The Most Abused Statistics in Corporate Training…

You’ve heard the frightening training stats.

60% of training is forgotten 20 minutes after it’s taught.

… and by 3 days the AMOUNT FORGOTTEN increases to 75%!

Think about that. It’s the equivalent of saying that for every hour of instruction, 45 minutes is wasted.

Any sensible person seeing these stats may wonder why bother with training in the first place? After all, these numbers are enough to make the learning and development team’s blood run cold. But, the companies that use these statistics — are actually abusing them. 

What Is the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve?

The history behind those scary (and overblown) learning statistics dates back more than 100 years to the work of a German psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus. Ebbinghaus was curious to learn how the brain forms and retains memories.

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