What Great Trainers Do: The Ultimate Guide to Delivering Engaging and Effective Learning

What Great Trainers Do: The Ultimate Guide to Delivering Engaging and Effective Learning

What Great Trainers Do: The Ultimate Guide to Delivering Engaging and Effective Learning

What Great Trainers Do: The Ultimate Guide to Delivering Engaging and Effective Learning

Synopsis

Corporate trainers are tasked with an awesome responsibility-helping individuals develop the skills they need to advance their careers and boost their organizations' bottom lines. It's a challenging job, but What Great Trainers Do is here to help-providing a proven structure for dynamic workshops along with surefire strategies for blending course content with fluid interaction. Readers will learn how to: Organize presentations for maximum impact - Use activities to connect participants to the content and each other - Create visual aids that reinforce key points - Fine-tune their delivery - Listen actively and read the group - Address questions and concerns - Make presentations interactive-involving learners early and often - Manage the tough moments - Handle resistance - Use debriefs, demonstrations, and deliberate practice to solidify performance, improve applicability, and make training stick - Adapt the course to fit the participants - Promote positive group process - And much more Great training doesn't happen by accident. Accessible and practical, What Great Trainers Do is a one-stop resource for reliable, repeatable learning results. "

Excerpt

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

——Henry Adams

The fundamentals of any discipline are skills that have been learned from exemplars, honed by mindful practice, and improved by disciplined innovation. in a master trainer, these skills are so deeply ingrained in the trainer’s behavior that they seem to be innate—yet they can be analyzed and learned by anyone committed to mastering the craft of training.

This book is based on the Craft of Training workshops that we and our colleagues delivered primarily at Fortune 500 corporations but also in smaller companies and numerous not-for-profit organizations. Over the last three decades, the workshop has undergone numerous revisions and endless tweaking.

In these pages you’ll learn how to lead dynamic workshops. in music, the term dynamics refers to the degrees of loudness that give expression and meaning to the notes that otherwise might sound mechanical. Dynamics provide the variety that helps the music live and breathe. So, too, the term dynamic in the field of training refers to an instructional method that energizes participants through a varied approach that invites lively participation and enhances the learning and retention of the workshop content.

Dynamic training is invigorated by group interaction. in contrast to one-to-one instruction, however, teaching groups of people creates a much more complex set of challenges. Within a group, each person’s learning is affected—for better or worse— not only by his or her own thought processes and emotions but also by the complex set of group interactions that influence the learning experience. Dynamic trainers . . .

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