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5 Tips for Powerful Training Materials

February 2, 2017

1: Create a best-practices notebook

As you and/or your co-workers have a background and history on your subject, your training manual doesn’t just pop into your head. You may have worked with a team — perhaps over a long period of time — to consider the best ways of accomplishing the process and to determine the best process for achieving your training topic.

Whether the process is long or short, old or new, create a OneNote (or similar) notebook to store the best practices you want to use as the basis for your training. Set the notebook up as a shared notebook so that all the folks on your team can add their own thoughts and suggestions as you're consolidating the content.


2: Build your training on approved processes

Once you've reached some kind of consensus on the best practices you want to use, you can build a presentation from the content in your notebook. PowerPoint  enables you to open your notebook alongside the developing presentation. You'll get to choose which notebook — and even which section within the notebook — to open. You can then copy and paste the content, use the resources you've gathered, or simply use the notes as prompts to create the slides for the training.


3: Create handouts

After you bring your best practice content into the PowerPoint presentation, you can use that presentation to create handouts for your trainees. PowerPoint includes the Create Handouts in the Save & Send tab, which enables you to choose several formats for the final Word document


4: Assemble your training manual

With the handouts from your presentation saved in Word format, you can add a cover page, a table of contents, an introduction, and any necessary content to set up the various procedures for the best practice you're documenting. If you are planning to include several scenarios in one manual, create sections to accommodate each practice. You can also create divider pages or add tabs to separate sections so that trainees can find what they need easily. Determine which binding option will fit your needs as there are tons of options. Choose saddle stitch for cost efficiency, coil or wire binding so that the document lays flat, or maybe a binder to protect it for a rough environment and shipping. Once you finalize your training documents, you can post them online or burn them to a USB drive or CD.


5: Send it to Print-DFW for production!

We can handle all of your printing and distribution needs including Binders, CD’s, USB Drives, tabs and more!



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