Helping others learn new skills or gain techniques they need for advancement in their job or life can be very rewarding. Using the suggested points below will likely enhance your training effectiveness.
Mentor & Keep It Simple
Understand the group. While conducting your training topic keep your presentation interesting, informative and give them memorable nuggets. Be personable, not preachy and let them know you are on their side and want them to see what’s there that they can’t yet see. Getting serious is a turn off, so unless you’re teaching morticians, keep your delivery as light but pertinent to the lessen as possible. By all means share stories about the topic that pull your audience in quickly. You won’t lose their attention if you do these things.
Who Are You Talking To?
Sales people don’t need you to teach them how to sell. They want alternative or innovative approaches to pass on to their prospects or customers. Review the challenges they encounter respond to their questions which help you determine the right angle or approach to get there. Your role will be much easier if you quickly ascertain the composition of your audience and work situation.
Keep Two-Way Conversation Going
Since training sessions are interactive, include your audience not to them or at them but by including them. Think about how you’ve felt in their shoes. And remember that a voice gets monotonous aster 30-45 minutes. Asking for input from them about the topic actually stimulates the room and allows you to rest a bit too. This approach triggers memory as well, so they will learn from the experience.
Monitor Pace & Tone
As a trainer your job is to keep the session moving forward. Pacing can be challenging since some discussions do warrant review and noodling a bit while others just aren’t working for the group. People should feel comfortable in asking questions, but you are driving this bus and must pace it effectively. Doing so takes practice. If one or two persist in wanting to hear more, say that you’re available after the session. No one is offered, and you’ve offered them more of your insight.
Incorporate Some of You
During sideline conversations or breaks define things in your own life that parallel what they are now doing or wish to do in the future. Revealing short stories or examples of your experiences with them engages them more ... they relax and so do you.
Reflect That You’re Glad To Be There
Put on a happy face (no eye rolling or sighing). Your level of enthusiasm projects either positively or negatively, so smile, nod, be expressive and keep an open posture. Enthusiasm is contagious and so is grumpiness.
All Adults Here
Participants being late to the sessions is common; these folks usually can catch up. Since they are responsible adults, if they miss something critical it’s their loss. But it’s another story entirely if someone is disrupting the class. It must be dealt with directly.
Encourage Participants to Collaborate
When questions arise don’t just give them an answer to their questions. Open the topic up for further discussion which always keeps others engaged and ensures better involvement. Often other participants do have solid input and even answer a posed question … which you can expand upon or let stand if beneficial.
Is your approach for building an effective team working? Are your employees engaged, inspired and performing well individually and collectively - or are they just doing what they are told to do? Remember, your leadership style directly impacts the performance of your team. Using these tools will have a direct effect on whether you become a Coach/Mentor or simply remain ‘the Boss’. It’s your choice.
Best of luck on your next Training Session!