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Jan 04

every good trainer uses these magic powers to make learning happen

Published by Scott Fraser

Have you ever thought about the best Trainer you have ever seen and what made them so successful?  I often think about those trainers that influenced me and the reasons why I wanted to try and train like them.  I’ve been so lucky to have worked with some amazing Trainers, and I’ve actually managed to figure out why they are so good - they use magic powers!  So, what are these mystical ‘magic powers’ and how can you get them?

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Dec 15

real preparation for training

Published by Ralph Moody

We all know we need to prepare for training.  The obvious essentials to all trainers would include that you should know your audience, knowing your subject and knowing where you are delivering.  We have all experienced trainers turning up with the wrong leads or IT that isn’t compatible.  Of course, this type of preparation is essential.  InfactI would go as far to say that anyone who doesn’t prepare like this is incompetent.  However, I want us to focus on some other areas of real preparation many a trainer fails to do.

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Dec 11

building rapport in your training sessions is like climbing a hill

Published by Scott Fraser

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Colin and Jean in a very snowy Aberdeen.  Although they had never met, it turned that they shared an off-shore connection with common colleagues and friends, so rapport built quickly with them once the ‘ice’ had been broken.  Getting rapport built quickly in your room is so important, as you will get a common bond and get them working as a team much earlier which (as a trainer) is going to make for a better learning environment and make life so much easier for you.  But what if Colin and Jean didn’t have that common ground, would it have been harder?

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Nov 21

the 4 “musts” when using questioning in training

Published by Scott Fraser

On our PTT Train the Trainer courses we cover the five pillars of assessment, one of which is ‘Questioning”.  Questioning is a must in any form of training delivery, particularly if you want to engage. However, one of the most common problems I see is when questioning becomes a question for a questions sake, more commonly it’s a closed question, or the way it is handled makes it a waste of time.

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Nov 02

one of the most common mistakes trainers make

Published by Scott Fraser

Some of us are very lucky as trainers to have had fantastic training support and continued professional development, but many aren’t so fortunate.  One of the most common statements I come across when delivering PTT Train the Trainer courses is how many people are given a task by their managers to train something because “We need training on that”. 

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Oct 24

the 5 pillars

Published by Ralph Moody

On our Train the Trainer courses we talk about the 5 pillars of assessment all the time.  They are the pillars that make up highly effective training.  In many organisations these pillars are used as a process for measuring the competence of trainers.  When you have poor training, little thought is put on these pillars and inevitably training collapses.

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Oct 20

when I really learnt to throw the monkey

Published by Scott Fraser

“That was rubbish, I’m not as good at this as I thought” was my first realisation that I needed to work hard to become a good trainer.  I was quite sure of myself you see; having worked as a trainer for years at a training school, the way we delivered training wasn’t massively challenging in my opinion.  Looking back now, I realise that I needed knocking down a peg or two and was the best thing that could have happened as it helped make me the Trainer I am today.

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Oct 12

e-learning - does it have to be that way??

Published by Ralph Moody

We are continually looking at ways to deliver effective training and to improve our provision and as a Train the Trainer provider I believe our practice should be of the highest quality.   We have some very exciting news coming soon with the launch of our new website and Learner Management System which will enable e-learning to be delivered.

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Oct 09

it's a sign...

Published by Scott Fraser

While travelling on the A1 today, I saw a sign.  Nothing unusual there really if I’m honest but one sign stood out for me.  The sign said “Newark”, and it brought back a flood of memories but one thing more than any that have stuck with my life like superglue is something I apply to my life every day, and it has served me so well as a trainer.

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Sep 27

trying to get the ball in a basket without a ball!

Published by Scott Fraser

Quite a tall order isn’t it?  How can you expect a task to get done if you don’t have the capability or resources to do it?  This is happening all the time with training, and it’s wasting valuable time and money that businesses can’t afford to lose.

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Sep 25

It’s got to be perfect

Published by Ralph Moody

Of course, it is perfectly natural to want to be perfect, and I would say it’s a great trait to have in the workplace.  Individuals who constantly want to improve want to do a great job and we all like working with people who want to do that.  When we were young we were happy to make mistakes, we learnt from the process and never really thought much about it.  How many of us got up and started walking straight away!

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