10 habits of an effective trainer

1. Create an environment where participants feel comfortable talking to each other.Be sure to include some fun “get-to-know-you” games and activities to introduce participants to each other.

2. Consider the physical set-up of your training room. Can participants see each other, or are they sitting side by side in rows facing the front of the room? Is it possible to create a circle or a semi-circle?

3. Also be aware of your position in the room as you facilitate the training. If you stand in the front of the group for the entire training,it implies you command all the attention.

4. Remember that one way adults learn best is through discovery and experience. The less information you share and the more information they discover on their own, the more likely participants willretain important truths and principles.

5. Include a variety of activities which allow participants to share their life experiences and to learn from each other.

6. Be aware of time during group discussions. Allow enough time for good discussion, but also know you will most likely need to wrap up the discussion before groups have finished. Encourage participants to continue those discussions at meals or breaks.

7. Encourage everyone to participate. Divide into small groups for some activities and discussions to allow more individuals to share. Graciously ask dominant participants to allow others to speak.

8. Do your best to keep everyone on topic. If a question or comment is made that is unrelated to the topic you are discussing, give a brief answer and then say, “That’s a really good point/question. If anyone would like to discuss this question further, let’s talk about it over our break.”

9. Encourage participation by asking follow-up questions, encouraging others to add their thoughts to another’s comment, and acknowledging and validating the comments which are shared.

10. Share the training objective at the beginning of your training time. At the end of the session, call participants to action regarding what they have learned.

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