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How to Create Training Workshops for Employees

Emily Mason
Writer, Learning and Development

Training workshops offer hands-on learning experiences, fostering active participation, skill development, and immediate application in real-world scenarios.

Choosing an LMS

When it’s time to hit ‘send’ on the invitations to a new training workshop, how do you want participants to feel? 

Excited? Antennae up in anticipation? Eager to spread the word? 

Employee training workshops don’t always get that type of buzz. But with a fresh focus on design and preparation, your workshops will engage your learners and share content that sticks. 

Ready to create better training workshops? This article will walk you through the foundation of a great training workshop, steps to create your own, and our best tips along the way.

Ensure a valuable training workshop experience for all participants by following these steps:

1. Define the purpose and goals 

Ask questions like:

  • What do I want participants to learn or do after this workshop? 
  • Will any parts of the workshop involve hands-on participation?
  • Will we be focusing on skill development, professional development, project planning, or something else?

Draw on the outcomes of performance reviews and training needs analysis to determine what content will be the most valuable for your learners. 

Be sure your goal for the workshop is specific and realistic, and break that down into smaller learning objectives. These objectives are more targeted than a broad learning goal. You can use the objectives like a checklist to make sure your workshop covers everything you want your learners to understand after the session. 

2. Choose your delivery method

Establishing the purpose and objectives of your workshop will help you choose the right delivery methods. Critically, you’ll be able to decide whether in-person or VILT (Virtual Instructor Led Training) is a better choice for your workshop. Consider who is going to be the workshop facilitator, and where their strengths lie in delivery and teaching style.

With an LMS to centralize and administer your training, running a virtual training workshop is simple. You can track user attendance, automatically create calendar invites for attendees, and collect feedback. If your LMS has key integrations with tools like Zoom, then a big chunk of admin work will be taken care of with a few clicks!

3. Select content and make an outline 

Use your training objectives for the workshop to help you prioritize what content needs to be shared. Put that content into a clear sequence, make note of any training materials you’ll need, and estimate the time that each section will take to complete. 

As you’re planning your workshop, allow for breaks, prioritize microlearning principles, and use a mix of media formats to share information. For example, add videos, infographics, and breakout sessions to break up your slideshow presentation. All of these are proven ways to boost engagement, target different learning styles, and offer interactive training. 

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4. Design training assessments 

Decide how you’ll assess your participants or gauge understanding. This can be done during the workshop, at the end, or in the next few days afterwards. Again, if you have an LMS to deliver employee training, creating an assessment for your learners is a simple process you can easily grade and track. 

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5. Invite learners and launch your workshop 

Now it’s time to put your plan into action. Identify your group of learners and invite them to the workshop. Send out any pre-session reading, workshop schedule, or training materials ahead of time, as well as the link to join if it’s a virtual session. 

During your workshop, keep an eye on the pace and take the reins to adjust as needed – whether that’s shortening a section, taking live questions, giving additional time for collaboration, or omitting something altogether.

6. Follow up with learners post training

Share any recordings of the workshop with your learners. Remind your participants of relevant deadlines, follow-up assessments, and take further questions. Incorporate any feedback from learners into your updates of the workshop material and outline for future use.

Running great Workshops in Continu

Continu is the modern learning platform that will transform the way to train your teams.

Continu can help you streamline and improve the way you create and host training workshops. 

  • Within Continu, you can create an in-person or virtual workshop. 
  • With Zoom, MS Teams, and Google Meet integrations, you can automatically invite learners, remind them of the details, and track attendance. 
  • You can easily link assessments and send follow-up materials.
  • Continu offers single and multi-session Workshops as well, if you’re creating a sequence of material that is best suited for several Workshops.

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About the Author
Emily Mason is the Content Writer at Continu.
Emily Mason
Writer, Learning and Development

Emily is a copywriter and content marketer specializing in Learning and Development. Emily is currently based in West Michigan. She loves words, coffee, and walking by the lake.

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