End all your training sessions on a high note with Kahoot!

Did you know that 97% of Fortune 500 companies play Kahoot!? One of them is Tech Data. IT marketer Louise Runström from Tech Data Sweden shares how you can make your every training session memorable for participants.

Slides, tutorial videos, demos – these tools have always been part of our training sessions at Tech Data and served us well. Yet, we often felt there was something missing… We needed a little extra that would give a memorable finale to our sessions, with a good recap of topics and everyone leaving the room in a great mood. Recently we found that missing piece! Now we use Kahoot! to make sure all our training sessions end on a high note.

Kahoot! at Tech Data

Continuous learning in sales and marketing

I’m working with marketing at Tech Data Sweden. We’re a distribution company focused on IT products and services, and my team works exclusively with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba.

With new features and products coming out all the time, things move really fast in IT. We need to be up to date in order do do our best at marketing and selling these new offerings. We’re learning continuously and need to be able to apply the new knowledge in action right away. When we go to market, we also educate our customers, helping them make the most of the new products. So, making training work is mission-critical for us.

The missing piece in a perfect training session – it’s found!

As I mentioned earlier, we used to rely primarily on slides and videos to deliver training. Both formats work well for presenting new info, but it’s more of a one-way communication, a lecture that lacks interactivity. As a result, by the end of a session, trainees sometimes felt a bit overwhelmed with those volumes of content.

Adding Kahoot! games to the mix makes content easier to process, increases enthusiasm and energy levels in the room and makes everyone excited about training.

We play Kahoot! every time we get a chance, both in internal training and to educate our customers. Typically, we leave the game for the end of a session to wrap it up in a fun, interactive and loud way.

How to make a great kahoot? Tech Data’s tips

Humor, diversity, discussion and feedback are the things that make a kahoot as great it can be! Let us focus a bit more on each of them:

  1. We tend to add one funny, even absurd answer alternative into each question. For example, Q: What is short for WiFi? A1: Win information From Incentive A2: Wireless Fidelity A3: Wireless Fiction, A4: Window Field. Puts a smile on everyone’s faces!
  2. We blend serious questions with lightweight off-topic ones, not directly related to training per se. It’s very helpful for dynamics in the room. For example, those can be questions about upcoming holidays, events or activities we attended with our customers, facts about the city we’re in (if we’re traveling with our customers to another location or country).
  3. Discussion between questions is just as important as questions themselves! Why did so many trainees answer incorrectly? Why is a specific answer correct? Is there something else to know about the topic? Leave some time to talk through these points in every question, to increase the learning impact of your quiz.
  4. It’s also helpful to wrap up a game with quick questions to gather feedback. Have you enjoyed the game? Have you learned a lot?

Last but not least, I’d recommend to preview your quiz before the session or test-drive with one colleague to make sure it plays well.

Making training something to look forward to

Our sales reps and customers love Kahoot! since it creates a great atmosphere in any training. When we remind them before a session “Don’t forget to bring your phones!”, everyone knows what’s at stake and looks forward to be involved in a great training. For sales people it’s the competition that makes it even more exciting: they’re very competitive and everyone wants to get to the podium!

A big benefit for those of us who host training sessions is having game reports to help us assess how well a session went. Looking at what questions got a lot of incorrect answers, we identify the most difficult topics that need a deeper dive.

Kahoot! movement spreads fast! Since we introduced it at work, many of our colleagues started playing it outside the office as a fun family activity. Also, we know that our partners added it to their own educational programs.
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