Have you had this experience? You have flogged your guts out for over 7 hours training a group of delegates, you feel that the learning has gone well, they were receptive and they have participated well.
And yet the end of the course seems to end with a fizzle, rather than a bang.
This has happened to me several times since Christmas. I seem to put so much effort into the day and the content but feel I miss something.
So how do you close you training events?
I have a variety of different routes that I go down. Unfortunately the larger the client, the more likely that they will want at least two sides of A4 full of questions answering. This forms part of their structured evaluation process.
If this isn’t the case I use my own very short evaluation. Or even better, I like to ask delegates to share their action points from the course and we then schedule a phone call at least 6 weeks in advance where everyone can dial in and we have a chat as a group about where they are with those actions. What has gone well and what could have gone even better.
I also try to include some form of self reflection on the day for delegates, one of my favourite ways to do this is the dice exercise…invite delegates to roll a dice and depending on what number they get, they have to answer the corresponding numbered question:-
- State the most important fact you have learned today
- Give an example of how you will change your working practice after the course
- Talk for one minute about what you have learned
- What difficulties will you face?
- Give another member of the group a piece of positive advice
- Give yourself a piece of positive advice
So what do you do? What are your evaluation mechanisms? How do you close? Do you have any recommendations that you can share with our Bridge 2 Learning fellows?