Adult education principles create effective training

I once worked with a manager who wanted me to adult education-ify an existing three-day training program in a few hours. (Code for take a few days of lectures with the odd activity and make it hands-on with a measurable impact.)

If I could adult education-ify a multi-day training program in a few hours, I would be making millions somewhere. People without education and training in education and training often don’t understand what basic adult eduction principles are or how to apply them.

It’s not their fault. It’s that “oh you’re so good at that ~ you’re a trainer now. Just whip up a PowerPoint” syndrome.

Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to explain what some adult education principles mean to me. Let’s start by assuming that the needs assessment is complete as I’ve already blogged about that a few times:
* Is training necessary?
* Writing effective surveys: 12 important tips
* Are you forgetting someone?

What is the most challenging part of a needs assessment (defining the gaps in the knowledge and skills your audience needs?

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