Trainer Talk on the Dog Walk - A is for...
Hello. I'm back in the UK. As you can see, no snow here. Back in the UK after an absolutely amazing two weeks in the Alps. Just unbelievable. It was a birthday trip for me, and we achieved so much. So yeah, unbelievably great, but good to be back too. So, back on the Trainer Talk on the Dog Walk. And what I wanted to talk to you today about is I'm going to do a little featurette over the next few weeks, and I'm going to do what we call A to Z of training. And what I want to try and do is give you some tips, give you some hints, give you some of the best practice really that I can think of, using the A to Z.
So, what we're going to talk about today is A. And A is for activities. One of the things that so many trainers omit to do is engage. It's one of the fundamentals of great training. You have to engage with people. So, one of the good things you can do is you can introduce activities. You can do little games, little quizzes, breakout sessions, all sorts of things to get people doing. Remember that so many of us are kinesthetic learners. We love to learn through doing. And, of course, when we do, it builds rapport. It builds confidence. You can start to see that build in your training sessions. So the more activities you can do, the better.
Little activities can include, of course, little icebreakers. I've got something that really helps with me. It's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire cards that I bought on Amazon. Just some good fun. Think about activities, plan activities in your sessions. Make sure that you've got that engagement. Activities are fundamental to engagement. Okay, I'm going to go now, I'm going to get ready for my trip to Manchester, and I shall catch up with you all soon. Just ponder this, when you train do you do activities? If not, you're not doing one of those fundamentals.
Scott Fraser is a Master Trainer at Target Training and delivers our PTT Train the Trainer courses and our Advanced PTT Train the Trainer courses. You can read more about him here.