CAREER ADVANCEMENT / DEC. 30, 2015
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Choosing the Right Training Space for Different Training Styles

We all know that to reach new heights in your career, training is essential. If you don’t pick up new skills along the way, you run the risk of stagnating and having a narrower set of abilities than what your current company may want you to use in more senior roles or even what other employers may be looking for. Equally, if you are in a management role, making sure your staff get the best training is part of your remit, so understanding as much as you can about training and how people learn is in your best interests.

Here we take a look at how the surrounding environment on a training course is best set up for different styles of training.

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1. Lecture Style

When your training is being delivered mostly in the form of talks, presentations and demonstrations by training professionals, the best kind of setup is auditorium style, much like a traditional college lecture. This would involve fixed seating facing the front, laid out in a way that provides everybody with an unobstructed view of the trainer and any screens or props they are using as well as enabling everyone to hear what they are saying. This keeps everyone focused where they should be and avoids the distractions of a computer lab-type setup.

2. Practical Training Sessions

The lab-type setup where everybody has their own computer or whatever equipment they need to perform practical tasks is best used for training courses where most of the work is going to be supervised exercises rather than watching and listening. This type of layout means people don’t have to share resources and can work at learning what is needed to get through the practical tasks at their own pace, requesting help from trainers whenever they need to.

3. Conference Style

Where training takes the form of working as a team, role-playing, or brainstorming, a conference-style setting is ideal, with teams or the entire group seated around a table. This makes people feel they can contribute freely and equally, and makes communicating comfortable. Sitting in a circle without a table can also be useful for these kinds of sessions if note-taking isn’t required.

4. Computer-Based Training

Computer-based training is the most flexible because, without the presence of a trainer needed, it can be done anytime and just about anywhere. A lot of the time, people are asked to complete CBT sessions at their desks; however, if you prefer, you may find it easier to learn from these sessions if you choose to do them somewhere where you aren’t going to be distracted by your usual work or interrupted by anyone – for instance, in a small, free meeting room or even at home.

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If you are organizing a training course for a team who work for you or just looking to attend training that is likely to be most beneficial to you, then it is a good idea to think about room layouts and the general environment the training will take place in.

What is your preferred training space? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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