The World Around you
When was the last time you really felt inspired? I mean really inspired, when it came to your training content? If nothing really comes to mind, then it's time to change that. And it's not your fault if you haven't felt moved to create some amazing training.
Perhaps, you're not use to designing out of the box training or you've never looked in the right place for some serious inspiration. Well, have no fear, because in this post, I will give you three key areas you can look into to help you create unique training content from scratch.
examine everyday products
Purpose: Inspiration for creating internal training products
You use all kinds of different products everyday for different reasons. You might, for example, use a notebook for writing down notes or grab a smartphone to take a picture with friends. But the uses of those items can go far beyond their general purpose of note-taking and entertainment.
That same notebook can be turned into a guidebook with special shortcuts for new employees, and that smartphone (used wisely) can take before and after photos of on-site demonstrations for training evaluations.
The goal here is to examine some of the traditional items you come in contact with on a regular basis, and think about ways you can "flip" the item or convert it into something completely different that can help you train your employees. It doesn't have to be a massive overhaul, you don't need to reinvent the wheel, but look around you and see what can help you get the job done.
Purpose: Inspiration for designing your training
Magazines are a creative way to to find inspiration for formatting your training content. It's a vivid way to communicate and express
The key is to remain observe the way color is used throughout the pages, the different sizes and pairings of font, and the overall layout (or structure of the page).
Now, finding inspiration from magazines layouts doesn't mean to "copy" exactly what you see in front of you, but to use those pages to get an idea of how to make different elements works together to tell a visually-pleasing story.
- How can I design training content that would connect with the end user?
- What type of fonts will compliment the main ones I use?
- How can I incorporate color to mentally stimulate the learner, while still staying true to my own business brand identity?
So start to think strategically about physically designing your content. The more you create an inviting appearance, the more likely your learners will gravitate to it.
Purpose: Inspiration for building content with substance
So, where is your training content going to originate from? Well, if you're looking to create technical training or even soft skills training, one of the best ways to find inspiration is look around you, and assess your environment.
This means keeping both eyes and ears open to what's going in your day-to-day operations. You can do this by frequently conducting:
- Focus Groups
- One-on-One Interview
- Informal Conversations
- Documentation Review
All of these methods are great ways to figure out what type of training your business truly needs. If you're not really sure on how to get started assessing what your business needs, check out my course.