- Commission on Alcohol Harm calls for evidence
- Two years on Are annual functions reports reaching their potential?
- We need to do more to protect our children and young people
- Alcohol related hospital admissions for 2018 to 2019
- Hitting the right note in training
- Minimum unit pricing update
- Scottish primary children call for action on alcohol
- New Alcohol Deaths Prevention Support Now Available from AFS
- Its time to tell us whats in our drinks
- A home for Rory
- Making a bad impression - blog post
- Alcohol sales and MUP
- Alcohol-specific deaths 2018
- Five tips for upping the engagement factor
- Alcohol marketing and children debate in the Scottish Parliament
- Lowest alcohol sales in 25 years
- Research into fall in violence
- The Children's Parliament investigates an alcohol-free childhood
- Five tips for training delivery nerves
- Minimum unit pricing one year on
- More about sales data
- A family of resources it is all about prevention, education and resilience
- AFS publish Review of Licensing Board Annual Functions Reports 2017-2018
- Marketing unmasked dispelling the myths and taking a stand
- No place for alcohol marketing in sport
- Five pitfalls to avoid in evaluating training
- Scotland publishes first UK guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
- The Alcohol Framework 2018 Preventing Harm
- Scotlands new drug and alcohol strategy launched
- AFS welcome new alcohol strategy
- Recent reporting on alcohol sales data
- Cross-Party Group Improving Scotland's health: 2021 and beyond October 2018
- Diageo is failing to provide latest guidelines on their products
- Drinks companies keeping consumers in dark about risky drinking
- Reducing alcohol consumption can address health inequalities
- Alcohol-specific deaths remain at very high levels
- Oh Lila goes digital
- Global first alcohol policy set to save hundreds of Scots' lives
- AFS welcomes minimum unit pricing for alcohol
- Walker's crisp ad exposes children to alcohol marketing
- Truer picture of alcohol harm revealed
- Focus on link between alcohol and obesity
- Alcohol causes 3,700 deaths in Scotland every year
- Last Christmas for heavily discounted alcohol
- Scotland's licensing system needs clearer direction
- Minimum pricing blog
- Minimum pricing gets green light
- Reflections on GAPC 2017
- Alcohol brands and young people
- Time for honest conversations about alcohol
- Q&A on alcohol marketing
- UK children anxious about parents' drinking
- Quarter of Scots drink above guidelines
- Alcohol producers failing to inform public
- Concern over alcohol-related deaths
- We need to make it easier for people to drink less
- Worrying rise in alcohol-related deaths
- Minimum pricing will save lives
- Pocket money prices for alcohol continue
- Scotland's alcohol problem laid bare
- Cheap alcohol is costing Scotland dear
- One drink a day can increase breast cancer risk
- Poverty linked to increased harm from alcohol
- What next for reducing alcohol harm in Scotland?
- Scotland must do more to turn tide of alcohol harm
- Concern as funding for alcohol services cut
- Budget: No change in alcohol duty
- Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing
- Consumers have the right to know health risks
- Chancellor urged to tackle cheap, strong cider in Budget
- Online help for families affected by alcohol
- Alcohol-free childhood is healthiest option
- SWA granted leave to appeal minimum pricing
- Drink drive warning
- Scottish Greens call for action on alcohol marketing
- Scottish Government receives European alcohol award
- SWA will appeal to UK Supreme Court
- Half of alcohol being sold under 50p per unit
- SWA urged to respect minimum pricing decision
- Alcohol and mental health are closely linked
- Minimum pricing can be implemented in Scotland
- Alcohol sold at pocket money prices
- Scotland has so much to gain from reducing how much we drink
- AFS welcomes revised alcohol consumption guidelines
- Emergency services face shocking levels of alcohol abuse
- Every child has the right to grow up safe from alcohol harm
- Public health must prevail over big business
- New toolkit to help children affected by family alcohol problems
- Price check reveals cheap cost of strong alcohol
- Sales increase underlines need for minimum pricing
- Time to kick alcohol out of sport
- Alcohol linked with stomach cancer
- AFS calls for compulsory health warnings on alcoholic drinks
- Are supermarkets 'responsible retailers' when it comes to alcohol?
- Scottish health charities call for excise duty rise to tackle cheap alcohol
- Alcohol campaigners unite to call for stronger protection from alcohol advertising to children
- New resource for people concerned about alcohol in their community
- Minimum pricing decision delayed until summer
- No completely 'safe' level of drinking
- New alcohol guidelines published
- Minimum pricing - European court ruling
- Alcohol fuels ambulance assaults
- 82% of Scots agree drink driving is unacceptable
- Scotland's alcohol strategy - what next?
- Scotland leads way in evidence-based alcohol policy
- New report reveals impact of alcohol on emergency services
- Alcohol: a global concern
Five tips for upping the engagement factor
This month Brian, senior learning and development coordinator, blogs about how to keep trainees engaged.
New research published at the end of June by the City & Guilds Group revealed that UK employees feel bored and disinterested when it comes to workplace learning and are calling out for a more engaging, accessible and targeted development experience.
The article got me thinking about some of the tactics I’ve used to keep learners interested.
A lot of organisations still stick to the tried and trusted half-day and full day courses but L&D has moved on so far now. We have e-learning, gamification, virtual reality, micro-learning (training delivered in short bursts e.g. 30min team meeting activity; Lunch and Learn; Breakfast Brief), 70:20:10, blended approaches (combines traditional face-to-face training with online learning resources e.g. 1hr e-learning and 3hrs class based training; 2hrs online research and 2hrs class based training) and so much more. New and innovative approaches to learning can help to engage your learners – particularly if it helps them make efficient use of their time.
Know your audience
Now this can be difficult if you’ve hundreds to train but at the very least, try to understand what the individuals are trying to achieve and what they need to get there. The more we can demonstrate the relevance and value of the learning, the more engaged the individual is likely to be.
Bin the slides
PowerPoint is a great application. You can whip up some really nice, professional looking presentations. But if it is all up there on the screen, why should the learner listen to you when they can read it all for themselves? I can remember attending a full day course that was all PowerPoint and worse still, all the slides were numbered. By the time we got to around 199, we were ready for a blanket and a pillow.
Sometimes you need to share complicated information but try to think of different approaches to doing it. I was delivering sessions on Change Management and wanted to talk participants through Leavitt’s Diamond. Rather than pop it up on a slide, I got the participants to physically make the diamond with some rope and post-its. It got them out their seats and allowed us to explore the model in ways a slide wouldn’t have allowed.
Tap into people’s curiosity
This was a tip I picked up from the excellent Scott Leiper, The Learning Lab. Curiosity can be really powerful in training. From unusual props in the training room to teaser posters and social media ahead of the event like the one below to unusual activities like using Nerf guns in a train the trainer session – all risk assessed of course. Using curiosity can help create an interest and a desire to engage with your training and people massing at the door to get on to your session is ultimately what you want.
Now I may be biased because I am a massive fan but those little bricks have so many uses in bringing training alive. I’ve used them in sessions for building models of the organisation and a variety of competitive activities around a range of content.
Check out Lego Serious Play or google: Lego Serious Play and you’ll get the idea.
Bonus tip: Evaluate. Evaluate. Evaluate.
While you're here, we would also like to ask you some questions about Alcohol Focus Scotland's training opportunities. The questions should only take a minute to answer.