It depends.

If most of the team are working from home, online training might be a good choice, but it will depend on the topic.

Online is a compromise, but works well if you want your team to hear some new ideas, to have the chance to talk with someone experienced in the topic and begin to develop a skill.

It's a compromise because it's not practical for trainers to give your team as much individual feedback and joining a group online isn't as motivating as being in the same room.

From our list, these topics are most suitable for online learning...

Resilience and well-being

Presentation skills (including online presentations on say Zoom or Skype)

Customer service

Leading people who work from home

Media interviews

Productive conversations (No link to a separate page, but we would be drawing on ideas we've been teaching for many years.)

Staying productive while working remotely (Ditto)

Questions you might ask

Would it be a workshop or just a seminar?

A workshop. We wouldn't suggest a topic if we couldn't include activities, discussion and feedback. Just listening is not effective learning.

How long should online training be?

We recommend no more than an hour per session. (It's the limit of most people's concentration online.) The topics in the list are suitable for three to four-hour workshops, so allow for sessions over different days - preferably not more than a week apart.

Would it cost less?

Possibly. You would have no travel or accommodation costs so staff could attend online from anywhere in New Zealand or overseas, with only the training fee to pay.

What topics would not be suitable for online training?

We don't recommend on-line training for skill-based topics. For those topics, regular individual feedback is vital. We need to be in the same room picking up on subtle cues as each trainee develops skills in-depth. Examples? Investigative interviewing, negotiation skills, training for trainers, media crisis simulation.

Not sure what to do next?

Give us a call. We'll put you in touch with a trainer, not a salesperson. If the topic you have in mind is not suitable for online training, we'll be the first to say so.

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