According to cognitive science expert Art Kohn within a week, people forget an average of 90 percent of the information that is presented to them. What’s the alternative?
High-impact, experiential training sessions that engage participants on every level.
Here are six ways our experiential training beats traditional training methods every time:
- It Produces Long-lasting Results – Recent brain scans of students revealed that more parts of the brain are activated while they were engaged in experiential learning and more of the information stuck as a result. Experiential training methods involve a “hands-on” approach to training. Participants remain actively engaged throughout, which makes them far more likely to internalise the training and recall it long after the training session ends.
- It’s Customisable – Experiential training works so well because it mimics the actual work environment, the way your colleagues interact with one another on a day-to-day basis, and if you wanted to go further why not use professional actors in demos, forum theatre, and business simulations
- It Won’t Put Participants to Sleep – This may seem like an obvious point, but it’s a classic pitfall of traditional training methods — they’re just too boring. Make sure your training is dynamic challenging and fun!
- It Provides a Safe Space to Fail – Yes, experiential training simulates a real work environment — but it’s just that, a simulation. This simulated, safe environment provides participants with the all-too-rare opportunity to take risks, even if they result in failure since failure in this instance isn’t tied to real-world consequences. Having your colleagues try and fail during an experiential training session can provide them with valuable insights without mangling the company’s bottom line.
- It Helps Form Healthy Work Habits -You can learn the key points of good communication, for example, from a PowerPoint presentation — but traditional training methods won’t help you make communicating thoughtfully a practiced habit. Habits only form when people are motivated to make them stick, and experiential learning programs can build in that motivation. For example, people are often motivated to perform certain tasks only if they can get immediate feedback. During an experiential training session, you’re able to provide immediate feedback, which motivates participants to practice the new habit.
- It Strengthens the Team Bond – In experiential training, the strengthening of team bonds is often an unintended yet welcomed side effect. Experiential training involves participants not just “learning together, but “doing” together, and hours of interaction in a safe, supportive, and fun environment can do wonders to boost team morale and bring team members closer together.
So if your sold on experiential training how can you add it into your training programs, below is a really great way to introduce it in a non threatening way, we will explore other ways in part 2 of this series.
Forum Theater – What is it?
Forum theater comprises of several scenarios that are acted out by professional actors, while employees watch. The scenarios are based around issues that the staff has to deal with regularly. such as a sales call, dealing with a difficult customer or give a staff member feedback. However, the staff can get involved in the scenarios as directors of the scene and if they want to they can even step in and replace the actor as participants. Staff can tell the actors what to do, try parts of the scenario again but getting the actors to use different tones of voice or responses, the possibilities are endless. This allows the staff to make the scenario as close to ones that they have to deal with as possible and help them to clarify their own experiences.
Forum theater allows complex issues to be dealt with easily, while also allowing a degree of subtly into the mix as well. The scenes can be either scripted or improvised, and as long as the actors are good enough, staff attending a training session using forum theater will learn way more than from a standard presentation based training session. We use this intervention a lot in our training, as it is a soft way to get people sued to working with actors and it can be extremely powerful.
If you want to know more about how to include this we would be happy to help and can even supply the actors just drop us a line.