The vast majority of people learn better with visuals.
As it turns out, 60% of humans identify as visual learners.
Yet we often use text-based documents for on-boarding and other important training processes.
Creating training documents that align to how your team learns best is actually not that difficult and it will return noticeable results.
Here are 4 tips to consider for using visuals with some real life examples:
Start “big picture”
Starting big picture will ensure that your team knows where to focus.
Example: You are creating a training manual on how to change dull tooling on a CNC router. Start with a photo of the CNC router and provide some background information.
Capture real action
Capture real life, step-by-step photos or videos of the process. If you can capture the photos and video without staging the process that’s even better!
Example: You are making a document that shows how to restock the cappuccino machine. Recruit a helper to start restocking the cappuccino while you capture the action step-by-step.
Reduce text, reuse photos
When making step-by-step documentation, split up long text or multiple action points by duplicating your slide or reference image.
Example: There are several things users need to consider while changing the tooling on the CNC router. Create a step for each action item.
Use video when possible
Video can be very impactful and easier to understand. You cannot take video for every task, but when you can you should! Remember that shorter videos are better for explanations.
Example: The tank that holds the dry mix for the cappuccino machine needs to be lifted up before getting pulled out. This could be easier to show in a video than with photos and text.
Capturing knowledge with photos and video is easier than you may think! Proceed employs a smartphone, tablet, or web browser to help you create visual, interactive training documents without the hassle of traditional word processing programs. See how your team could use Proceed.