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13 tricky situations an experienced trainer should know how to handle (06 Feb 18)

Training can be one of the toughest jobs you will ever do. But it can be hugely rewarding. And the trick is to make it fun - for everyone, including you.

Interestingly, training is probably the only job you ever do where your success or failure is measured immediately – through the feedback sheet participants complete on the day. 

And you know how it is … you look to see what they said – and react with glee or gloom.

But have you ever noticed that what matters most when people rate a session is not just what they learned. That is important, but first comes how much they enjoyed it.

You probably have. And you also realise that the trick boils down to capturing and retaining their interest.

To do this you must be willing to be adventurous and inject enjoyment and life into proceedings.

You must experiment - try new things. You must make it fun!

What's more, there are many situations where the things I’m talking about can make a real, positive difference.

Just think about all the occasions when you need to get people interested, involved, motivated.

Team building, working with groups of people in the community, reviews of customer services where you want staff’s ideas for doing better, small groups where people need to get to know each other, large conferences where something light-hearted can get delegates to mix with each other.

They all benefit from techniques you develop when training. And those techniques are not witchcraft; they’re easily acquired.

To satisfy delegates you have to begin training with an Oomph so things remain up-beat and you involve everyone and keep them interested.

Then as the day wears on you have to keep them engaged by what’s happening so they don’t get bored and doze off.

There are quite a few things you have to bear in mind – all simple, but all essential:

Here are fifteen situations an experienced  trainer should know about;

If you want to know more about running effective training sessions why not run an in house course? Email me at rod@rodlaird.co.uk




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