Advanced Skills for the Practical Trainer

Duration: Offered as a 90 minute webinar or 2 days in class

Course Overview

Behind every spectacular training session is a lot of preparation and meticulous attention to detail. The truly skilled trainer can make a program exciting. The learners will have fun while they are learning if the facilitator is able to involve their emotions as well as their minds. You will see the involvement, and you will feel the energy.

To reach this stage as an adult educator isn’t always easy, but success isn’t just for the naturally gifted. It is possible for all of us who put effort into our personal growth and development. We want the enormous satisfaction that comes from working with others to help them reach their potential as human beings. This course will help you reach that goal.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate your understanding of learning styles and how to accommodate all four learning styles in the classroom
  • Apply the key principles of effective communication in a workshop setting
  • Use a variety of training techniques to stimulate participation
  • Develop a plan and prepare for an effective training session
  • Explain the different levels of evaluation and when to use each
  • Identify advanced interventions for difficult situations
  • Put your skills to work for a training presentation

Course Outline

1. Course Overview

2. Preparing to Learn

  • Pre-Assignment Review
  • Individual Reflection

3. Understanding Learning

  • The Trainer’s Role
  • Personal Skill Identification

4. Competencies for Adult Educators

  • Questionnaire
  • Making Connections

5. Accommodating Learning Preferences

  • The Learning Process
  • Preparing a Plan
  • Learning Styles

6. Your Expertise

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Design Considerations
  • Changing Points of View

7. Using Existing Materials

  • Customizing Courseware
  • Copyright Considerations
  • Over-Plan and Over-Prepare

8. Managing the Stress of Training

  • Easy De-Stressing Techniques
  • Building Resilience
  • De-Stressing in Class

9. Planning a Workshop

  • Preparing the Essentials
  • Planning for Success
  • Anticipating Challenges

10. Preparing Visual Aids

11. Your Role as an Effective Communicator

  • Leading a Discussion
  • Making Connections

12. Questioning as a Training Technique

13. Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluation

  • Level One: Reaction
  • Level Two: Knowledge Evaluation
  • Level Three: Transfer of Learning
  • Level Four: Impact Evaluation
  • Skill Application

14. On-the-Job Support

15. Dealing with Difficult Situations

16. Training in Different Forums

  • In Person or Not?
  • Limitations and Considerations

17. Team Teaching

  • What is Team Teaching?
  • Co-Facilitation Inventory

18. Training Preparation

19. Training Presentations

20. Personal Action Plan