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The “other” skills of training

I sat through a training session last month. The trainer delivering was qualified to train and I could see she was technically knowledgeable on her subject. The subject was a bit of a dry subject but let’s face it, many are.

The trainer was monotone in her delivery – no inflection or variance or energy in her voice. Went through the material (PowerPoint and handouts). No allowances were made of the different personality types in the room, no discussions were facilitated and in fact they were pretty much shut down to focus on the training at hand. No one felt particularly motivated to participate in practical activities. She didn’t physically move that much.

For some subject matters such as brain surgery and rocket science this delivery style may have been an appropriate. It was not this subject.

This is not how adults learn. It’s now how people learn. For an energised person it was hell on earth. One person left. I was tempted to as well but I didn’t want to appear rude. I could have read the material with more enthusiasm myself.

In future when I am delivering training for trainers – I am going to add a session – a bonus session if you will.

What it will cover:

  • The use of music in training is important. As people arrive for training, choose your style of music wisely – keep it mainstream. As people arrive and are waiting to get started, I have a powerpoint playing of memes or subliminal messages with music playing. If you are using music whilst people are working choose music without lyrics
  • Facilitating discussion and keep it on topic and bring it back to the topic if it gets off and direct to add value, is a skill – people learn from one another.
  • How to recognise different personalities and incorporate that into delivery.
  • Delivering without detailed notes – if you can’t do it without detailed notes and reading Powerpoints etc – you don’t know your subject well enough.
  • How to manage the energy of the room and what tools you use to do that

And the beauty of trainers attending training is that often we see things that work and we can use them. We can equally see things that don’t work and avoid them.  And if you can’t work without .

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