420.3338 (toll-free in Canada) email: info@speakersalberta.com

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