When you get a cat, you don’t need to train it to go poop in its cat box. It just knows! Well, business is like the opposite of cats pooping; most people don’t instinctively know where or how they should do it. That’s why, whenever you bring someone or something new into your business, you need to provide training.
The problem is, if you’re enrolled in the Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership, then you’re probably pretty new to running your own business, and if you’re new to running your own business, you probably don’t know how to train anyone to do anything. So, essentially, you’ll have to train yourself to train your employees. But don’t worry. You won’t need to start from scratch because we’ve assembled a list of invaluable training tips. Take a look:
1. The people you’re training need to trust you know what you’re talking about. That’s why it’s important to open a training session by discussing your background and explaining how your past experiences make you a leader in your field. Or if you want to save time, just bring in a trophy.
2. It’s important to keep your trainees engaged. Remind them that training provides knowledge and knowledge is a building block for success. Hammer this home with a metaphorical hands-on exercise: make each employee build a brick wall and then have him spray paint “SUCCESS” across it in graffiti-style writing.
3. Always be mindful of the words you’re using in order to keep everyone focused. For example, if you work in the railed transport industry, make sure to refer to all “trains” as “locomotives.” Otherwise you might say something like, “Welcome to train training!” Then your trainees will think you stuttered, and they’ll be like, “If this guy barely even knows how to talk, I bet he’s totally clueless about something as complicated as trains.” And then they’ll just stop paying attention.
4. Remember: talking about a hypothetical crisis is okay. Getting your trainees up for a crisis role-playing exercise is better. Having an actual crisis occur during your session is the best. That’s why, whenever I offer a course on the Heimlich Maneuver, I make sure to choke on something mid-class. How effective is it? Well, I’m still here aren’t I?
5. Training can be frustrating for some people; if a person has a hard time grasping a concept, he might start thinking he’s not “good enough” to work at your company. That’s why it’s important to remind each of your trainees of their unique, personal value by ending every session with a talent show.
Now, let me know what field you work in, and I'll provide you with some specialized training tips in the comments below. Each response WILL have a cat metaphor! That's a promise!