“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Confucius
The first time I tried to make yeast bread (using a written version of an oral recipe from my grandmother), I waited three days for the yeast to bubble. It had actually bubbled within the first few minutes, but I missed it. Feeling frustrated and foolish, I never tried to make her yeast bread again.
What brought this to mind was a meeting to discuss the effectiveness of a newly created participant-centered curriculum. The subject matter experts (SMEs) responsible for delivering the curriculum had essentially ignored it and presented their lecture-based curriculum instead.
Why? There were a number of reasons:
- They did not
“In the end, you make your reputation and you have your success based upon credibility and being able to provide people who are really hungry for information what they want.” Brit Hume
Do you have any of the following characteristics?
- You’re a new trainer.
- You have less experience on the job than those you will be training.
- You are new to the organization.
- You are much younger than many in your audience.
Any of these characteristics can make it difficult to establish credibility in a training situation. Having more than one of these characteristics can seem like an impenetrable barrier to establishing trust in your knowledge and ability.
What can you do to establish credibility? There are four key steps … Read the rest
“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” Gail Sheehy
When lecturers recognize the value of participatory learning, there is a relatively steep learning curve for them to transition into a facilitative trainer role.
It can be very daunting to let go of the role of an expert who shares knowledge and step into the role of a facilitator who enables participants to learn and apply what they learned.
Here are some logistical tips to help with that transition.
Moving from PowerPoint slide deck to participant manual:
- Take all of the content that is currently on each of your PowerPoint slides and place it into a participant manual as reference material.
- Consider the best way that your participants can
“Energy and persistence alter all things.” Benjamin Franklin
I do not run marathons, but I have read about the process that marathon runners go through to build up their stamina. Long and short distance runs are part of the strategy. I know that pasta plays a role, too.
Because of my clients’ funding requirements and a probable lack of understanding regarding how much energy it actually takes to conduct a highly participatory training program, I am faced with the daunting task of conducting 10 days of training without any break.
I will be flying to Amman, Jordan (my third trip in three years, for three different clients) to conduct two days of training on Interest Based Negotiation (IBN) Strategies and … Read the rest
“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” Francis Bacon
There are times when trainers may find themselves in the unenviable position of conducting a training program on a topic that the audience knows very well. For example, a trainer might be rolling out changes to a technical process or a procedure to skilled employees who work with those processes or procedures on a daily basis. As a result, the audience has a much greater familiarity with the content and its implications than the trainer does.
This can be a very uncomfortable situation for a trainer, particularly if the employees ask technical questions that the trainer cannot answer. In these instances, some trainers may feel that their credibility is … Read the rest
“Be a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder.” Rumi
I love training! I enjoy the analytical process of assessing needs and determining learning objectives. It is fun to create engaging learning activities. And it is a true honor and pleasure to facilitate learning in others and to learn from them.
So, whenever someone is interested in going into training, I want to strongly encourage them. I also want them to be successful, so these are some of my words of wisdom:
- Remember that training is about the learner, not you.
- Do everything you can to set the learners up for success: have clear learning objectives; do your research so the information and techniques you are teaching are up