When deciding to host an in-house workshop, besides the actual prepping of the room itself, one of the most important things to remember is to inform all the delegates and the trainer of exactly where (i.e. in what room or building) the training will be.
Once this information is out there you can move on to prepping the training room.
1. Seating arrangements
You will need to ensure that there are enough tables and chairs for all the delegates (plus one for the trainer), and if possible arrange these in a U-shape. Alternatively you can arrange these in a school-classroom fashion, i.e. in pairs. Make sure that there is enough room for the delegates to move around without falling over or disrupting their colleagues.
2. Projector and whiteboard
Trainers will often make use of visual presentations when conducting their training, so be sure to have a projector available. Trainers will also need a whiteboard/flipchart for making notes and illustrations.
If you do not have access to these the trainer can usually bring them with, but be sure to make this arrangement with the training provider well in advance of the workshop.
3. House rules
It is important to establish some rules prior to the training, such as:
Cellphones switched off
When the training is at your premises is it up to your employees to ensure that they have pens, pencils, writing paper, and if requested by the training provider, laptops available during the workshop.
Other things you may want to think about with regards to in-house training are:
Refreshments, i.e. water on the tables, mints/sweets, tea and coffee.
Informing the trainer of where parking will be available.
And what else?
- Ensure follow-up and behaviour change after the training