Timing is Everything Series Intro, (Part 1 Anxiety coming May 10th)

The Timing of Training

Plenty of time and energy is spent in talent development pondering answers to the “Who?” “What?”
“Why?” “Where?” and “How?” questions of training, but the question of “When?” is often limited to one answer:

“Whenever time permits.”

However, the strategic element of timing in training is much more nuanced than this, and can lead to significant gains in return on investment if planned properly. To quickly accelerate employee performance, training programs must offer strategic blended learning interventions at key points in time in order to decrease the learning curve.


The learning curve considers the relationship between time spent learning a new competency and on-the-job-performance. The curve is partitioned into four key sections: anxiety, information overload, knowledge formation, and optimum performance. Each of these sections along the curve should be treated differently.

Once optimum performance has been reached, it is critical that continuing education and engagement spur employees towards growth rather than stagnancy or degradation in on-the-job-performance.


Decreasing the learning curve will decrease total training time and time to competency for employees.

We will be sharing information on decreasing the learning curve on this blog through the Timing is Everything series, but to read more now download our Timing is Everything White Paper!

Download the Timing is Everything White Paper

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