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How to Get the Most From Your Project Management Training

Today’s organisations are under great pressure to provide increasingly higher levels of quality, value and service. This means that their employees need to learn new skills, and good training is what builds those skills best.

A Project managers’ job experience alone doesn’t cut it anymore. More and more project personnel are required to gain certification to back up their experience and enhance their skills and knowledge.
The good news for you and your organisation is that training works! Good training enables employees to be more effective under changing, increasingly challenging conditions.

In order to get the maximum personal payoff from your training, two conditions must apply:
  1. The facilitator needs to be competent and use sound resources and materials.
  2. You need to invest yourself heavily in your own training.

The second of these conditions is arguably the most important. An unmotivated individual will not learn from even the world’s best training course. A motivated person will learn a great deal even from a below average training course.

In order to get the most from your Project management training course, we recommend the following actions:

Before your course:
  • Find out all you can about the training course. What are the objectives and what is expected of you – Speak to others who have completed the course, so that you attend the course fully prepared.
  • Complete any pre course work thoroughly. Think about what will be covered and consider whether you need to do any preparatory reading beforehand.
  • Ensure that you normal workload is in order before you attend your course. Training takes concentration so ensure that you have managed your time so that you can focus fully.

During the course:
  • Get actively involved. Get to know the other delegates on your course. They are a rich source of learning and support for you.
  • Help create a constructive learning atmosphere. Your behaviour influences the tone and quality of what you and others accomplish on the course. Be active – ask questions if something is not clear. Listen actively to others – allow all delegates to be involved in discussions. Be positive – after all – negativity breeds negativity.
  • Be open to new ideas and theories – you may well find that they work better for you in your day to day work.
  • Build a solid plan for back on the job implementation – Your learning should not stop the minute you leave the training room. From that point on, you need to actively reinforce and embed what you’ve learnt. So, on the way home review your notes, and write down a plan for implementing what you’ve learnt to discuss with your manager on your return.

After the course:
  • Implement your plan – stay focused on new material/skills learnt and implement straight away. Take small steps – a little at a time but be sure to stick to it.
  • Be willing to break old habits – if you were willing to be open during your course to new ideas and theories, this should come easily and naturally.
  • Follow up – as stated previously do not slam the door on learning the minute your course has ended. Take a close look at what you have done differently and remember you can always re-read your training course material to refresh.

Maximise the return on your training investment. Keep bringing the training back to your day to day life.