There is more to conducting a training then simply coming up with the course content. You need to set objectives and make a plan of how you wish for the training to proceed. Most importantly, you need to keep your attendees engaged or your training will bear no results. Here are some tips on how you can retain the attention of your trainees:
Developing your plan
Be clear from the start about what you would like your students to learn, and write down the outcomes that will be met by the end of the course. This will help focus your attention on your priorities and allow your students to see what they are aiming for. Once this is done, you can design a plan for the training which is in line with these outcomes.
Essentially you need to introduce your topics first before asking students to work on them and make sure that the content flows in a logical manner throughout the day. For example, if the focus of your training is to improve your employee’s abilities to generate new business ideas, do not just throw them a topic and get them to think. You should bring them through a brainstorming session before leaving them to their discussion. Edit out repetitive parts or those which try to squeeze in too much information in a short space of time, as you don’t want your participants to feel overwhelmed.
Set aside time to do a pilot of the training programme or run through it with a colleague before finalising the plan.
This is the area which often falls short on training days, so make sure you avoid the trap of just reading from a PowerPoint presentation or your notes. Content should be delivered through a variety of methods, bearing in mind that people learn in different ways. It would be beneficial to use media such as video, sound or pictures to get your points across.
Get the participants up and moving at points in the day where there might be a dip in energy, such as after lunch. There are plenty of options for doing this: having a ‘walk and talk’ discussion for 15 minutes, sending teams of participants off to find information in the area, or by setting up a treasure hunt type activity in the training room. Group competitions can also be very engaging, as a competitive edge usually adds excitement to the training process.
Apart from traditional methods such as role play, you can add in some fun through the element of surprise. One way is to have a mystery guest arrive who appears to disrupt the course whilst acting out a scenario key to the learning process. This can then be revealed for what it is and the group can give feedback on what they learnt.
Your delivery style
You are not expected to change your personality to become an energetic trainer if this is not your style, but do bear in mind that your intonation affects your listeners. Be sure to give concise instructions and aim to hand over the talking to the participants for the majority of the time.
It is also particularly important to consider the location of your training room rental as this will affect how many people attend on the day. Choosing a space which is located in the Central Business District and easily accessible by MRT will make it easier for your team to attend.
Finally, it is a common mistake to misplace something vital like your presentation files or connection wire to the programme. So be sure that you take time the day before to check that you have prepared all materials necessary and be ready to be taken with you on the day itself.