Skills for journalists in print and digital media.

How to build a training module, Part 3

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Step 3: Prepare materials

Most programs require a good handout and perhaps a PowerPoint to summarize your main points, provide examples, and provide fodder for exercises. In the case of multimedia, there may be equipment that needs to be assembled. (In the video interview examples, each group was given a video camera and small area to conduct their interview.)

Good materials make a strong impression in training. Handouts and PowerPoint programs should be summaries, lists and examples – not bodies of text. Good exercises require clear, easy to use, relevant material. Poor materials will ruin a training session.


Step 4: Practice

Whenever possible, practice or test a new program. Focus on brevity and clarity in what you plan to say. Check your times and make sure you will be able to complete the program as planned.  Always allow a little time for the unexpected, such as a good discussion or questions that the topic inspires.

A well-planned program presented well will create a strong sense of buy-in among participants.

Here is an example of a training module worksheet:



Written by mroberts8

November 17, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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