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A Crash Course How to Deliver Professional Training

You are a subject expert and you have decided to teach. Welcome to this crash course on training. You know your field well, but you are wondering what you should consider when it comes to training people. You could be engaging in a formal training course, or just informally training someone on the job. The principles are the same for both. Once you know how humans learn, you can deliver great training on anything. To run a great course, you need to get three things right...

 

Instructional Methods

When going through a training a course, you have a series of methods at your disposal that can help you transfer knowledge and skills at the right level.

An instructional method is defined by the process that you use to instructpeople on a particular topic. Each instructional method has its own use case with certain advantages and disadvantages.

In this guide, you will be introduced to a comprehensive list of such instructional methods that can help you choose the right method for your specific needs...

 

Train the Trainer Articles & Exercises

 

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...

 

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.”...

 

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. ...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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 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 ...

 

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...

 

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 ...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Think Music, Chess and Sports: Train Yourself to Train Others Better


Think Music, Chess and Sports: Train Yourself to Train Others Better

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Being a good trainer requires a set of skills. Like any other skill, you need to practice in order to get better at this skill. This is quite different from being good at the topic you are teaching. U...

 

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 ...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...
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