Scott Fraser

  1. The importance of effective design

    The importance of effective design
    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”.  Then...
  2. Trying to get the ball in a basket without a ball!

    Trying to get the ball in a basket without a ball!
    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. Ball in the basket - a relatively straightforward task really when we have...
  3. Creating the right climate for learning - 4 top tips

    Creating the right climate for learning - 4 top tips
    When I’m delivering training, I often get lots of great feedback from evaluations that say things like “Made to feel welcome from the very start” which I love.  I take so much pride in helping people learn in a great environment. After all, this is this one of my most important jobs of the day, but why is this the...
  4. Fail to prepare - prepare to fail

    Fail to prepare - prepare to fail
    Think of the most professional delivery of a training session you have had personally and ask yourself why?  There could be many reasons you think that way but the most common factor will be because the Trainer was exceptionally well prepared and organised! I once remember arriving at a training session where we were sent to the wrong room, and...
  5. Building rapport in your training sessions is like climbing a hill

    Building rapport in your training sessions is like climbing a hill
    A couple of years ago 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...
  6. One of the most common mistakes trainers make

    One of the most common mistakes trainers make
    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”.  Then...
  7. The 4 must do's when using questioning in training

    The 4 must do's when using questioning in training
    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 the sake of a question, more commonly it’s a...
  8. Practise never makes perfect!

    Practise never makes perfect!
    I am a very keen sportsman in my spare time, and I love to bring sporting analogies into my training sessions because we can learn an awful lot from sport.  Let me share one with you that relates to why practise is so important: As a little boy, I was always told by my Mum ‘Practise makes perfect’ and I...
  9. Classroom 1:1 to Online Trainer – My 5 Top Tips

    Classroom 1:1 to Online Trainer – My 5 Top Tips
    If, like me, you’ve mainly delivered training in groups, face to face, or 1:1, a change all of a sudden to deliver online sessions may be quite daunting!  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been involved in plenty of meetings, and 1:1’s online and never had any real problems but delivering training online?  I much prefer face to face, but recent...
  10. Training? Might as well throw your money in the bin!

    Training? Might as well throw your money in the bin!
    I always talk about how I consider myself so fortunate to get to go around the country meeting new people and businesses, but there is one massive downside to it that I don’t like.  It never ceases to amaze me the stories and experiences about the continual waste of valuable time and money spent delivering “Training” that just doesn’t do...

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