Training preparation – the start of a training workflow

The key to a good training is preparation. General rule of thumb says, when preparing a standard training you should spend around 3 hours of preparation for 1 hour of training. And this just covers the average case, while if you are new to a given training topic or the topic is rather complex, the time spent can increase drastically.

But what is considered preparation? The preparation can include communicating to your clients and/or participants, drafting the training outline, arranging the logistics, creating/updating the training materials, etc. If we take the mentioned formula, for a one day training workshop a good preparation would take 2-3 days. Can all these elements of preparation fit in such a short time?

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TrainedOn moved to Tallinn

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We have been quiet for some time, but things are about to change. We recently moved to Tallinn as we got selected for a startup accelerator – Startup Wise Guys. Finally we are in one place and fully dedicated to work on TrainedOn in order to develop a valuable service for the training community.

First two and a half weeks have passed by extremely fast mainly due to so much activities and energy. The greatest value of the accelerator for us is the network it provides. Starting with the mentors and investors that we meet, who guide us with the right questions, pieces of advice and play around with the ideas. Extending from there some of them even deliver training themselves or at least they know the corporate educators. Not only have we been introduced to some of the most prominent trainers in Estonia, we are getting more and more contacts all around the world and this has lead us to quite extensive validation phase of TrainedOn’s potential value for trainers.

Training world is vast and very diverse which means that we can’t cover everything from the start therefore we are working on figuring out the where we can help the trainers the most. Soon, after some more interviews, we will publish a survey to ask you what are your training related practices. So stay tuned and leave us comments.

TrainedOn Team

Welcome to Delivery Matters!

Here you will find stories written by a team of young trainers with a common background in a youth organisation, who are passionate about education and lifelong learning. We are also excited about technology and we always try to see how it can help us in what we do.

Over the years we have tried various tools in preparing our training content. We used mind maps for brainstorming and creating quick outlines, text documents for writing down specific procedures and spreadsheets for training schedules. These tools may be good enough for a specific task, but not for iterating them in an collaborative manner. And training preparation is exactly that, an iterative and collaborative process. From working with our clients, trying to understand their needs, to flipping through our archives in search for a perfect exercise, the process for us was never linear and straightforward.

After gathering input from other professional communities we realised that we are not alone. This is a global need and we want to address it – with TrainedOn™!

Like with training preparation, understanding the needs of the people is important when creating a service such as TrainedOn™. Therefore, we summoned this blog to life in order to strengthen the community and raise a discussion about training, non-formal education, and the technology that supports them.

Our aim for TrainedOn™, in the big picture, is to provide an interactive and fun place for all the parties of the training world. We want to help trainers to focus more on the content and quality of the training they provide. One of our heroes, Sir Ken Robinson, said in his TED talk, “It is education that is meant to take us into this future that we can’t grasp”. Therefore, it’s important for everybody to constantly develop themselves and trainers have a great role in this. We believe that, in the end, delivery is what matters.

Let’s keep delivering!
TrainedOn Team