Training

  1. training blog - the dangers of not knowing your audience

    training blog - the dangers of not knowing your audience
    One of the biggest mistakes I see bad trainers make is that they write and deliver the training on what they perceive the audience will need rather than what they actually need; this then makes the training all about them and not the audience.  Fantastic trainers do it completely differently... One of the key attributes every fantastic trainer uses is that they...
  2. training blog - staying objective with your training feedback

    training blog - staying objective with your training feedback
    It’s a natural reaction to get tied in emotionally with something you’ve put a lot of time and effort into like when you’ve designed and delivered training to the best of your ability.  If you’re pro-active, you may have asked for feedback in good faith but how do you feel when someone tells you something you don’t like or don’t want...
  3. training blog - design is easy, just make 100 PowerPoint slides!

    training blog - design is easy, just make 100 PowerPoint slides!
    Well, that's what some people do right?  Picture the scene, the Manager says, “we need Training in this, can you get some organised?” and all of a sudden, the pressure’s on.  If we know no better, then the easiest thing to do is create lots of slides with tons of information and words and talk through them.  Looks good right?  Might even impress the...
  4. training blog - what makes a great trainer so good?

    training blog - what makes a great trainer so good?
    Many attributes make a trainer great, but if someone asked me what were the key things that make a great trainer, what would they be? I’ve been fortunate to have seen many great trainers that have acted as an inspiration to me as I was learning my trade.  I got thinking about them all, the way they taught and the things...
  5. training blog - the importance of frequent breaks

    training blog - the importance of frequent breaks
    When watching many trainers, quite often I see people getting so caught up in the moment they lose track of their audience and the level of engagement.  Many factors make up a great training session but too often, one of the essential human needs is forgotten about in the quest to get everything covered in the time frame: I’ve often talked...
  6. training blog - four sure ways your body language will expose your nerves

    training blog - four sure ways your body language will expose your nerves
    One of the most crucial things to get right when you deliver training is your body language, as we are all experts at showing nerves to others through our body language but how exactly? There are many subtle ways that your audience will read your nerves instantly but some they will notice more than others.  The good news is that if...
  7. training blog - perfect christmas gifts for every trainer

    training blog - perfect christmas gifts for every trainer
    In a follow-up to Ralph’s excellent blog on “5 Christmas gifts for Managers” I thought I’d do something similar but from a Trainer’s perspective.  I got thinking if I was to make the ultimate Trainers wish list for those “must have” items, what would they be?  Here are my top Christmas gifts for the Trainer in your life: 1. Electronic Clicker –...
  8. training blog - box of chocolates

    training blog - box of chocolates
    One of my all-time favourite films is Forest Gump and I absolutely love the quote he used “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get” because it’s so true; it works in so many circumstances including delivering training in different places. When you are regularly delivering training in different cities and venues...
  9. training blog - confidence, It isn’t an uphill battle, it’s a downhill one

    training blog - confidence, It isn’t an uphill battle, it’s a downhill one
    Many things in life have great synergy between them and I have written many blogs where I have used sport as a great learning example.  In this blog I've just had another great life experience that has taught me such a valuable lesson in confidence I’d love to share with you. Some of you who have read my previous blogs may...
  10. training blog - when your training doesn’t go to plan!

    training blog - when your training doesn’t go to plan!
    Quite often on our Train the Trainer courses when our delegates do their practical sessions, they don’t quite go according to plan.  There are many reactions including sheer panic, but it really doesn’t have to be that way… On our courses, I do emphasise organisation and the fact that it’s so important that you find your own individual style in your session...

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