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Starting The Journey

All L&D and Training Specialists know the essentials of Instructional Design*, and in my experience, many are better at designing training material than they think they are. As with anything, the challenge is to know where to begin; most people start with the expected outcomes as the starting point.
As any good professor will tell you, where to start something, depends, depends and yes it depends. The beginning of my simplified process flow chart for training material design looks something like this.

Organizational Culture

The design of the material must strongly reflect the leaning culture of the organization. For example, many traditional organizations in Vietnam have a standard class size of 40; the major focus is on testing the information retention of attendees. Obviously, the training needs to be designed in a more rote manner, rather than the modern experimental learning style.
Once there is an honest assessment of the organization, it is time to consider those who will attend the training.
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Audience Assessment

You will need to have an audience assessment checklist, which helps you to identify critical information on the audience.

Method of Learning

The majority of L&D professionals say that for nearly all soft skills training being considered for the future, blended learning be used. The challenge is, to design “conventional “ training material requires design competency and experience, whereas to take the training online requires a whole new skill set; the advice here is take baby steps and succeed.

Expected Outcomes

This is where we turn to our old friend Kirkpatrick, and set our measurable goals and more importantly how to capture the results.
The time has now come to actually commence the design of the training material; I look forward to share with you the final steps in the process during the next article.    

Note: I have chosen to use the term “training material design”, the reason for this is simple, Instructional Design, as the name implies is intended for those who instruct, not those who prepare a person for a learning journey   

Garry Howell

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Most participants agreed that the workshop met their purposes. Up to 95.5 percent agreed they had acquired useful information and the training was worth their time. They also had high opinions of the trainer’s knowledge and enthusiasm. They were impressed with the activities encouraging participants to be creative and think outside the box.....

Australia Awards - Vietnam

In conclusion, this class is very amazing, not only has the practical content, but also the attractive teaching method of Mr. Garry through lots of interactive teamwork activities. Surely, it will be very useful for me in the real work to influence my peers, team members, and managers.

Thuan Le

Frontend Design Department

”The trainer is exceptional. He is very knowledgeable, thus not only addressing the participant’s questions but also providing us with a lot of useful information, insights and advice for which we are truly grateful……”

Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuong

PHD Country Director of VEF Vietnam

In conclusion, I really liked this class. It brought a fresh breeze to the dry climate of a technical environment and I wish it would come at a more regular interval.

Thuan Le

Frontend Design Department

I am inspired by Garry's instruction and sharing to be positive in every case and I will push myself more to be a good leader for my team. Facilitation skill is very motivated, energetic and humorous


Not a bad 3 days of training informative jocked my braw and walked away with more than I came with - Overall the course was at times difficult but not at a level where completion will be unattainable. It has kept me awake and alert. I feel I have benefited greatly from attending this course.

Masan Resources

The content workshop is easy to understand, very useful, has lots of new knowledge, practical for work and training activities, more new knowledge related to setting goals for a specific plan, risk assessment, and contingency plans. I can learn many new tools and methods: SDI, GRIP, ...


The class has many activities, recognizing the need to analyze many goals for a course. There are very good analysis, a new way of thinking and teaching. The coursebook and tools are very helpful.


The teacher is enthusiastic who has many skills, experience and convey the content of the course. The course helped me to better orient myself in communication, change my way of thinking and thinking of life.


I’m a lucky staff from UIC who had the chance to took part in Leadership training course on 27&28 Nov 2020 presented by Mr. Gary and G&H. I have to admire that It was a very helpful course which change my mind and lead me to the better version of myself. I’d like to give my since thankful to G&H and especially to Mr. Gary for the marvelous training course.

Phạm Huy Hoàng


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