Training and Mentoring Tips and Advice
Training sessions are not like stand-up comedy; they can’t simply be carried out spontaneously without some sort of planning. Effective training must be conducted with clear objectives and a logical outline in mind. As the trainer, you will also be expected to have a thorough understanding of what your audience needs. In short, what you really need in order to ensure effective training – is a solid plan.
Below are a few guidelines to ensure that your training session is highly effective and that your delegates get the most out of their experience.
- Give the training session some thought. You might be presenting a topic that the delegates are interested in and excited about – and that certainly makes training easier – but what if you’re presenting a topic that could potentially put them to sleep? It is vitally important to have an innovative approach. Consider training techniques that are unconventional and get the participants actively involved. Remember to respect your audience. Age groups and interests will certainly come into play. For instance, you will need to have a completely different approach with a group of teenagers than you will with a corporate management team.
- Organise your learning environment. Where you present your training session will affect the effectiveness thereof. If you don’t have suitable facilities at your own premises, make sure that you rent professional training rooms to carry out your training sessions. When choosing and preparing your training room, choose an environment that is set away from potential distractions. You should also experiment with different seating arrangements for the size of group that you will have. Make sure that everyone will fit in and that you will be comfortable with the seating arrangements.
- Prepare the necessary training materials and have them set up before your participants arrive (this includes content, documents, stationery and so on). In addition to a comfortably furnished room, the facilities should offer all equipment required and services such as Wi-Fi, catering and even safety for your delegates.
- Know your topic thoroughly. If you are often involved in training, you might address a variety of topics (or you might just address one). It is important that you have an in-depth and thorough knowledge of the topic at hand, so that you can easily address any questions aimed at you and you can provide your audience with insight and helpful guidance throughout the course.
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