Why Live Training Beats Training Videos Every Time


What do you do when you need product training? You might start with online resources for convenience, but that might not be the best way to learn. After all, just viewing videos and images doesn’t let you interact with the content. Next time you find yourself pressing the “Help” button, consider scheduling in-person training, which allows you to work through the specific challenges you’re experiencing.

Here are some benefits of live learning:

  • You can practice with the technology and learn by “doing”
  • Qualified trainers can adapt their material to your proficiency
  • If you’re in a group, you can pair up with another person and help each other
  • Collaborating allows you to network, which makes it easier to remember what you’ve learned
  • With live training, it’s easy to incorporate different learning styles in the training materials
  • Workshops and training sessions are the ideal place for experts to answer your questions
  • At an in-person training, you’ll be more engaged in an educational setting than you would anywhere else and therefore more likely to retain new information
  • You can have one-on-one time with the instructor as needed

R.D. Garrick, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, notes, “…Learning outcomes that involve problem-solving or understanding points of view are best conveyed in person, where the instruction can be personalized.” For complex questions and topics, in-person training helps you shift into training mode and absorb the content. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University Byron Newberry, Ph.D., P.E. builds on this belief by saying, “Having interaction with an experienced person is crucial to the learning process.” Therein lies the issue with online training.

It’s hard to capture the value of live training in a short training video. When you watch a video online, there’s no instructor taking cues from your body language and facial expressions. The video plays until you stop it without accounting for your questions or learning style. Additionally, online training materials use graphics and animations that can distract from the material.

If you’re a lawyer or an accountant looking to explore the AbacusNext product suite, join us at AbacusMaximus and reimagine technology! The journey begins June 24-26 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. We’re coordinating a sharp lineup comprised of insightful product trainings and inspiring keynotes.

Clients and prospects alike will leverage from the agenda and come away with tangible ideas for their firms. One-on-one sessions with product experts will give you the opportunity to master the solutions you rely on every day, while agnostic tracks will let you explore our legal and accounting product offerings. All sessions will be eligible for CPE and CLE credits.

You’ll also have the chance to connect with technology consultants and network – and by network, we mean party – with like-minded professionals in the fabulous Las Vegas. Our speakers include Steve Forbes, Dawn Brolin, and Col. Eileen Collins. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to REIMAGINE your practice. Check out our AbacusMaximus 2019 video and get tickets at abacusmaximus.com now!