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We love to talk about new advancements in learning initiatives here; everything from gamification to social and collaborative learning has gotten us excited and ready to share. And as flashy and effective as these new learning initiatives are important, we realized that we have been unfairly ignoring a classic and still vital component of work-based learning: instructor-led training.

Boring, right? It doesn’t have to be. The fact remains that the need for instructor-based training will never go away within organizations. Experiential learning accomplishes several goals that are much more difficult to attain through online-only learning; not only are you developing your employee by training them on vital hard skills, but you are also helping them improve soft skills, such as face-to-face communication, listening, and critical thinking.

So how do you use in-person training effectively? Here are a few ideas:

Pick the right topic

Not everything requires an in-person instructor. Compliance training might be better completed online at your organization, but a subject like performance coaching or management techniques are better taught by an instructor and in person, where the employees receiving the coaching can practice on a person who can give real-time reactions to them, which helps to enhance the lesson they receive in the training.

Use training as a company culture experience

Training sessions are great ways to boost teamwork and to establish a culture of learning and collaboration in your organization – even if the session is led by an instructor. Unifying teams, inviting multiple departments, asking employees to host training sessions on relevant aspects of their work to other employees – these are all ways to create a culture of sharing and continuous improvement within your organization. Furthermore, it helps engage employees in their work when given a chance to train others – it shows that you care about their development as an employee and in the work they are currently doing.

Instructor-led training sessions are a valuable part of any learning program. Not only does it help your organization develop the skills needed in employees, but it can help you start crafting the leaders your business will need in the future as well.

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