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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 2 A U G U S T G R A P H I C S P R O 4 1 way, answer questions on how this new technique might be best implemented and learn more about your new hire. WAYS TO TRAIN Something we can do as trainers for these positions is to train ourselves. We have our personal learning style, and we likely teach to match our own learning style. Not everyone has the same learning style. We should grant ourselves the time to develop our lessons in several ways, like written, spoken, enacted, and directed/guided. Written lessons work great via a handbook with step-by-step processes you implement in your shop. Spoken lessons might be verbally explaining everything in your written step-by-step. Enacted would be lessons where you are hands-on and show- ing trainees the elements you want them to learn. Spoken and enacted could both be made into a video that can be used over and over without taking time away from your schedule! Lastly, directed/guided lessons would be explaining every step while your trainee is acting out what you're teaching them, in the moment. e sooner we can have each of these teaching methods ready to go, the easier time we will have onboarding any type of learner, making them so much more likely to be retained as an employee for a healthy amount of time. REEVALUATE YOUR SYSTEMS We need to make sure we take the time to test our systems. ere is function in redeveloping company procedures. Feel free to take input or ask assistance from active employees and espe- cially people who have been trained on the more recent side of things. ey will have the most vigor toward helping and will have the freshest memory and input to what your system is like. Remember, we told everyone to create their own system within ours. Also remember that you were new once. e five Ps to this are as follows: Patience, Practice, Persistence, Practicality, Patience. Ideally, you have a chance to bring someone on board in prep- aration for an increase in production. at would allow time to be picky about your hire and time to train without things being needed yesterday. When do things ever go to plan though? GP Josh Kice is a 10-year screen-printing vet out of Denver, Colorado. He has worked in small to mid-sized shops throughout that time, learning most facets of the screen-print- ing industry. In his 10 years of printing and designing, Josh volunteered as a firefighter in Golden, Colorado, for a brief stint where he developed his business idea and model for Ink & Drink, a DIY screen-printing bar based in Denver's Santa Fe Art District. Not everyone has the same learning style. We should grant ourselves the time to develop our lessons in several ways, including written, spoken, enacted, and directed/guided.

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