Before I deliver a training session in front of a real audience, I often drag a few colleagues into a training room to do a rehearsal and get feedback. The most common piece of feedback I receive is some variation of the following statement: “Brian, that was really interesting. It was nice to know about that topic. But how can it actually be used in my job?”
It’s an honor to be asked to present an area of expertise in front of a group. And sometimes it’s a little too easy to be so passionate about a topic that I lose sight of the fact that not everyone enjoys geeking out over concepts like adult learning or racial equity. Oddly enough, my participants often simply want to know how my topic can help them do their jobs better.
Here are a few ways that feedback from a rehearsal has led to a more concrete final draft of my training lesson plans:
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How are you making sure that your next presentation goes beyond geeking out on theory and actually gets into concrete ways your learners will be able to apply your concepts to their jobs?
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