Harry “Slug” Heilmann is a Hall of Fame baseball player who spent most of his playing years with the Detroit Tigers. He and Ted Williams are the last two American League players to hit over .400. Heilmann’s career batting average of .342 is the twelfth-highest in major league history.
Heilmann also won an amazing four batting titles. But here’s the twist. He won them only in odd-numbered years (1921, 1923, 1925 and 1927).
Harry Heilmann was consistently inconsistent!
This story reminds us how important it is to establish a winning formula and then deliver it as consistently as possible.
Your company provides training to its employees, right? Here are some great ways to maintain consistency and deliver exceptional training results:
1. Hit the ground running. I do this by making sure attendees have positive expectations regarding the event.
2. Get everyone involved. Get as many people as possible to verbally participate in the first five minutes of the training session.
3. Make training fun/interesting. Hint: Fun is not necessarily what the trainer thinks is fun. Been to some sessions where the fun felt artificial?
4. Ensure success. Follow through is the key. I ask attendees to use what I teach them and send me a “success story” within 48 hours of the program. You’d love to read my e-mail!
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