Six tell-tale signs your training material is dead

Posted on May 7, 2017 by

The last thing you want to spend your time doing is updating your training material every few weeks – re-printing references, hand-outs and slides. But everything has a shelf life…

So how many of these training offences are you committing?

  1. Slides are two years old
    Aside from the date on your slides, the content itself starts to look old very quickly. Visual styles change, logos get replaced and events move on. Check your visual aids regularly to see if there is anything more recent available, and make sure that your colour schemes and layout are current.
  2. References are out of date
    “According to the 2001 census…” is not going to convince your delegates you have a handle on the latest information!
  3. Images are old
    Yes, black & white images can be a giveaway, but styles of image change quickly. Even world maps need updating!
  4. Your delegates are not engaging
    This is the biggest sign that your material is dead. What was current a few years ago (or months ago in some industries) is old news now. And your delegates expect the latest, most up to date material from you.So if you are feeling that your delegates are not engaging or re-booking as you would like, take a look at how current your material is.
  5. No Video content
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth? Everyone loves watching videos as part of a training session. They break up the intensity of the learning – and give the trainer a break too! So if you are not using video, you’re missing a great learning aid.
  6. It’s not social
    Love it or hate it, Social Media is everywhere. If you’re not using the power of Twitter, the reach of Facebook or the depth of LinkedIn then your delegates are missing out.

2 responses to “Six tell-tale signs your training material is dead”

  1. Very interesting concept. Anyone vaguely related to training would be able to tell the importance of not being outdated or better yet, being relevant and updated.

    Even regardless of any timeline, the versions of any training presentation must be revised and evolved, as every element must carry a purpose, and do it well.

    • Good to hear from you Miguel,

      It is true the pace of technology requires all businesses to keep their content up to date. Now more than ever, trainers must be absorbing information and communicating the relevance across multiple communication platforms. Maintaining the badge of accreditation will enable trainers to get their courses assessed and continue to practice knowing they are doing it with a high standard.