How to Write an Effective Training Manual

When putting together an effective training manual there are number of basic rules about the construction and format of the material which can engage the audience and help act as a useful reference guide.

There is a super on line article by Mary Lanigan at

http://www.hpandt.com/howtocreateeffectivetrainingmanuals.pdf

In this article she covers the issues of analysis of the audience and the contents of your manual plus some really good practical advice covering such issues as the use of white space and bullet points to enhance the reader experience. There is some information about printing and binding but for more on this, you can contact PDI and we will be more than happy to share our experiences of what works and what doesn’t.

Ideas about printing and binding might include thoughts on the use of colour – whether to enhance with acetate covers and tabs. Interestingly tabs do not have to just numbered PDI can print to tabs so as to make the manual are much easier future reference source.

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