When I was a classroom teacher, one of the challenges to be met was providing the right lesson plan and teaching style to each student; learning how to make one lesson that fits with students at multiple levels is perhaps the greatest challenge any teacher faces. It is no wonder that most professional training offered today is of a packaged, one-size-fits-all sort of solution as it is a very difficult thing to do otherwise. If an individual or a team finds meaning in a packaged program and can apply it to their day-to-day work, there’s a chance for success with these one-and-done seminars. I’ve certainly attended many that have worked for me. I intend to do better than that. I don’t assume any single plan or methodology works the same for everyone. This just isn’t how humans learn. Here’s what a leading Learning and Development website writes about retention and seminars:
After one hour, people retain less than half of the information presented.
After one day, people forget more than 70 percent of what was taught in training.
After six days, people forget 75 percent of the information in their training.
Forgetting isn’t just the learner’s fault — the presentation of information can either hinder or spur memory.
People often forget because it was never actually learned in the first place, whether their gnat-sized attention spans or unclear messages are to blame.
Interference occurs when information is not learned deeply (e.g. when it’s not applicable to someone’s day-to-day work).
Information in our memories can decay, or fade over time if not accessed enough.
To learn, the brain builds on existing knowledge — that’s why practice can make perfect.
Corporations spend over 70 billion dollars on training (yep, that includes all of those one-and-done, fancy seminars).
Detailed Notes and Direction
I ask detailed questions of individuals and teams prior to any coaching or on-site seminar so that I can determine what recommendations and training path will be best for bringing about a positive change to productivity and work-life balance. I will get to know you or your team, taking notes to build an assessment of your needs before we work together. Every coaching session and seminar is uniquely planned for the audience for which it is intended.
With differentiated instruction centered on your needs, real learning can take place and make positive changes that last.