Tip #36: Decide what the role of the non-presenter will be when co-training
The second category to consider when co-training is to decide what the role of the non-presenter will be while the other trainer is presenting a section.
Be clear about the expected role of the non-presenter. Possible options include any combination of the following:
- Write group comments on the flip chart or overhead;
- Work with one section of the group;
- Note down questions or issues raised by the group that will need to be addressed;
- Provide assistance as requested by the presenter;
- Observe the group interactions;
- Help to provide crowd control;
- Serve as a time keeper;
- Facilitate small group discussions;
- Check to see if any participants need extra assistance; and/or
- Interact with the presenter in a pre-arranged manner- for example, playing a role.
- Make disapproving noises;
- Indicate your displeasure or disagreement through body language;
- Go make telephone calls;
- Leave while the other trainer is speaking;
- Stand in the back as if judging the other trainer;
- Create distractions by joking with the participants while the other trainer is trying to teach;
- Do other work while the other trainer is presenting; or
- Prepare your materials for your next presentation.
Next week we will explore the do’s and don’ts regarding how to handle differences of opinion with a co-trainer.