The All-Star Trainer
Always shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you'll still end up among the stars.
That piece of advice holds very true not only in training but in life as well. By striving for perfection or self-achievement, we can make all of our efforts "star" activities.
And yet we see so many training sessions and other general business activities that simply fall short of their mark. The sad part of most of these failures is that with just a little more effort, a bit more preparation, or a few more minutes of planning, the activity could have been an excellent one.
When you really think about an extraordinarily well-done effort, all it is really is an ordinary task with just a bit of "extra" effort. This is what the "All-Star Trainer" is all about.
We've all been involved in attending training sessions, service club meetings, small group meetings, and other types of gatherings in which we listen to a speaker. Some sessions go well; some go very poorly. What makes the difference?
In a word, it's the trainer.
This chapter will build the foundation of the All-Star Trainer by offering a visual aid for those of you who might also be involved in training other trainers. We will explore some basic elements for the all-star and also discuss those traits exhibited by a "falling star." By looking at those personal qualities of an effective instructor, you will learn which items are most looked for as described by participants in actual training situations.
What separates the star from one who is mediocre? What makes one instructor's classes always "fill" while a colleague talks to a half-empty room? In brief, what goes into building a star trainer?
The key words are the three Bs—Base, Blend, and Brighten.