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This is Part 2 of 7 Principles of Accelerated Learning. Read Part 1 here
5. Customize for Your Audience
Despite what happens in The Matrix, no one can master a skill without a lot of practice. People have different learning styles, come from different generations, and have different experiences; but they all want to apply what they've learned. Take the time to learn how each of your trainees are different and customize your training for these differences. The trainee is likely to get bored or unmotivated if she's already on step 5, but she's being forced to repeat steps 1-4—so keep the trainee's skills in mind. Consider having 3-4 preplanned training curricula depending on where the trainee is in the learning process—it will motivate and accelerate the learning process for your trainees and saving you time.
6. Experts Know What and How
There has been a lot written about allowing students to design their own training programs: picking and choosing what to learn and in what order. But how can this work if the student doesn’t know what s/he should be learning? This approach promises a lot of predictable, and, honestly, preventable mistakes. Instead, rely on the experts. In particular, ask these questions:
How did you learn to become good at this?
If you had to do it again, how could you do it faster?
And don't only ask these questions, listen to their answers because they will help optimize your training programs for your new employees. The experts know what to do and how to achieve mastery—so they are an invaluable resource for preparing newcomers.
7. Do it Right the First Time
Starting with a blank sheet of paper is the slowest and most frustrating way to design a training program—so it's important to have clear direction at the start of the design process and identify the deliverables. There should be a standard method for doing a needs analysis, creating a design, testing, and implementation. Once this is done, the program can be templated for everything from design documents to web pages. For you, there's nothing worse than having to start over with a training curriculum—so make sure you get it right the first time.
Speed up the learning process! Making absolutely everything unique is slow and expensive; following these seven principles has the potential to cut days, weeks, even months from the training process. These principles make training programs easier to build, more repeatable, and less expensive.