Online training has become ever more popular these days. It’s also become a lot easier particularly when you have the rights tools, techniques, systems and focus!
Here are 10 top tips to help you successfully convert your in-person DiSC training sessions to online training sessions.
1. Start with the end in mind!
An important place to start is to identify your end goal for your online training. Reconnect with the purpose and objectives of your training. What are the outcomes you’re looking to achieve? Who is the training for and what do you want your participants to be able to do by the end of the training? What are your learning objectives? This is, of course, always the first step when designing any training session and is just as essential when designing and delivering online training. With your mind on the end goal during your design, planning, and delivery, you will much more successfully achieve your desired outcomes.
2. What online platform?
Consider what online platform you are going to use for the training. There are a few to choose from out there and one that is very popular (as I write) is ZOOM. Do your research to ensure that the one you choose is able to do what you need it to do. Consider which platform has easy to use features such as straightforward registration, recordable sessions, breakout rooms for group work, easy slide and screen share, participant chat facilities, whiteboards, participant polls, really easy accessibility for your participants and WiFi and internet stability.
3. Know the technology inside out
Get yourself REALLY up to speed with whatever technology you choose! Practice using ALL of the features available several times before the training so that you know and understand it all inside out. It’s so important that you feel confident using the platform and that the whole thing appears easy and effortless from the participants’ point of view.
4. Prepare your participants
Your training will go more much smoothly when you prepare your participants well. We would suggest that you email them all before your training to give them tips as to how to they can make the best use of the technology. Your pre-course email could suggest that they consider the best environment/room/chair for them to minimise distractions and enhance their comfort, visibility and internet connectivity. You could suggest that they consider which of their devices they’re going to use. In this email, you could explain which platform you will be using for the training and what your participants will need to do to access it easily. If you plan to record all or any aspect of the training for any reason, you can ensure you have everyone’s permission for this at the outset.
5. Be prepared!
Make sure that you have every participant email and phone number before the training so that if you lose them during any part of the training you can make contact immediately. Sounds like a simple point but it’s always best to be prepared!
6. Design the structure and content
Start building your training course structure and training course content. You may already have one of the Everything DiSC training facilitation kits. Review your ‘offline’ session plan if you have one and start to consider how well this structure could ‘translate’ to an online virtual setting. Evaluate what you will need to change. Consider: does the content need to be broken into smaller chunks turning a one day ‘in-person training’ into several modules delivered over several days; do you need to assign exercises for participants before the online session or sessions either on their own or in small groups; what training exercises will you need to use and when will you build in group work and breakout sessions? If you’re using Everything DiSC profiles as part of your training think about how you will share the profiles. Will participants be sent their profiles before the online training session or will you have the profiles ready to email out to participants during the training. (The latter is my preferred way!)
7. Create your PowerPoints
Start building your PowerPoint slides. With online training, every PowerPoint slide needs to be engaging and informative. Make them visually appealing, simple and relevant. Make every PowerPoint count!
8. Vary your content
Ensure that your content is varied so that you keep levels of engagement high. With online training, you may need to build in more breaks, exercises, polls, tests, and quizzes to keep your participants fully engaged. Make sure you build in plenty of thought-provoking questions to be answered individually or by groups in breakout rooms.
9. Online housekeeping
At the start of your training, remind your participants about the technology e.g. the chat box, interactive features such as hand raise, when to switch from gallery view to presenter view so that they can all see you as the presenter on the full screen and then keep reminding them about these features as you go through the training.
10. Interactive and Engaging delivery
Remember, it’s so important to fully engage your audience right from the very start of the training as well as throughout the training programme. Whatever your own DiSC style, you will need to keep your own energy levels and enthusiasm levels high! Remember to address each participant by name so that everyone feels included and very much part of this training event.
If you would like to explore further how you can ensure your online trainings are professional, effective, engaging and enjoyable, please join our free, one-hour webinar taking place on June 1st at 12 noon