Application Security

7 Things You Can Do to ACTUALLY Train Your Team

October 12, 2022
Written by
Aneesh Bhargav

Boring. Irrelevant. Ineffective. 

Corporate training has so much bad rep, but if done right, training your employees can be your best investment.

If you’re a team leader looking to train your team effectively, you’re in the right place!

Today we’ll talk about the things that you can do to ACTUALLY train your team! And you can start doing them right now.

1. Emphasize the basics, but don't make it boring.

Again, don’t make it boring.

Even seasoned pros need to revisit the basics from time to time. It helps to refamiliarize yourself with how everything works.

Don’t spend too long on them just in case someone will start yawning. 

Establish a knowledge baseline and move on.

2. Hands-on training isn't just good, it's necessary.

Can you imagine spending hours on training only to be spoonfed information? 

It’s going to be challenging to keep yourself interested.

Nothing kills enthusiasm more than being spoonfed information. 

(That's why AppSecEngineer has over 600 labs in all our 40+ courses!)

3. Be a mentor to your team members.

Nothing beats a team leader that’s approachable.

Establish a line of communication with your team so it’s easier for them to connect with you when they need to.

Let your team know that you’re always ready to help them by clearing roadblocks and helping them adapt by making the learning process effortless for them.

4. Keep the training relevant.

There's only one reason you're training your employees: to help them do their jobs better.

If the training is insignificant to your employees' area of expertise, they won't be interested.

No more secure coding courses for your cloud architects.

5. Encourage and reward growth.

Unlike you whose interest is to grow the company’s business, your team is more concerned about developing skills for their career growth.

Encourage your team to work hard to achieve their goals. It will not only make them appreciate you more, but they will be more proactive with work. 

6. Follow up after training sessions.

What are the most interesting parts for them? Which part did they struggle with the most? What topic is the easiest?

Doing a follow-up with them will show how much you care while letting you gather intel for the next training that you will conduct.

7. Monitor training performance

Gather data about their performance, plus with the team’s feedback, you’ll be able to improve your training strategy.

Ask questions like: Is your team participating during training? Are they learning enough?

With AppSecEngineer's Admin portal you’ll get detailed team-wide analytics to answer all these questions & more!

With our full library of content and exclusive teams-only features, AppSecEngineer offers a Team license that will take your training to the next level!

Whether you're a team of 4 or 400, we have amazing content for you.

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Aneesh Bhargav

Aneesh Bhargav

Aneesh Bhargav is the Head of Content Strategy at AppSecEngineer. He has experience in creating long-form written content, copywriting, producing Youtube videos and promotional content. Aneesh has experience working in Application Security industry both as a writer and a marketer, and has hosted booths at globally recognized conferences like Black Hat. He has also assisted the lead trainer at a sold-out DevSecOps training at Black Hat. An avid reader and learner, Aneesh spends much of his time learning not just about the security industry, but the global economy, which directly informs his content strategy at AppSecEngineer. When he's not creating AppSec-related content, he's probably playing video games.

Aneesh Bhargav