What are your top strategies for making classroom training a success? Jennifer Clark, procurement services training manager, University of Alabama, described three roles that good trainers should portray. She explained, “In my opinion, a good trainer is part showman, part talk show host, and part subject matter expert. It takes all three of these roles to get the participants engaged, make them comfortable in the environment, and impress upon them the importance of the material.”
Following are Jennifer’s training strategies in her own words...
Being a Showman
The first thing to focus on is getting and keeping participants’ attention. I find it helpful to incorporate several tactics to combat the dreaded head bob:
Make the slides fresh and appealing. Standard PowerPoint templates make it easy to put the information on the screen, but they are hardly memorable. I try to use lots of images and minimal text. No one wants to hear a trainer simply read the slides anyway.
Start on a good note. I’ve had great results from playing music before class, using silly animations (sparingly please!), or passing around real-world examples.
Anecdotes and Examples
Keep things upbeat and lively by including ample anecdotes and examples. Tailor the scenarios to fit the audience. It is much easier for participants to remember information if you can help them conceptualize how it applies to their jobs.
Work in opportunities for audience participation—anything that sets the mood for a fun, informative session.
About the Author
Blog post author Lynn Larson, CPCP, is the founder of Recharged Education. With more than 15 years of Commercial Card experience, her mission is to make industry education readily accessible to all. Learn more…