“Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.” Thomas Carlyle
I just audited a workshop and the experience gave me a renewed appreciation for all of the things that a facilitator should NOT do when in front of a class:
- Do NOT begin the training session and introduce yourself while standing behind half of the participants. Stand where everyone can easily see you.
- Do NOT leave any participants sitting alone and isolated from the rest of the group. Make sure that all participants are seated with 4 or 5 other people.
- Do NOT tell the participants that: “You will get sick of us.” That thought may not have occurred to the participants until you brought it up.
- Do NOT tell
“Strong people make as many and as ghastly mistakes as weak people. The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them, and learn from them. That is how they become strong.” Richard J. Needham
A good training plan, good content and good learning activities do not automatically ensure a good training experience. The trainer is ultimately responsible for establishing and maintaining an effective learning environment. This begins with training room and training process logistics.
Mistake #1. Not preparing the room. Check all audiovisual equipment and hook ups before the session, to make sure everything is in operating order. Cover or tape down extension cords so that no one trips over them. Have a backup plan in case there … Read the rest