Keeping your staff up to speed with their basic skills and knowledge of working practices is essential for all organisations.
For larger organisations, it can be hard trying to manage internal training demands, so self-training is often the best way forward.
The challenge is to ensure that staff actually pay attention. One approach is to keep your training materials interesting and engaging.
Video is a great way to liven up standard training materials. You can get a lot of information across in a short space of time, and it makes a change of pace from traditional training methods. Training videos are often expensive to produce, and if they’re delivered on DVD, only a few people at a time can actually benefit from them. With Moviestorm, you can create training videos in-house inexpensively and quickly. Your HR team can then distribute the video around your entire staff quickly using your intranet, even if they’re widely spaced across many different locations. If you operate a multi-lingual organisation, it’s easy to produce the same video in many languages: simply replace the dialog with the dialog for each language (or add subtitles), re-render, and you have a translated video without having to reshoot it completely.
Getting the best from Moviestorm
Moviestorm isn’t ideally suited for explaining how to use specific pieces of equipment or machinery. For that, you’ll probably be better off filming the actual object.
Where Moviestorm excels is explaining processes and procedures, such as how to handle a customer complaint or building evacuation. Moviestorm is well suited for people-based scenarios, so think about how you can meet your training needs by putting it in terms of dramatic situations where you can show the benefit of the new procedure. Short illustrative stories can be very effective.
Ideally, you place your training video alongside other training materials and methods; you may explain a procedure with a standard presentation, and then show a video which illustrates the right and wrong ways to do it. Your audience will then be able to put what they have just learned into context.
Don’t underestimate the value of humor in training! If you can make people laugh, they’ll have more fun training, and will have better recall. It’s no coincidence that some of the most successful training videos featured comedians like John Cleese or Rowan Atkinson. Teaching people by emphasising the pitfalls often works surprisingly well!