How To Incorporate Repetitive Skill Practice In Corporate Training: 5 Effective Ways
Let me share a personal anecdote to begin…
Several years back, I decided to learn to play the guitar. My musical journey lasted a few months before coming to a grinding halt as quickly as it had started.
I felt defeated. No one told me about the bleeding fingers and callouses… or, that as well as learning chords, there were strumming rhythms and riffs to master. But my biggest vendetta was reserved for those that failed to tell me it would be this hard.
On reflection (and in attempt to accept that I’d never be the next Joan Jett), I realized I had overlooked that repetitive practice leads to personal mastery – 10,000 hours of it, according to the theory Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his book, ‘Outliers’. My music misdemeanor had taught me a very important lesson.
So, what has this got to do with corporate training? A lot actually!
Let’s say you have been promoted to a leadership role. Taking your professional development seriously, your organization sends you along to a prestigious three-day leadership course. Back in the office with your training certificate, you don’t feel like a leader; but you think you should! After all, the expensive course told you everything you need to know to lead like a legend.
My guitar playing experience and this corporate training scenario show us that corners just cannot be cut when it skills comes to mastering new skills. Although you can’t upskill your employees overnight, you can ensure the learning process is efficient through delivering training in a way that works with our neurology by incorporating repetitive skill practice opportunities.
Here, I share some tips for delivering your corporate training with focus on repetitive skill practice to get your employees started on their journey towards personal mastery.