Finding A Way That Works

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Do you want to learn new things, yet there always seems to be no time to do so?  You cannot go to college at night. The demands of work are far too great to make time during the day. When you don’t have $3,000 to $5,000 to buy into somebodies E-course that will send you a hardwired training that may or may not cover what you really need to know and are trying to learn…

Sounds like I’ve been there and done that? Yep. I was a process engineer. Working at a computer manufacturing plant. I got so frustrated with people on the assembly line not being adequately trained in their jobs due to lack of time. It was so bad that I finally switched to training so I could at least make sure everybody knew what they were doing. Then I found the awful truth.

Management would not give the workers time for the training they needed. So, I had to go out and find ways of teaching by working around a very intense build schedule. This was easier than it looked. Working with a team of three other people, we developed computerized training for every course we had. This allowed workers to train on demand whenever the line was down. If machinery broke, parts did not come in, or there was a major software glitch on the line, the workers could go to the training lab and train until the problem was fixed. This earned me and three other people our six Sigma Greenbelt.

Computerized training is not enough. It does not answer all the questions, and some people can walk away with a misunderstanding of knowledge. To that end, I backed up the training by making sure I was on the shop floor regularly. I could act fast to answer questions, set things straight on the spot, and help with innovations. It worked, and after initiating it, the numbers began to improve.

There is one more thing that I learned that help me very much. I learned how to make a sharp impact to help people while training them on concise timelines. And how the students retain the knowledge was a very simple but very astonishing eye-opener to me.

Because I know that your time is also valuable, rather than writing a more extensive article for you to have to find your way through, I am using the blog this week to break down this training method in hopes it might help you. Each day I will impart a portion of this new training theory. Why it drove me to get my Master’s Degree in adult education and training. And how you could benefit from this.

Please check back each day this week, and I should have a new piece of the How-To-Learn written out for you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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