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Many employees come to training sessions with too much on their minds to actually pay attention. To help them focus and learn, try bringing mindfulness into the classroom.
o The first step is to create a good learning environment. Open spaces are optimal, especially if they have large windows, minimal clutter — and no distractions. As the session begins, stress to employees the importance of staying focused. Ask them to turn off their devices for the entire training, and then take a few minutes for everyone to practice mindfulness. Have people sit still, relax their bodies, focus on their breath, and let go of whatever is on their minds.
o This will help them be open to and process new ideas.
o You should also ask everyone to stay mindful during breaks. Rather than checking on work, employees should take a walk, reflect, or write in a journal.
By keeping their minds clear and calm, they’ll have a better chance of retaining what they learn.
Adapted from “How to Get People to Pay Attention During Corporate Trainings,” by Jacqueline Carter et al.
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