How motivated are your Delegates
after your Training:
The art of training is the ability to thrust delegates from an unconscious incompetent state to become skilled in transferring the training back into the workplace.
1. Set goals for the Workplace:
Delegates must be aware from the start of the session how the training can be applied back into the workplace. As an Effective Trainer, you need to let them visualise themselves applying the lessons learned and the benefits to themselves if applied.
2. Ensure participation:
By getting the delegate actively involved in all discussions, role-plays, meaningful activities, even writing notes will keep their attention span. All of the activities done during the training must pertain to the topic and lessons of each to be highlighted. Never let adult delegates be involved in things that are stupid, silly or a waste of time.
3. Focus on attention levels:
A Successful Presenter never lets anything happen by chance. So, if you start noticing that the delegates are losing attention, fidgeting, clock-watching, yawning, whispering to each other, check if any of the following are causing this attention loss: room too hot or cold, the content too difficult or unclear, the session is too long, a lack of activities, their body clock requiring a break, etc. Be flexible to resolve the impasse. If you have their attention, continue with your training as you are doing things in sync with the delegate.
4. Adult education is all about adults:
Adults demand activities and involvement – as long as it is relevant. Adults enjoy fun, humour and activities that create learning as well as hold their attention. Adults have resources and experience that you can rely on which may assist in knowledge transfer. If they are disruptive during training in any way, never treat them in the same way you were treated at school or patronise them. Usually, the group will discipline the culprits where necessary.
5. Room layout:
The more comfortable the training room and environment, the more relaxed and comfortable the delegate will be and the more attention they will have. Ensure that the tables are positioned in such a way that is comfortable to view yourself and the front screen. Position the air-conditioner to a comfortable room temperature (usually 22 degrees but depending on the outside temperature). Chairs should be comfortable and in good condition. The screen should be positioned so everyone can see it with ease and not move their heads (due to obstacles) to view your slides.
6. Training should be fun:
Fun and humour help to put the delegate at ease and learning takes place easier and quicker than when they are stressed. For this to take place, the Trainer must be not be nervous but rather comfortable, confident and knowledgeable on his subject. To ensure fun during training, use activities that are relevant and pertain to the topic, e.g.: games, puzzles, props, competitions. Always reinforce the learning of the activity to tie-in with workplace, failing which they will perceive the activity as childish, frivolous and a waste of time which could assist in them judging the entire training as a time waster.