Training For Dummies
Setting yourself apart as a trainer and creating a successful training session means: practicing some basic training rules; avoiding trainer mistakes; using effective visual aids to enhance the training; encouraging people to get involved; and developing a creative learning environment.
A Dozen Training Do's
To guarantee your success as a trainer and design a training session that is learner-focused, make sure to incorporate this 12-pack of ideas in your training approach:
State your objectives.
Prepare for emergencies.
Seven Mistakes to Avoid as a Trainer
Everybody makes mistakes, but some mistakes can seriously affect your credibility as a trainer. Steer clear of committing these training blunders:
Starting late and wasting time
Being poorly prepared and lacking content knowledge
Displaying distracting habits
Ignoring participants' needs and interrupting their questions
Reading from a script
Neglecting to tell participants WIIFM (what's in it for me?)
Characteristics of Effective Training Visuals
Visuals are an effective training tool, but only when they enhance - not detract - from your training delivery. Use visuals in your training presentation according to these rules:
Visible: Words on visuals are large enough, and you don't block the view.
Interesting: Oriented to the learner, visuals make use of pictures, graphs, color, and bullets.
Simple: Information is concise, and key concepts are highlighted.
Useful: Visuals help the trainer and the learner stay on track.
Accurate: Information on the visuals matches the participants' materials.
Long-lasting: Visuals facilitate retention and help the learner transfer and apply concepts.
How to Ensure Participation in Your Training
When you encourage participation and involve people in training you enhance learning. Enhance trainee participation and help create a great learning experience by using the REACT mnemonic for training ideas:
Relax and establish an informal atmosphere.
Encourage participants to take control of their own learning.
Accept participants where they are.
Communicate openly and honestly.
Tap participants for their ideas.
How to Make Your Training Stand Out
How do you set apart your training materials from information people can get online or at the library? Make your training memorable buy following these tips:
Create a supportive learning environment.
Let participants know how they will benefit from the training.
Find out what participants need and expect and fulfill that need/expectation.
Involve participants in the training from start to finish.
Show a high degree of respect for each participant.
Assure that the training mirrors the actual job situation.
Reinforce positive participant behavior with recognition and encouragement.
Put your heart into the training session. If you're giving it your all, your trainees will, too.
Take a personal interest in each participant.
Allow participants to get to know each other.
Know and polish your communication and training style.