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Planning the Training ~ 2013-1115


  1. The easiest way to plan your training is to go low tech. Pick 3 different colored sticky notes: one color for theory, one color for activity, and one color for other.
  2. Once all the information is written on the sticky notes, categorize them by must know, need to know, nice to know.
  3. Draw a scheduling matrix listing each of the days of training. Place the post-its or cards on the days starting with must know.
  4. Add times on the scheduling matrix and rearrange your sticky notes using the percentages listed in November 7, 2013 blog; don’t forget lunch breaks, brain breaks, and feedback time.
  5. Remember that learners’ attention spans is around 10 minutes, and learners bodies are not made for sitting; they should be allowed to get up move around every 30 minutes.

When training with teams, match new presenters with veteran trainers and remind them of the following key elements:

  • Report negatives and positives back to the team leader
  • Minor mistakes, gaffes, etc. stay between the team members
  • The team should agree on or accept team decisions on training content and schedules
  • Plan time each day for team feedback (giving it and receiving it)

CITE: Kagan, L. (2007). Dynamic Trainer! San Clemente. CA. Kagan Publishing Company



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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