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Effective Training Steps

3. Plan the Training and Organize Materials

For training to be effective, it must communicate information in a language and by methods all employees understand. Trainers should be knowledgeable in the subject matter and treat employees respectfully.

Training is valuable to adults when it applies directly to them in their jobs. When planning training, remember that adults have experience and are practically motivated. Encourage employees to share their experience and knowledge as it applies to the training topics. Show employees how the training will help them reach their personal goals for greater safety, professional advancement, a promotion to supervisor, etc. At the end of the training, plan enough time for questions, discussion, and checking for understanding. This will help reinforce what has been learned and provide you with feedback to improve future trainings.

The "lesson plan" is the organization of the material and learning activities based on your goals and objectives for the training. Your "lesson plan" should include:

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