The First Step after a Training Event

As I sit here looking up at the Colorado Rockies in the Continental Divide, I am looking back on the last two days training I received on employee retention strategies.  The event was held at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch and it was a stellar location for me.  Of all the areas in the world that I would love to live Colorado tops the list.  Coming a bit early allowed me to enjoy some skiing (hey, I was flying all this way – why not get a little slope time in) at the Winter Park Ski Resort .  I had never been skiing at the Winter Park Resort before and they are beautiful!  All in all, this area of Colorado is minimally commercialized and everyone I met was a gracious and friendly!  Two days of skiing in the fresh mountain air cleared my head and prepared me for a focused two day event. 

I have attended many events in the past, and it is always a challenge to squeeze multiple days worth of content into my head and walk away with the same level of excitement that exists during the training itself.  This was no different, although we were to do some prerequisite reading beforehand that did prepare us for the discussions.  Two full days, 16 hours, hundreds of slides, role playing, group breakouts and attendee presentations – how do you take all of that with you?

One of the attendees talked about how a long journey beginning with a single step.  This is true. 

Probably one of the best pieces of advice I ever got at a training event was that of the hundreds of potential ideas that would be presented – start the event with a place in your notebook to make a list of things that you would revisit at the end of the event for immediate implementation.  I have stuck to that over the years, and find that if I can identify the 2-3 things that will impact my business in the first week back that I have successfully carried the excitement and value of the event beyond the event itself. 

Too often, people attend events and there is such a large amount of information presented that they are not sure where to begin and then they fail to take that first step.  The bottom line here is that you want to take the investment you made in attending the event and recoup that investment as soon as possible.

By making a list of the impact items that you can utilize in the first week, and then more in the first month – you realize the ROI (Return on Investment) you made in attending the event in the first place.  Don’t get stuck by not doing anything, because doing something is better than nothing.  You might just find that after you take that first step, the others just fall in line one after another!

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