Kognitif Training Clinic – Session 1: The Presenter’s Pack
Hi I’m Jonathan Peck. Welcome to your first class.
Have you ever experienced a cringe moment in a training session? A moment where it really feels like the instructor is losing the class? Or have people walked out on you, when you’ve been presenting?
It’s scary, and it can happen to anyone. Your audience is tuning out and you have a nagging sense that your course is not meeting their expectations. Or worse. You’re not meeting their expectations.
What can you do about it?
- Plough on regardless? (If you do, your evaluation sheets might not be pleasant.)
- Attempt a change of pace, or start a discussion? (This might work, but it’s risky if you’re not in control, or don’t have alternative activities prepared.)
I believe there are ways of ensuring this never happens to you. The key lies in preparation. Not just obvious things; preparing effective slides or rehearsing your presentation. But preparing your course and yourself.
How? Well the rest of the clinic will explain in detail, but two preparation skills stand out:
- Being able to explain who your training is for, being clear on what your audience needs to know or be able to do. (Yes! This actually prevents awkward moments!)
- Knowing how to read body language, and drawing on your own personality to create a genuine, two-way dialogue with your class.
OK, these things might sound obvious, but the best qualified trainers can get them wrong. I know I’ve attended classes where the presenter has entertained and done all the talking, but I still walked away wondering why I’d attended.
So, how can you ensure your classes are always engaging and effective?
With three p’s – principles, practice and preparation. And that’s what this clinic is all about; helping you turn the three p’s into your personal mantra.
Enjoy this first bulletin, you’re on the way to being the best trainer you can be!
This month’s class: The Presenter’s Pack
In this first bulletin we’re sharing our Presenter’s Pack. In the pack you’ll find a video and a series of short podcasts, or ‘Two Minute Tips’. Watch the video first. It’s a training session that’s not going well; ‘Phil’, the instructor, is definitely losing his class’s attention. You’re bound to empathise with him, whether you’ve been presenters or participants in sessions like his.
At the end of the video, consider this question:
How can you ensure your sessions are never like Phil’s?
The Two Minute Tips beneath the video explore some answers.
Part 1: The Video
“Hi, I’m Phil. I’ve developed a brief movie demonstrating all the bad training practices I’ve observed over the years. Take a look – you’ll see I’m disturbingly talented at bad training!
When the movie is finished, open each of the Two-Minute Tips below. The tips will help you avoid my mistakes and get energy back into your training courses. Each tip is based on the movie, but can be applied to almost any face to face training. Enjoy!”
Part 2: Two-Minute Tips
Click on each Two-Minute Tip in sequence. Take note of the tips, and if you can, start implementing them in your training preparation over the next few weeks. They may prompt you to ask questions, so fire away – share your own thoughts and observations in the Reply form under the tips. Of course, tips are just tips. They’ll prompt your thinking, but it’s practice that makes perfect.
Let us know what you think of our tips! What further advice would you offer Phil? (Use the form below)
Over the next six months we’ll explore each of the tips in turn, in master classes that you can do on your own.
… next month’s module
Next month we’ll look at one of the fundamental skills of training, writing learning objectives. So often, poor training results from a very basic mistake – failing to document the measurable skills you want your participants to walk away with at the end of your session.
You’ll be able to download Part 1 of our 60-page masterclass on writing learning objectives. You’ll learn simple, practical techniques that you’ll start using straight away. See you then!