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Tip #774:   Make training decisions with the learner in mind.

On May 27, 2019, Posted by , In trainers, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #774:   Make training decisions with the learner in mind.

Good training is never static. Instead, it is “a constant stream of professional decisions made before, during and after interaction with the learner; decisions which, when implemented, increase the probability of learning.” *

As trainers, we should do our best to stay in touch with the learning needs of our participants. This responsibility does not stop after we have conducted a training needs assessment and designed the lesson plan and materials. We have to be prepared to make additional decisions during the training in order to meet their needs.

Regardless of who or what is being taught, all training decisions fall into three categories:  1. Content [what content to teach next]; 2. Learner Activities [what the … Read the rest

Tip #773: Set the learner up for success.

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“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein

As mentioned in Tip #772, there are only two immutable rules for a trainer. The first is to treat the learner with respect. The second is to set the learner up for success.

A trainer can do this by:  building on what the learner already knows; disconnecting any negative transfer; using training methods that meet the needs of different learning preferences; providing sufficient examples and practice so that the learners can experience and demonstrate their mastery of the new skill; and offering specific and constructive feedback.

The trainer can also set the learner up for success by creating and following a … Read the rest

Tip #772: Treat the learner with respect

On May 13, 2019, Posted by , In trainers, With Comments Off on Tip #772: Treat the learner with respect

“The best way to respect learners: Use techniques that research has proven to work. Help people reach their goals without wasting their time.” Cathy Moore

There are only two immutable rules for a trainer. The first is to treat the learner with respect. This includes recognizing and respecting the learner’s previous experience, current expertise, and pressing interests and needs. The trainer can discover these through formal training needs assessments, informal e-mail queries, or introductory questions at the beginning of a session.  The workshop should be tailored to meet the learners’ needs. This also includes respecting the learner’s time by ensuring that there is good, relevant content and appropriate training methods that build or strengthen necessary skills; and using training methods

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Tip #764: Oh Yeah? Make Me!

On March 18, 2019, Posted by , In trainers, By , With Comments Off on Tip #764: Oh Yeah? Make Me!

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Peter Drucker

Laura Arellano  gave a wonderful workshop at the Training 2019 Conference in Orlando, titled Techniques for Handling Resistant Learners.

Ms. Arellano spoke about the learning brain, which she says is composed of the conscious mind and the subconscious mind (otherwise known as the reptilian brain located in the amygdala). According to her, the job of the subconscious mind is to do what the conscious mind tells it to.

She believes that there are four major roots of resistance: (1) priorities (other things to do); (2) relevance (how does this relate to my job?); (3) boring (lecture-based); and (4) fear (of change, of job loss, of … Read the rest

Tip #653: Educational Instructors and Entertainers

On January 9, 2017, Posted by , In trainers, By , With Comments Off on Tip #653: Educational Instructors and Entertainers

“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.”  Marshall McLuhan

When I saw a Request for Proposal seeking educational instructors and entertainers, it definitely got my attention and peaked my interest. I’d never seen anything like it before!

My first thought was that they might be looking for educational instructors who are also entertainers. Maybe they really wanted edutainers: people who educate in an entertaining manner, mixing wit and humor with information.

I’d like to believe that describes my training style. But I always want the spotlight to be on the learners, and I would imagine that edutainers want the spotlight for themselves. Perhaps I could qualify as a facilitative … Read the rest

Tip #643: Skill Sets for Classroom Versus Web-Based Training

On December 10, 2016, Posted by , In trainers, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #643: Skill Sets for Classroom Versus Web-Based Training

“Specialization, concentration and consistency is the key to outstanding performance…Love your zone!”  Israelmore Ayivor

I constantly see recruitment notices for organizations seeking individuals with expertise in classroom curriculum design and delivery, as well as web-based training design. This is understandable, since blended learning is a training method that can capitalize on the strengths of both instructor-led and web-based training.

However, it seems to me that the classroom trainer and the web-based training (WBT) designer require very different knowledge and skill sets.

Let me compare and contrast the required skill sets for the stages in the training cycle, so you can see what I mean. (For the purpose of honest disclosure, I specialize as a classroom trainer).

Needs Assessment:

Both the … Read the rest