Training Delivery

by Terry Wilkinson

Common questions

  1. How do I prepare to do a training?
  2. How can I make a boring subject interesting?
  3. How can I control my nerves?
  4. How should I set up the room?
  5. What handouts should I prepare?

 

1. How do I prepare to do a training?

Find out about your audience.

  • What do they want, and what do they need to leave with?
  • What do you have in common with them that you can use to relate to them?

Plan your training from the outside in. That is, start with the overall length of time and divide it up into beginning, topics and ending.

  • Include activities and breaks.
  • Do not try to cover too much material. Attendees will remember less than if you had covered less.
  • Prepare yourself mentally so you are in a good state to deliver your training.

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2. How can I make a boring subject interesting?

This is perhaps the wrong question. Better to ask, ‘How can I make the training interesting so the delegates remember what is given to them?’

You can do this with stories, activities and lively discussions. Focus your attention on delivering an interesting training, whatever the subject matter.

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3. How can I control my nerves?

Nerves are a result of anxiety, which is a fear of a future event turning out badly. When you think of the training, imagine it turning out well. Specifically, imagine looking back on the training from a time just after it has successfully finished and people are thanking you for a brilliant training. Try this, and notice the anxious feelings evaporate.

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4. How should I set up the room?

There is no ‘right’ way to set up a room. The setup will depend on the shape of the room, any fixed equipment, such as screens and projectors, the number of people and so on.

Once you know the restrictions of the room itself, imagine the training in progress. What kind of atmosphere is there? How are people relating? Where is the focus of the activity?

As you imagine the training in your mind, change the way people are placed about the room. Some arrangements will support the atmosphere you want, others will detract from it.

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5. What handouts should I prepare?

Consider what the handouts will be used for:

  • Are they for future reference?
  • Are they to be used during the training and then binned?
  • Do they need to fit with other training or information materials?

You will often find that you need to provide some clear notes for future use. These need to be designed so that facts that people need to know can be found easily, even years after the training.

You may well produce some separate course notes that are useful just for the course, with activity briefings and so on.

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