Six Secrets to Online Training

In today’s global business environment, organizations must continually seek ways to improve productivity, respond nimbly to changes and optimize their budgets. Trainers in particular need to reach more customers and

In today’s global business environment, organizations must continually seek ways to improve productivity, respond nimbly to changes and optimize their budgets. Trainers in particular need to reach more customers and employees more quickly— and in more places.With these six easy steps, your online training events will be engaging, memorable and easy to attend.

1) DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE CONTENT

Online training is appropriate for any type of content that can be shared, shown or demonstrated from a computer desktop. A growing trend among trainers is determining what portions of content can be delivered online and moving at least some of that activity online to increase reach and frequency of connecting with learners. Possibilities include foundation knowledge and post-training assessments to determine retention of key concepts.

2) USE REGISTRATION TO HONE THE WEBINAR’S FOCUS

Because of the lengthy lead time between traditional training registration and the event, a common practice with inperson seminars is to query seminar registrants about their greatest needs and wants. The goal is to understand the audience
in advance so the seminar content can be tailored for optimum effectiveness. With online training, there is usually less lead time necessary since registrants don’t need to plan as far in advance to attend a session. In addition to benefitting from a shortened delivery cycle, online trainers also benefit from on-demand registration
analysis, giving them the same opportunity to serve learners’ needs with precision.

3) DELIVER INTERACTIVE OPENERS

Great openers take many forms, such as shocking statements, revealing statistics, or powerful what-you-will-learn benefit statements. Sometimes they are simply a quick exercise that gets and audience engaged by saying something such as, “Raise your hand if you traveled more than two hours to get here today.”

Likewise, online trainers can easily present a poll, prompt a virtual “hand up,” or ask learners to type a response to a question, instantly engaging them in a memorable and measurable way.

4) KEEP AN EYE ON ATTENTIVENESS

Not all audiences respond the same way to any given subject matter or presenter.
Experienced trainers observe the attentiveness of their learners, though this gets more difficult with larger audiences.

Moving your training online does not have to mean that you lose this connection with your audience. Online training dashboards put trainers and panelists in touch with learner attentiveness at a glance, enabling them to keep an eye on — and respond to — changing audience needs.

5) USE DIALOGUE TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT

Instead of simply instructing an audience that members can submit questions using the question/ answer tool, demonstrate it with an ice-breaking opener such as, “Type in what city you are participating from today.”As answers come in, show the audience you are “listening” by your own response such as, “Julia, from Sydney:Welcome.

Online training is uniquely valuable because it provides the ability to engage learners with true instructor-led dialogue, but without the constraints of distance and travel. And engaged learners mean higher retention and influence of your key training messages.

6) LEVERAGE RECORDINGS FOR INCREASED REACH

Recording online training only requires the trainer to push a button. No producers, cameras or post-production editing! All audio and visual elements are captured, including screen demonstrations, and the recording file is easily published on a Website for learners who may have missed the live session. Further, your content will be available on demand for anyone, anywhere, extending your reach almost immediately.

Try these few ideas to make your next online training event fun,memorable and engaging. Start delivering online training today. Contact GoToTraining for
a free trial at (866) 962-6491.

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