What is a “Very Short Training”?

Many supervisors have weekly meetings because “it has always been done that way”. Ask yourself these questions before getting started in this guide.

Why do I have these meetings with my crew?

Is this the most efficient way to provide information to them?

What does my crew expect from me and what can I expect of them?

Is there a way to improve my communication at these meetings?

Take some time to reflect on these questions before you give the next morning meeting.

What is a “Very Short Training”?

If you look at social media these days, blocks of information are shorter and shorter. Videos that are the most popular are less than two minutes! (Source: http://www.journalism.org/2012/07/16/video-length/)

You also want to have your people in the field, but a focused 15-20 minute discussion (VST) once per week can accomplish a variety of objectives:

  • Gives you as a supervisor a way to deliver short pieces of information to your people on a regularly scheduled basis
  • Allows you to get to know your people on a more personal level by showing that you care about their professional development
  • VSTs can help mitigate potential risks out in the field and keep job safety issues fresh in your employees mind

What makes a VST successful?

  • The topic is short and focused
  • The topic is relevant to your crew
  • It is delivered in understandable “chunks”
  • The crew is comfortable (i.e. there are enough places to sit, or if they prefer to stand, they can see and hear you clearly)
  • The meeting starts on time and ends on time

The meeting includes discussion. This should not be a one-way lecture