We have talked about the concept of your 4MAT training design before in the blog. Recently in a train the trainer workshop, I was having a chat with a new-to-4MAT trainer who had some questions about how to get started in defining your concept. Here’s a quick video I created on defining your concept:
Remember, effective training concepts are:
Core, essential ideas.
Form bridges that link the learner’s experiences to the content.
Have immediate relevance for the learners.
Establish relationships between topics.
Act as a thread that weaves all the content together
The 4MAT online train the trainer course is an easy way to learn how to apply our 8 step design model. We invest a great deal of time on this critical part of the design process. As one of our recent training participants shared, “When you nail the concept, you immediately create a “wow” factor.”
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In the Mastering Training Design program, we explore the differences in how learners process information. When we “watch”, we make sense of new information through reflection. We ponder the meaning and listen to our inner voice. When we “do”, we make sense of new information through action. We take action and move out into the real world. Some of us prefer to linger in watching and some of us prefer to move quickly to doing.
The trainer’s role is to guide the learner through this movement from inner reflection to outward action. The 4MAT model outlines specific steps that address what the trainer does and what the learner does to create this movement.
Here’s a quick 4MAT video I created in response to questions our last group of trainers posed about how to address watching and doing in training design: