Train the Trainer Tutorials

Introduction

Train the Trainer Tutorials

Welcome to our train the trainer guidelines. Here you will find a series of articles, case studies, examples and analysis of various training methodologies that allow you to improve your training delivery.

Teaching is a skill separate from the subject domain. If you are in the training industry and consider training people your career, you will gain enormously by focusing on improving your training delivery, sometimes even much more than focusing on improving your technical skills.

Teaching is directly related to how people learn and your knowledge in this area can help you transfer more of your knowledge to others with less effort.

Recent extensive research on learning and training has significantly improved the quality of training courses in comparison with what they used to achieve in the past. However, the research and the associated guidelines are not as popular as one hopes.

Here, at Skills Converged, it is our intention to share these guidelines with you. Along with our training materials, we believe that your impeccable training delivery can make a difference and improve people’s lives around the world.

We share these guidelines in a number of ways. You can find a series of training articles here to study in your own time. Each resource will help you explore a particular topic along with links to other content that allow you to explore it in more depth.

We also provide a Train the Trainer Self-Study Course that systematically explores different aspects of training. We recommend that you start with this course as each lesson guides you to various resources and articles on this site. We have designed this course in a way that can be your starting point to get the most from our content.

The index of articles are provided below.

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   The Results of Our Training Questionnaire

The Results of Our Training Questionnaire

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A while back we sent you a questionnaire with a series of questions on how training courses are conducted. The aim was to develop an insight on how training courses are run across the world and to ult...


   Learning Exercise: Rewind the Course

Learning Exercise: Rewind the Course

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This is an effective exercise to help delegates review the topics covered in the course systematically at the end of a course. It is designed to be participatory rather than competitive and the main a...


   6 Critical Areas to Consider before Running any Training Exercise

6 Critical Areas to Consider before Running any Training Exercise

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To run a successful face-to-face training course, you will need to go through several training exercises. These exercises can be critical in making the training more effective. Unfortunately, many ...


   If Your Training is Not Working, You are Not Doing This One Thing

If Your Training is Not Working, You are Not Doing This One Thing

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In a Customer Service Skills course: The trainer starts by explaining the principles of customer service. He gets excited and is carried away by explaining more. Delegates meanwhile are quietly lis...


   Why People Forget What They Learn in a Training Course and How to Address It

Why People Forget What They Learn in a Training Course and How to Address It

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Imagine attending a training course which at the time you thought was fine and covered a good range of content that you didn’t know about. Sometime later, your colleague asks you about the course and ...


   Training Technique: Combined Ranking

Training Technique: Combined Ranking

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When delivering training courses, sometimes you need to get the delegates go through an exercise that involves sorting cards. Card sorting is a training activity where you get the delegates to think a...


   8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

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What is the secret to becoming a successful trainer? What makes a trainer stand out from the competition? Have you ever attended a course that you were so impressed by the trainer that you thought t...


   Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course

Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course

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Some mistakes are small and irrelevant while some have bigger but yet manageable consequences. There are however some mistakes that can bring your entire training career down. These are often mistak...


   Learning Exercise: Recall Training

Learning Exercise: Recall Training

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This is a handy end-of-the-course exercise that helps reinforce learning by reminding the delegates of what they have learned during the course. A summary is produced during this exercise which can al...


   10 Tips for Becoming an Interesting Trainer

10 Tips for Becoming an Interesting Trainer

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No one can argue that being an interesting trainer is a quality that will almost always guarantee successful training sessions. No one wants to spend a training day listening to a boring trainer. ...


   Train the Trainer Exercise: Pause and Check Feelings

Train the Trainer Exercise: Pause and Check Feelings

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This is a simple activity that helps you understand how your delegates feel as well as making them reflect on their own state of mind.


   How to Use Icebreakers

How to Use Icebreakers

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An opening exercise such as an icebreaker is useful to start up a training session. As the name suggests, icebreakers are designed to “warm up” the session. It is important to note that delegates need...


   5 Useful Methods to Increase Attention and Focus

5 Useful Methods to Increase Attention and Focus

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Humans have evolved to focus their attention on what matters most. To navigate a complex environment, we have ended up with a kind of brain that vigorously filters out unnecessary information. This fi...


   How to Become a Master Trainer by Learning from Master Gamers

How to Become a Master Trainer by Learning from Master Gamers

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Imagine delivering a training course to delegates who are half sleep. Is there any point in carrying on? Sure enough, you still get paid for the current session; but surely that’s not your only ...


   Presentation Skills: Systematic Note Taking

Presentation Skills: Systematic Note Taking

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This is another Interactive Pause exercise used during a lecture or talk to help the participants to quickly go over the content they have just been thought and record the key points. These kinds of e...


   5 Steps to Improve Your Training

5 Steps to Improve Your Training

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Modern methodologies on training such as the TAP program, Accelerated Learning, or other top-of-the-range accredited train-the-trainer programs are based on the fundamental theory of Cognitive Train...


   How Memory Can Increase Your Training Effectiveness

How Memory Can Increase Your Training Effectiveness

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Just about everybody is involved in either teaching or learning or both. If you are a trainer, your job is highly biased towards the teaching side which means you need to understand how to train your ...


   Why Knowledge of Andragogy Can Improve Training

Why Knowledge of Andragogy Can Improve Training

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Andragogy is essentially the science of understanding lifelong adult learning. The theory was developed by Malcolm Knowles in 1960s and the term has since come to name the field of adult learning. ...


   Memory Exercise: Recap on Lessons Covered So Far

Memory Exercise: Recap on Lessons Covered So Far

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This exercise helps to refresh delegates’ memory about what you just taught them. It encourages them to think about the training lessons covered so far and make a few statements about what they have...


   Recap Exercise: Visualise What You Learned Today

Recap Exercise: Visualise What You Learned Today

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Research has long shown that visualisation can lead to better recall and learning. As a trainer, you can exploit visualisation to your advantage. One area where visualisation is useful is when recap...


   The Seven Techniques of Learning to Learn

The Seven Techniques of Learning to Learn

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“Everything is easier than you think. If you believe otherwise, you are setting yourself up for a hard life.” Learning should not be as hard as you think. There is a method to the art...


   What You Must Absolutely Know About Reinforcement Learning

What You Must Absolutely Know About Reinforcement Learning

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We all know from experience that there seems to be a connection between reward and learning. We see it clearly in children; “Honey, you can watch one more hour of TV tonight if you clean your room.”...


   Energiser: Wake Them Up

Energiser: Wake Them Up

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It is just after lunch and you are about to teach a new theory to your delegates. Ideally you should not cover this after lunch but you have had no choice. You notice that delegates are falling sleep....


   How to Increase Commitment After Delivering a Training Course

How to Increase Commitment After Delivering a Training Course

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During a training course several topics are often covered. Each of these topics leads to a number of actions that will help improve delegates’ behaviour or skills in the future. However, many of th...


   Comprehension Exercise: Reciprocal Teaching

Comprehension Exercise: Reciprocal Teaching

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Reciprocal teaching is a technique used by trainers and teachers to facilitate understanding a piece of text. It is designed to promote comprehension by looking at a text from several different angles...


   Clock Buddies: Find Your Number 7 Partner

Clock Buddies: Find Your Number 7 Partner

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Suppose you want to pair up your delegates. The usual way is that you just give a simple instruction such as “partner with the person on your left”. What if in another exercise you want to...


   How to Write a Speech to Get Maximum Results

How to Write a Speech to Get Maximum Results

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If there is one thing less appealing than giving a public talk is giving a bad one. If you haven’t prepared your speech don’t have high expectations. Experience shows that giving a speech without pr...


   Answer Correctly or Get Eliminated

Answer Correctly or Get Eliminated

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At the end of each training session, it is ideal to test delegate’s knowledge about the topics covered during the session. You can make the process more entertaining by making the test feel like a gam...


   How to Avoid Bad Reflective Questions

How to Avoid Bad Reflective Questions

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Some questions are meant to increase our awareness about where we are and encourage us to learn from our experience. However, the way a question is formulated can make a huge difference in what you ...


   What Does it Really Mean to Look into the Future

What Does it Really Mean to Look into the Future

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We all do this, think about our future and asking ourselves how we can improve it. That is a fair question and indeed makes perfect sense for a forward looking progressive society. Unfortunately, i...


   Presentation Skills: Sharing Content

Presentation Skills: Sharing Content

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This activity is useful as an add-on to lectures, talks or presentations to make them more interactive and memorable. An interactive pause used during or after a lecture stops the current flow of cont...


   Train the Trainer Exercise: Review Learning

Train the Trainer Exercise: Review Learning

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Use this exercise to help the delegates review what they have learned in the course. The aim is to make the review process entertaining and memorable. It is also designed to be competitive so that the...


   Give Positive Affirmations on Training

Give Positive Affirmations on Training

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At the end of a training course, you should always allocate time so that delegates can review what they have learned in the course so you can get a chance to reinforce key lessons. In addition, this i...


   How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance

How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance

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You are an expert in your field. The management is very impressed with your skills and wants you to share it with others. You have been asked to give a talk to your fellow colleagues or anyone else in...


   Six Proven Techniques to Boost Your Mental Powers

Six Proven Techniques to Boost Your Mental Powers

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As a successful trainer, you must be able to perform at your best every time you provide a training course. Your aim is not only to teach a given subject to delegates, but to also entertain them and m...


   How to Become a Great Trainer

How to Become a Great Trainer

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It is well known that presenting is different from training. A good trainer focuses on delegates and his intention is to transfer a set of skills to them. In contrast a presenter is interested to repo...


   Effective Teaching Methods: One-Way Teaching

Effective Teaching Methods: One-Way Teaching

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Instructional methods can be divided into one-way and two-way methods. In the one-way method, the direction of the information is from the instructor to the audience. In the two-way method, informatio...


   Three Minutes Pause

Three Minutes Pause

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To reduce learner passivity and increase interaction and reflection, a technique known as the “Three Minutes Pause” is very useful. The idea is that after covering a topic or a complex con...


   Top 5 Training Myths

Top 5 Training Myths

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It is easy to come across statements that sound scientific or logical. It is one thing to hear them; another to pass them on as a trainer. Unfortunately, over the years a few statements seem to have...


   Learning Exercise: Anonymous Review

Learning Exercise: Anonymous Review

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This exercise takes advantage of social proof to illustrate the importance of topics learned during the course. It is ideal to run this exercise at the end of a course to review what has been covered....