Part 3: How to get the most out of your face2face training in 2017

How can we best apply or learning to the workplace?

Now that the SRA Competency learning and development provide a whole range of methods to increase your competency – how do you know if face2face training is for you?

Part 1 of this blog series provided you with 7 tips for assessing whether the training event was worth your
time and money
by meeting your requirements. Part 2 was about maximising your learning whilst there.

This blog is about how to turn your learning into ‘wisdom’ by applying the tools and techniques you have learnt.

6 tips for releasing your brilliance when you get back to the office:

1. If you didn’t get a chance to review your learning and takeaways then make it a point to do soon after the session. If you did not meet your learning goals then this should be noted for future evaluation of training events/conferences. Document your learning/insights/top takeaways and next steps in your learning record. If you still require a template see the SRA example. 

2. Examine your learning and development plan. Does this need to be expanded to encompass new action points? See the SRA example template should you not have one. 

3. Let your manager know what you got out of the training and the targets you have set for yourself. Learning and development goals are ‘live’ not set in stone so allow them to evolve. Keep your manager informed particularly if you need their support in removing any obstacles. Do you need coaching/mentoring from others in the firm or from an external source to help you release your brilliance? Find out more.

4. Where appropriate, share what you have learned with your colleagues/partners at the next team/departmental/partners meeting. You may want to discuss how you would benefit from tailored group events to ensure consistency of approach. For example, using short trainings or master classes. At Yorkshire Courses for Lawyers, we offer lunchtime masterclasses that can be run at your own offices. Find out more. 

5. As Aristotle said ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.’ New habits take time to perfect. Ensure that you practice what you have learnt.

6. Always follow up on any promises to contact people (clients, potential clients or peers) that you met at the event. Again let you manager/peers know of any opportunities you have spotted or market intelligence you have gathered at the event.

This is the last article in a 3-part blog series.  (Missed the first two? Find them here: Part 1  Part 2)

I hope you have found them to be a useful resource for evaluating and maximising your training plan for 2017.

If you would like any additional support, you can call Ann on 07921540039 or get in touch

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