Integration of Adult Learning into Training

Andragogy. Most likely, it’s not what you think. Malcolm Knowles made the phrase well-known in the late 1960s. This phrase was used by Malcolm Knowles to describe one of his six adult learning presumptions.


Compared to youngsters, adults learn differently. Children can be taught in a systematic, linear way. Schools are possible because of this. The likelihood that every child will complete a similar program and graduate with a respectable education is high.


However, people don’t learn that way, so it’s crucial for dealerships to understand how adults learn. You can improve the likelihood that the learning will stick if you can develop a training program that makes use of these adult learning concepts.


Let’s talk about each of Knowles’ ideas and how crucial coaching is to the training procedure.


Adults should be aware. Adults are curious as to the significance of the training because they have a plethora of expertise. You must describe the need for the training and how it will benefit them.


Foundation: Because of their wealth of information, your teaching must expand on what they already know.


Self-concept: Another way to describe being self-directed. Adults must be in charge of their own education. They will perceive the training as “their choice” rather than something that was forced down their throat if it is self-directed. When “certifying” someone on a process, you can get away with a prescribed learning path, but once the person has a working knowledge of it, they must be in charge of their own education.


Adults learn best when they are ready for the information. They will be more likely to pay attention and put the training into practice if the training topic is connected to something they are working on or that they need to improve in order to be more successful.


Orientation: When training is problem-related, adults learn more effectively. As was already mentioned, adults have a plethora of experience and can use their education to find a solution. They will look for training if they can identify a weakness.


Motivation: Internal factors have a greater influence than external ones. Adults prefer to learn when they are motivated rather than when it is required of them.


Consider the last time you wanted to master a new skill. Perhaps you needed to prepare a brisket, change a fuel system, or make an Illustrator clipping mask. You probably conducted online research on the subject and watched several YouTube how-to videos. There’s a reason “how to” is the first word in so many search terms.


We learn this way. We made the decision that we wanted to gain knowledge. We read or saw stuff that was contextually and historically appropriate. After that, we used what we had learned to tackle an issue in the real world.


What does this have to do with training for dealerships? The following advice will help you make the most of your training.


Set goals for employee performance. Spend some time defining success. You can utilize this as one of your quotas, for instance, if a BDC representative is required to set 50% of appointments on inbound phone calls. In each job role, identify five to seven quotas, and give them measurements precisely like we did for the appointment set percentage.


In your quotas, ask the employee for their actual numbers. Every month, at the start, compare actual measurements to predetermined standards in important areas. Compare, for instance, their actual number to the benchmark appointment percentage. For each of the quotas you set above, finish this activity. There will be some trends that emerge.


Observe a victory. Find a quota where the person is excelling, and comment on it. Give the service adviser a high-five if they are crushing their hours per RO. It’s vital to recognize accomplishments.


What does the employee wish to work on? Consider the scenario where one of your salespeople’s quotas is the demo percentage. The salesman demoed to 67% of their clients the month prior, and you have determined that you want them to demo to 80% of their clients. The salesperson realized that raising their demo% would enable them to close more automobile sales. Inquire with the employee about how they plan to raise the demo% to find out why it is low. Just to be clear, “try harder” is not a strategy. Ask them to recommend some specific steps they can take.


Give instruction. You now have a worker who is clear about what they want to accomplish! What they need to learn has been decided. You can offer them tasks to accomplish in order to put their training into practice and assign them certain videos to watch. Performance will increase, and your staff members will be more invested in their personal growth. They will approach you with particular areas they wish to address after a few months.


Our time is precious. We must utilize it to the fullest. We will need to strengthen the fundamentals of each procedure that employees carry out as the market returns to normal. Making sure your training is effective by using this approach is a terrific idea. Make your training more effective by incorporating adult learning principles.

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