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Benefits to Face to Face Training

 

The recent technological revolution has created sweeping changes across all facets of life, and this can especially be seen in the education and training sector. There has been a huge surge in the use of online training, with the improved availability and capability of software such as Skype allowing for online training courses to be used with increased frequency and success. However, despite this increase in the use of technology, face-to-face training remains the method of choice for most major organisations, as it contains several aspects which cannot be replaced:

Dynamic relationship between participants and trainers.

Face-to-face training allows each participant to interact with the instructor and their fellow participants much more effectively. Networking is a key principle of business, and these real life human interactions important. Through face-to-face training, participants can establish stronger relationships, which will become key as the participant advances through their career.

Focus.

During face-to-face training, the trainer implements strategies to keep the participants engaged and involved in the lesson. Distractions are minimised ensuring course content retention is maximised leading to better results.

Discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

Some of the most effective learning takes place when participants delve into detailed discussions and debates over the topic in question. This method of learning allows each participant to share their views with others, allowing everyone to view the subject from a different perspective in addition to strengthening interpersonal relationships between participants. This format of lesson keeps everyone involved and engaged, and the participants learn from each other.

Trainer-Participant interaction and engagement.

Face-to-face communication enriches the entire training experience, as valuable information can be conveyed between the trainer and the participant using gestures, facial expressions, tone, and volume of voice. Trainers can detect and respond to the concerns and misunderstandings of participants much more quickly and effectively when they are there in person, which allows the instructor to alter the pace and structure of the lesson to address any issues.

Adaptability.

Following on from the previous point, a great advantage of face-to-face training is the adaptability of the courses, as the delegates can specify exactly what they want to learn, so that time and resources are not wasted learning information that is not applicable to their area of work. Instructors can adapt their courses to target areas of weakness, improving the overall effectiveness of the teaching.

Ability to have 1-on-1 help.

In a face-to-face lesson, the participant can take his/her problem to the trainer, who can then explain it immediately and in a clear way. When a task is set to the rest of the group, the trainer can sit down with any struggling participants 1-on-1 and give them focused, effective help for their needs.

Face-to-face training is the best method to use for clarity, engagement, and overall quality of teaching.

 

Tips on choosing a computer training venue

Here are some things that you need to consider when choosing a venue for your training:

1. Technical Support –

This is what we consider to be one of the most important aspects when it comes to hiring a computer training room, because lack of this when there is a problem will ruin the entire session. Ensure there is always a technical support person available on-site to support the classroom/presentation systems and networks during any event.

2. Accessibility –

Is the venue rather easy to get to? Is it easily accessible by public transport? Is it near a train or tube station?

3. Cost –

Are you being charged for items you do not need because the price is all inclusive? Why pay for a projector or internet if you do not need it? Remember nothing is free even the water has been built into the price of the room…so forget all those gimmick of free coffee, tea etc.

4. Flexibility –

How flexible is the training centre? What is the cancellation term? Are you allowed to reschedule your booking instead of losing your money if you have no delegates to attend your scheduled course?

5. Fit for purpose –

You have all heard the saying “don’t buy a professional camera for an amateur photo”. Does the venue match the expected delegates? Is the venue quiet enough? Conducting a training session on the high street is a no brainer!

6. Catering –

This is very important as the food must be good to enhance the whole training experience. Can you get hot lunch or good quality sandwiches?

7. Reception –

Are your delegates received when they arrive? Are the staff friendly and welcoming or do they look like people that wished they never turned up to work?

8. Car Parking –

Make sure the venue has parking especially for disabled people.

9. Show round –

If possible, go and visit the venue to ensure it matches your expectation.

10. Fresh air –

This may sound unusual but having a park or grounds next to your venue where delegates can walk around also contributes to an uplifting training session.