How to inspire learners to take action

To inspire learners, consider what’s most likely to stop them and try to take away that objection or hesitation.

Here are a few options:

  1. Feeling overwhelmed

Perhaps you’ve shared so many tips that your reader feels overwhelmed.  They don’t know where to start.  In this case you need to get them to take the first step. You make your teaching as concrete and specific as possible.

2. Too much effort

Maybe your learner thinks it’s too much effort to implement your training in their environment.  Maybe fear that workmates will be disparaging when they try new ideas in their workplace.  So, give them tools to explain the benefits of your teachings.

3. Lack of confidence

Your learner might think they can’t do it.  They lack confidence.  In this case, you may want to include a little pep talk and tell them they can do it.

If you think this sounds like psychology, well … it is.

As an apprentice trainer, I used to think I would share useful learning and that would be enough.  But if you don’t inspire your learners to implement your advice and if you don’t take away the hurdles stopping them from moving forward, then your training is pretty useless.

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