Magazine article Talent Development

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Magazine article Talent Development

Community. (T+D Online)

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Trainer Selection: Help!

I'm in the final stages of interviewing for a trainer. I have four candidates and would like to observe their training styles and abilities. Any ideas on an assignment, which each could work on and deliver as a short presentation?


An effective technique for observing a trainer's style is to assign him or her a simple topic to instruct. One of the best topics I've used is how to peel an orange: The trainer is handed an orange and given five minutes to prepare a five- to 10-minute presentation to the group on effective ways to peel an orange. That exercise allows the trainer to demonstrate his or her ability to improvise and lead a class.

I've found that the presentation given with the least amount of time allotted for preparation is a great indicator of overall skill.


Whenever I interview trainers, I always ask them to be prepared to present on a topic of their choice for a 15- to 20-minute timeframe. …

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