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Delivering Training Material in a Practical Way

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 78 Issue: 2 Dated: February 2009 Pages: 21-24
Thomas L. Golden M.Ed.; Paul E. Seehafer M.S.
Date Published
February 2009
4 pages
This article examines how law enforcement instructors who incorporate effective delivery methods in the classroom help officers become ready to fulfill their duties.
To provide and to accomplish effective training delivered to members of the law enforcement community, instructors must ensure that the delivery environment is three-dimensional: (1) they must have a thorough and current knowledge of the topic to ensure credibility; (2) they must continually hone their instructional delivery methods; and (3) they must assess attendee retention of delivered material. To maximize the learning process, the information should be combined both visually and audibly recognizing the three types of learner: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. There are several proven methods to achieve effective presentation skills which include: know the room, audience, and material; relax and turn nervousness into positive energy; visualize themselves giving the speech; realize that attendees want them to succeed; avoid apologizing; concentrate on the message; and gain experience. By using these renowned methods and adding practical applications, videos, and other aides, instructors can capture the three characteristics of learners. With the wide array of students’ backgrounds affecting comprehension levels, instructors should determine which delivery method to use based on various factors. 5 endnotes