As a trainer preparing for a workshop or training session, it's hard not to focus heavily on the technical aspects of what you want to teach the participants. After all, players come to workshops/clinics/training to learn new things to help take their game to another level. But when you design a training session, it helps to keep in mind the "other" keys that ensure the players actually remember and apply what they learn.
In this post I'll share 6 keys that trainers can use as a framework to run a great training session. And as a free gift at the end...you can download a template to help you apply the 6 keys.
In order to run an effective training session that maximizes learning, you must...
First, share the WHY. When players know "why" they are supposed to learn something, the probability of learning acquisition increases. This will help open the mind of the players so they are willing and ready to learn what you are about to teach them.
Second, at the beginning share WHAT they will learn. I've made the mistake many times to just jump right into the content of "what" I want to teach. This leaves it up to the players to decide what is important and what's not. This is dangerous because the connection between drills and the outcome may be unclear to everyone except the trainer. Don't allow the players to decide what is important and what's not. Tell them right from the start. And make it clear how the drills/exercises are connected to the learning objectives.
Third, STRUCTURE your content. Workshops and clinics are meant to help players learn...so they can apply the concepts into their daily practice. Help players learn the content by making it easy to consume, which will make it memorable. For example, which is easier to remember...8390582907 or 123-456-7890? Of course the latter because the information is segmented and it follows a logical order. Remember, the information we share is useless if it's not easily consumed.
Fourth, allow time for RESPONSE. The more players can actively respond to what you are teaching, the better they will retain it. Schedule time to ask questions and allow the players time to reflect, then respond. If you ask a question and some smarty pants yells out the answer, this may not benefit others because it doesn't allow time to reflect, ponder, and choose the right response. Make sure you encourage players to search for their own answers rather than simply asking a buddy for the correct answer. Studies show that being wrong, then seeking to understand why it's wrong is a great way to learn, rather than being given the answer.
Fifth, give FEEDBACK. Feedback is a powerful and essential tool to promote learning. You can provide feedback to confirm the player is doing something correctly, or to advise them to change what they are doing. Research has identified a few keys to keep in mind with feedback: (1) feedback directed towards the task is better accepted and helps improve performance, (2) feedback perceived as a personal criticism tends to reduce performance, and (3) feedback that is too detail oriented tends to confuse players...so focus on ONE thing at a time.
Sixth, REWARD the right stuff. Everyone enjoys being recognized and rewarded for doing things right, especially when it requires significant effort and grit. Yet while it's important to offer rewards and recognition, be careful to constantly promote the joy of intrinsic rewards over extrinsic rewards (e.g. getting prizes, tokens, etc.) and incentivize the right behaviors.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the 6 keys to running an effective clinic/workshop/training session. To help you design great training sessions...you can download a template of the 6 keys by clicking the button below. But first, be a good friend and share this with someone that may be interested in running effective training sessions. Keep hustling and keep shooting!