Training topics can be delivered in different formats, short, long, face-to-face or remote.
Consider what you want to achieve, balance the needs, time with availability, cost with desired outcome.
The most widely used format, ideal for skills development in groups of up to 20 people. Depending on the content smaller groups are sometimes recommended. Workshops are highly interactive involving lecture, visual aids, groupwork, exercises and discussion. Fully supported with 12-20 page course handout, a copy of the visuals aids, and reading list with email follow up as required.
The seminar format is ideal for larger groups of 20 t0 250. This format allows for a lot of material to delivered quickly. I earned my colours on the lecture circuit in the UK and abroad, so I am familiar with the format and entirely at home in the large group of setting. I became known for my engaging seminars, the deft use of humour combined with delivery of the key point of the topic being covered in a way that enabled people to stay interested and alert throughout the day.
Masterclasses are themed workshops, designed to develop ideas or expand on experience, which provide an opportunity for professional development or supervision. A masterclass is the ideal opportunity for a team or group to come together in a facilitated setting, where the rich interplay of ideas between presenter and delegates produces some stunning ideas and surprising insights.
Lunch ‘n’ Learn
The ideal format for covering the key points quickly with minimum disruption to staffing levels. As the name suggests a lunchtime learning session is scheduled during the midday break. Some employers prefer not to deprive staff of their lunchtime, and run the sessions at different times during the day. Either way, this is a great way to introduce new concepts or brush up on exiting knowledge.
The Web-based seminar is a relatively new concept. It is a presentation or workshop delivered over the Web, allowing individuals to participate from their desks. A Webinar is fully interactive so while watching the presentation on screen and hearing the lecture, attendees can ask questions and enter into discussion with the lecturer. Sessions typically last 30 to 60 minutes, and supported by course notes and other reading just like more conventional training.