• Tips for Organizing Your Next Training Session

    Employee Training Session

    Organizing a training session is a big endeavor, but one that pays off in an increase in employee productivity and engagement. For your training session to be a success, you’ll need to have a plan in place, creating a schedule and cohesive focus that holds the interest of your audience while accomplishing the goals of the session. You’ll also need to choose a venue that supports these goals and supplies the tools you need to succeed.

    • Create a loose schedule with a tight focus. Schedule your events in such a way that there’s plenty of time to accommodate delays, breaks, technical difficulties, Q & A sessions, and collaboration. Keep on track by choosing a narrow topic on which to focus, presented in a way that’s easy to comprehend and digest. Make an agenda that you can give to participants so that they know exactly what to expect.
    • Use a variety of mediums to convey information. Plan different activities for your sessions: not just lectures, but segments that deliver information in a way that appeals to many different learning styles. Incorporate hands-on activities, use the technology at your disposal, and create hand-outs that people can reference during the session. Play to your audience, keep things light and engaging and offer audio-visual, tactile, and written resources. You might also consider varying the way participants work, sometimes grouping them to allow for collaboration.
    • Plan for feedback, engagement, and collaboration. Training sessions are about learning new information and honing skills, but they’re also about teamwork. Leave plenty of room in the schedule to get input from your team, and schedule open time-slots specifically for open discussion. Work in time for testing, too, because knowing what they’re retaining is extremely important to the success of your training session.
    • Consider physical needs as well as intellectual. Give participants generous breaks, to keep their energy from flagging, and don’t forget to feed them. Ideally, choose a venue with catering options, so that food doesn’t have to be your responsibility.
    • Choose a venue that gives you the support you need. The right venue will not only have the space you require, but also the technology that will help you to succeed. Choose a place that’s professional but comfortable, and offers services you’ll need, from catering to tech support.

    You spent a great deal of time and energy planning and organizing your training sessions, so why leave the location to chance? At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we’ve served well-known companies for over 18 years, providing comfortable and functional space in which to hold training sessions. Our conference rooms feature upscale décor with attention to detail, up-to-date technology, supplies, equipment and round-the-clock assistance from staff and tech support. We also provide catering services, because it’s important to us that we keep you and your team comfortable and productive. To learn more about the Houston training center at Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.

  • Benefits of Off-Site Computer Labs

    Computer Labs

    When you’re training employees, sometimes you need facilities and technology that simply aren’t available in your office. Maybe you’ve got a number of employees who are new to the company, and you need to train them all at once. It could be that updates in technology necessitate new training for existing employees, and you simply don’t have the resources onsite to train everyone at once. Whatever your needs may be, there are definite advantages to using off-site computer labs.

    • Concentration is enhanced by a change of scenery. Taking employees out of the office and into a new environment heightens their awareness and increases their focus. If you want to make sure you’ve got their attention, take your employees somewhere they won’t be distracted by the mundane.
    • When you only need technology temporarily, it’s cost-effective to use an off-site computer lab. An investment in technology pays off with repeated use, but if you only need a certain program or piece of equipment for training purposes or another temporary use, it doesn’t make sense to purchase it. Using an off-site computer lab is a solution with a much better return on your investment.
    • Working off-site allows you to access technology you’re considering, without having to purchase it first. Choose a facility with the most technology, and you can get a feel for the products you’re considering, without committing to owning them.
    • Choosing a facility with the right support in place benefits your employees. Training is more effective when you’ve got cutting-edge technology in place and support to help your employees succeed.
    • If space is a problem in your office, working off-site may be the solution. You might need to train employees who typically share space across different shifts, and aren’t in the office at the same time. Knocking out all the training at once is the most efficient way to promote cohesive practices, upgrade skills, ensure across-the-board compliance with regulations, and improve overall understanding of new innovations.
    • Companies with multiple branches may find an off-site computer lab the perfect place for all of their employees to meet, creating a more cohesive training session. Bringing everyone together to learn a new skill not only improves company-wide efficacy, it also boosts morale, sparks healthy competition, and promotes team bonding.

    At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we pride ourselves on the high-quality equipment and exceptional service you’ll find at our training facilities. Our computer labs and other spaces come equipped with internet accessibility, printers and fax machines, Wi-Fi setup, on-site tech support, full projection systems, work stations, white boards, and computers furnished with the most cutting edge technology, to ensure that your training event is a success. Sound proof rooms, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just a few of the other ways we provide the little niceties that make a big difference for your event. To learn more about the computer specifications and other information about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.