6 Things to Consider While Planning Your Next Corporate Training Event

Stay on top of the latest Corporate Training trends in 2019. Category is: we’re all kids-at-heart. 

1. Optimize Your Time

Efficiency is key. Maybe it’s our dwindling attention spans or maybe we just know more about the science of learning than ever before. Either way, research shows that educating your team in focused bursts spread throughout the year, as opposed to one or two lengthy trainings, is the way to go.

If you don’t have the luxury of time, you can still make your training feel like focused bursts with small breakout discussions, interactive panels, and an appropriate amount of breaks.

While we agree that it’s important for your employees to understand the “big picture” of your company, maybe marketing doesn’t need to sit through a day-long lecture on the tools of development. Instead, opt for team-specific education that culminates in cross-team education where teams summarize what they’ve been working on.

2. Utilize Digital Tools

There are plenty of digital tools on the market to help you and your team learn while staying engaged. Utilizing all of the tools at your disposal will make sure that your team is getting the most out of your training—and allow training to happen both on and off-site.

For what it’s worth, our research shows that these apps and online learning platforms are some of the best on the market:

Skill Pill
Yammer (by Microsoft)

3. Make It Interactive

Engagement isn’t just for your Instagram. Keep your employees entertained while they learn with the modern trend of gamification. Many organizations are already capitalizing on quality doses of healthy competition and the “addictive” nature of the gaming industry to make corporate learning more engaging and accessible—so make sure you’re not getting left in the dust.

Bonus: training games that include competition, rewards, and feedback are more likely to keep employees coming back for more—and maybe even looking forward to the next training.

4. Research the Science of Learning

It’s true. The leading training organizations are delving into neuroscience to develop the most effective training programs. Companies that want to get the most from their training budgets are returning to the scientifically backed concepts of learning decay, boost learning, and experiential learning. Employing the training techniques that were developed to deliver the highest retention and application rates maximizes your training investment and increases the likelihood that new skills will be applied on the job.

Science, man. Much like Global Warming and the decay of the MTA, it’s very real—so why not use it to your advantage?

5. Motivate Skill-Retention With Rewards

Rather than delivering the same training content over and over, try designing programs meant for particular roles and skill levels. Then motivate your employees’ by offering incentives for real, measurable impact of those skills within your business.

At the end of the day, we’re more likely to behave well if there’s a chance we’re getting ice-cream after dinner.

6. Find the Right Space

Don’t just hold your training event anywhere. If you’re taking your team off-site for the day, make it feel special. You’re taking them on a field-trip—but are you bringing them to the equivalent of the Town Library or are you bringing them to Six Flags?

There are so many gorgeous spaces in New York City (we’re partial to Town Stages) and around the country that are perfect for your next training event, so do your research, and wow your employees with the right space. If you invest in your employees, they’ll be more likely to invest in you. Right, Alexa?


Town Stages is an event space in Tribeca with a mission to support under-valued and under-represented voices in the arts. Click here to learn more about the space or to book a tour.

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