Choosing Your Training Venue

networkingDespite all of the great benefits for using elearning, it isn’t always the best way to deliver training.

There are some topics that just make more sense to delivery via live instruction. Perhaps the content is complex in nature, or the intended audience is not very large.

It’s also possible that your training program is taking a blended approach.

This is an area that I have had experience with in the past. In fact, most elearning programs I implemented took this approach to training.

The lower-level (entry content) would be delivered in elearning format while the more complex training would be administered with live instructors.

Regardless of your reasoning, instructor-led training often requires some additional planning. The most important aspect is choosing the proper venue for the training.

Below are three key considerations as you determine which venue would be best.


The audience size and background will help determine which location is best.

For example, customer training may be approached differently than employee training. The latter of which is often more informal.

Of course, the number of attendees also determines space viability.

Additionally, the geographic location of the intended audience dictates whether you’ll be administering the training at multiple locations.


When is the training scheduled to take place? The more time until the training, the more opportunity there is to choose a venue that is optimal for the audience.

You may also have a chance to negotiate with off-site locations that offer amenities that your local office does not provide.

Facility Capabilities

It’s imperative that you choose a facility that can meet the needs of the training.

In my blended learning programs we always needed internet access and the ability for people to plug-in their laptops (for virtual training exercises). WIthout these critical items we couldn’t hold the training.



Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Twitter | LinkedIn

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