Training 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.

 

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Train the Trainer Articles & Exercises



   What Virtual Reality Can Do for Soft Skills Training

What Virtual Reality Can Do for Soft Skills Training

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The new age of virtual reality (VR) is upon us. We are still at early stages of VR development, but the field has shown a strong promise. Of all the new technologies that we are about to fully experie...


   Applications of Clock Buddies

Applications of Clock Buddies

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Back in 2013 we released a software tool on our website called Clock Buddies. Clock Buddies refers to a traditional tool used to pair people up in a classroom setting. Each person was given a blank sh...


   You Must Know the 10 Wrong Beliefs of Training by Heart

You Must Know the 10 Wrong Beliefs of Training by Heart

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In today's specialised world, many people are working hard to become an expert in something. Spending extensive time on any topic will turn a person into an expert in that subject just by sheer ac...


   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...


   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 cours...


   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...


   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...


   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...


   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...


   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...


   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...


   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.


   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 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 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...


   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 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 ...


   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...


   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...
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