Content can be split into 3 Categories: Need to Know, Nice to Know and Where to Go.
Presentations and training provided by Foundant should always be focused on Need to Know content. This is the information that the trainee must know in order to be successful. Need to Know content fully and directly supports the desired outcome of your presentation. Ask yourself these questions when identifying Need to Know content:
"Does my content directly support the desired outcome?"
"Do trainees have to know this information in order to be successful?"
If you find yourself justifying content that does not support your desired outcome - STOP! - and refocus your content. Remove the nonessential.
NEED to KNOW
Nice to Know content is not vital for making the trainee successful. Nice to Know content is typically referred to as filler content. Training should not be focused on Nice to Know content. If you start adding too much Nice to Know information to your presentation you need to stop and re-evaluate what you are trying to achieve. Ask yourself these questions to identify Nice to Know content:
“Will I achieve the desired outcome without this information?"
"Does the information only apply to a small subset of trainees?"
"Am I adding this content just to make sure I can fill the allotted training time?"
"Will this information distract from established Need to Know points?"
If the answer to any of theses questions is yes, omit the content from your presentation or you may be in danger of diluting your Need to Know content.
NICE to KNOW
Where to Go content is accessed and reviewed outside of the session, as it is non-essential to training. As the name suggests, trainers provide trainees with resources pointing trainees "where to go" to learn more. Examples of Where to Go content include: