With such a wide variety of tools at our fingertips, there are plenty of resources to help with training events. Here are our top 5 tools, that everyone should be using:
The professional body for HR and People Development. CIPD have an exhaustive array of tools to help you with training events, from pre-event preparation through to follow up and evaluation. You can access information to help you complete a training needs analysis, get guidance on how to plan different activities for your training events, learn to create engaging course materials, and develop strategies for increasing motivation and individualised learning.
The resources available have been tried and tested, and should give you everything you need to run successful training events and follow up afterwards. The tools have been developed by HR and training professionals.
Knack is a mobile tool that uses gamification to identify potential for success in your employees. Often used as a recruiting tool, it’s also an excellent way to highlight skills gaps in your workforce. You can measure specific skills and attributes that you have identified as being important for your business. You get useful feedback on what training needs might arise, and your employees get to discover their strengths, develop self awareness, and streamline their careers, all through playing a few mobile games.
Gamification is becoming a particularly popular method of engaging staff. This app has developed a new way of using the technique to identify skills and highlight people’s alignment with specific roles in different organisations. It’s generally easy to get people to complete gamified tasks, due to their design. This is a great way to move away from the old, stuffy image of HR and training.
Moreconference is an online networking service for conferences and events that allows delegates to communicate easily once the event is over. Although often used for large conferences, it’s a great way to keep people talking about your training events and sharing ideas on how they implemented what they learned.
You can keep up engagement, continue to communicate, and foster team relationships that may have been developed or strengthened during the event.
Whova is a mobile event management tool, where you can provide information about your event, track responses to your event invitation, build your agenda, provide logistical details, and more.
You can provide useful information, like directions that use the integrated map system and include details on parking and transport links. You can add links to anything you think is important, and store information offline. The app also lets delegates check-in, like, and comment on different sessions, allowing you to capture vital feedback. Your presentation slides can be uploaded too, giving your participants everything they need all in one place.
More a collection of resources than a tool, as such, Business Balls has an array of useful content that can help you with your event. The site includes templates, samples, diagrams, tools and articles that are designed to help the development of people, businesses and teams.
You can also find free personality and intelligence tests here, which can give extremely useful insights into your staff. Even better, for training events, you can access free learning styles tests, to help you discover how your staff learn best. Applying that information to your planning for any training event can significantly improve how much of your training sinks in.
So tell me, what other tools have you found useful when planning your training event?