By Richi James
Skills abound in organizations. The trick is to recognize them and put them to optimum use. This can be done through training others. However, just because someone has the requisite skills and knowledge, it doesn’t automatically make them a great trainer! As a trainer you have to know how to organize this knowledge, properly present it in a variety of formats for people who have different learning styles and preferences, and talk about the topic in a way that people can relate to and learn from. This means you need people who are also trained in training.
Make Your Training Sessions an Oasis for Learners
Sometimes it makes sense for potential trainers to take a Train the Trainer course. This will enable you to develop the skills to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experiences and information. Training sessions become more credible when the trainer demonstrates great training skills; they need to engage the learners, provide examples and illustrations they can relate to, be open to participant feedback and ideas and of course achieve the course objectives.
Engagement is crucial to how effective the learning will be. A Train the Trainer course will highlight dos and don’t for every aspect of the training process including classic mistakes that inexperienced trainers make and show you how to avoid them.It will show you how to plan a course, deliver it effectively and evaluate it. It will give you the boost and confidence you need to become an effective trainer.
Get the Most Out of the Experience
You will benefit the most from workshops where there are opportunities for you to put your skills into practice. This will mean you can try out techniques and strategies that you have been introduced to and see how well they work. Ideally you should also receive feedback on your effectiveness so that you have some concrete ideas on what to work on to improve your abilities as a trainer.
There are many ways to find out about the most relevant Train the Trainer Workshops. The easiest is to check online. Make sure the trainer has many years of experience designing and delivering training programs and read their testimonials to ensure you choose the best one and one that will meet all of your requirements.
Make the most of your skills and knowledge by learning how to foster learning in others.