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Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course

Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Learning

Article Rating:::: 157 Ratings :::: Monday, November 21, 2011

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 mistakes that you are not aware off, carrying them out habitually. Some trainers realise such mistakes after years of suboptimum training while others don’t understand what is preventing their training courses to be successful.

The first step in combating mistakes is to know what they are. Your awareness of them combined with taking alternative actions will help you avoid damage. The following are 5 mistakes every trainer needs to avoid when providing a training course.

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10 Tips for Becoming an Interesting Trainer

10 Tips for Becoming an Interesting Trainer
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 116 Ratings :::: Monday, October 17, 2011

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.

Successful trainers know that to deliver a useful memorable course, they must make it engaging. They make sure that they are remembered as part of the process of teaching and helping others to stick to new skills and habits long after the course is delivered.

Over the years we have identified a critical set of techniques that help trainers become more interesting. These techniques are as follows.

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8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Learning

Article Rating:::: 331 Ratings :::: Monday, September 26, 2011

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 this is how you want to teach?

How about your past teachers? What did your favourite teacher do that made you interested in a particular topic? In fact some teachers are so effective in their teaching that they come to influence us for the rest of our lives, perhaps even going as far as following a career in the topic they taught.

It turns out that effective trainers have certain good habits that lead to their success. If you want to become a great trainer, all you need to do is to adopt these 8 habits. Let’s see what these habits are:

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Sales Exercise: Sales Pitch With FAB

Sales Exercise: Sales Pitch With FAB
Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Sales Skills, Marketing

Article Rating:::: 208 Ratings :::: Monday, June 27, 2011

In this exercise, delegates practice delivering a quick sales pitch. The structure of the pitch is based on the FAB methodology; Features, Advantages and Benefits. Most people miss the advantage and instead focus too much on features. This exercise helps them to understand the significance of benefits and advantages over features.

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Creativity and Sales Exercise: Sell a Lot of Stuff

Creativity and Sales Exercise: Sell a Lot of Stuff
Exercises, Presentation Skills, Marketing, Resource Management

Article Rating:::: 29 Ratings :::: Monday, February 14, 2011

This is a creativity exercise in a form of a template that you can customise in a variety ways. The format is that the group comes into possession of a large number of a certain used old product. The groups need to think of creative ways to sell them. Naturally, teams that can work together and use systematic creative methods have a higher chance to come up with novel ideas.

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Presentation Skills Exercise: Tell a Story

Presentation Skills Exercise: Tell a Story
Exercises, Body Language, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 56 Ratings :::: Monday, November 22, 2010

Good presentation skills and public speaking require multitude of skills; creativity, storytelling, creative slide design, engaging attitude, emotional content, effective non-verbal gestures and so on. Apart from good slide design, it is also important for presenters to focus on delivery skills to properly showcase what they show in the slides.

The modern practice of delivering presentations strongly encourages the use of images in slides. Hence, a presenter must be capable of showing an image and then deliver a key related message while the image is shown while using hand gestures, meaningful body posture, expressive arm placement and other non-verbal signals.

This exercise helps delegates to focus on this specific area and practice the skill.

 

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Effective Teaching Methods: One-Way Teaching

Effective Teaching Methods: One-Way Teaching
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Communication Skills, Presentation Skills, Learning

Article Rating:::: 152 Ratings :::: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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, information is exchanged in both ways. These methods are also known as content-centred or learner-centred activity. In practice, lectures are generally one-way and training courses are two-way.

The methods in each style are quite different but they both have their uses. Lectures are suitable for a large audience, where interaction is not possible or time consuming. Even though lectures are very useful as a teaching method, delivering a training course in the form of a lecture is not recommended as the training session could become boring and unproductive. This article explores the one-way instructional method and suggests solutions to make the experience more interactive or memorable without losing the benefits of a lecturing activity.

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Presentation Skills: Systematic Note Taking

Presentation Skills: Systematic Note Taking
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 53 Ratings :::: Friday, May 1, 2009

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 exercises encourage participation in learning environments where you are forced to use a one-way instructional method such as lecturing.

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Presentation Skills: Sharing Content

Presentation Skills: Sharing Content
Public Speaking, Exercises, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills

Article Rating:::: 48 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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 content and allows the audience to do something about what they have just learned. This helps them to go over the content quickly and also participate before the speaker moves  on to more complex topics. This exercise is an example of such an interactive pause delivered at the end of a lecture or a talk.

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How Memory Can Increase Your Training Effectiveness

How Memory Can Increase Your Training Effectiveness
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 48 Ratings :::: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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 delegates in the shortest amount of time and get maximum results. This requires a deep understanding of how learning and memory works in humans. Otherwise you could easily be wasting your time as your knowledge will not ‘sink’ into the minds of your delegates.

In this article you will be introduced to a set of core features of our short and long term memory and understand its direct impact on training which you can take advantage of to increase retention and learning.

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