Course design 1: Introduction

One of the core skills for any independent trainer is course design. That’s why one of the first resources I’m publishing as part of my giveaway is this little series.

In fairness this was always available for free on so it’s not really part of the ‘Giveaway’ as such. But I think it’s so important for any would be trainers to know this stuff that it just had to be included here. I’ve scheduled it as a series of posts on consecutive Monday mornings. We will cover…

  1. Introduction
  2. The 6P rule
  3. Know your client
  4. Know your audience
  5. Tell ‘em what they need to know – not what you know
  6. Do you want to inform, discuss, develop or what?
  7. A few major points and supporting info/exercises
  8. A theme runs through it
  9. Schema (build on what they know)
  10. Learning styles
  11. Planning
  12. Write handout titles and trainers notes first
  13. Take the time to tell the tale
  14. Power point – the kiss of death
  15. Don’t milk it


2 thoughts on “Course design 1: Introduction

  1. thanks Stuart

    agree its about time we had a movement to ditch powerpoint – my view is its a presentation tool not a training tool and the 2 things are not the same at all!!!!


    1. Indeed. In many cases it has become a crutch that takes the place of a trainer’s memory. It’s a brilliant way to send participants to sleep though.


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