Training – Then What? How to Make Learning Stick

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It is Difficult to Make Learning Stick
Too many trainers, instructional designers and learners struggle with how to make learning stick after a training workshop is completed.

What is Learning Anyway?
Learning is defined as the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught.  When it comes to how to make learning stick, we believe it is all about the transfer of newly acquired skills and knowledge to the job in order to measurably change behavior and improve performance.

Some Alarming Learning Statistics
Unfortunately, by most accounts, corporations struggle to make learning stick even after they invest heavily in training and development.  Here are some alarming statistics:

  • National training laboratories report only a 5% learning retention rate from lectures, a 10% learning retention rate from reading and a 20% learning retention rate from audio visual.
  • Our own research based upon over 800 training measurement projects found that only 1-in-5 participants change behavior or improve performance from stand-alone training events, regardless of modality.
  • On average, 80% of training investments focus on training design and delivery while only 20% focus on what happens before or after the training session.

How to Beat the Odds and Make Learning Stick
If you want to make learning stick for your corporate training initiatives:

1.  Be Aware
Know where you are on the learning maturity continuum and where you want to go.

2.  Create 3x Relevance
Focus on training relevance to three groups of stakeholders before you determine how to invest in what happens before, during and after training.

  1. The participants
  2. Their bosses
  3. The senior leadership team

3.  Match Your Design to Your Relevance Level
If training relevance is high enough to warrant the necessary investments to make learning stick, focus first on what application and reinforcement support you will need from the participants and their managers before and after the training.  Then align the new skills with your performance management processes and understand that learning new skills takes time and practice.

Be patient and willing to let people make mistakes and to learn from them.

4.  Monitor and Measure Progress
Then like any change initiative, use training measurement to track what is going well and where more support is needed and make adjustments as required by encouraging participants to seek help from fellow learners and receive ongoing coaching to reinforce what is going right and correct what needs improvement.

The Bottom Line
Too many trainers, instructional designers and learners struggle with how to make learning stick after a training workshop is completed.  To make learning stick, begin by beginning relevant to the business.

To learn more about how to make learning stick and the transfer of training, download the The #1 Reason Training Initiatives Fail According to Executives

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