Presenting and training to a group are the same aren’t they? Things to know if you are asked to train when you are not a trainer.

trainerI come across many different people in the line of my work and many of the business owners I meet are often asked to deliver training and one to one coaching to their clients. This is especially the case if they work in a service industry i.e. social media provision, website design and maintenance, IT, HR services, business consultancy. The challenge with this is recognising that training a client or group of clients is not the same as presenting to them. Sure, there are some similarities…

  1. You need to be focused on the needs of the audience and learners
  2. You need to think about the outcomes of the presentation or training session
  3. You need to deliver in a participatory and engaging way
  4. You need to craft your material so that it is easy to understand and even easier to recall
  5. You need to build a rapport and connection between you and the listeners.

But here are some important differences about running a training session:

  1. Your audience are learners and your outcomes need to be about the learning they undertake…what will they be able to do or know at the end of your session
  2. Learners learn in different ways and your session will be structured and delivered to address those learning methods and needs
  3. You will need to build in some measure of the learning into the session i.e. how will you know that they have learned what you need them to?
  4. Learning is not the only outcome you are aiming for…as the trainer you need to be focused on how the learners will apply that learning back in the workplace or back in the real world! What results will they be able to achieve as a result of the learning?
  5. The timescales of the learning are above and beyond the training session itself. You will be looking at how the learning will be applied and what support people will need after the session.
  6. While all presentations should be participatory, training sessions in particular should allow learners to DO some things, REFELCT and OBSERVE, UNDERSTAND the key principles and plan to APPLY the learning. All of which means lots of participation…less talking from you and more involvement of them.

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