This year has been extremely amazing, the trainings contract and speaking engagement have been coming in much more and faster than before. These few weeks continuously saw the training sessions lined up one after another. Thus, it provided me plenty of great opportunities to interact with so many people. I thank them ever so sincerely for the chance to share with them. It has made my work as a trainer and public speaker so worthwhile.
Throughout life, we seek improvement and progress. In order to attain greater advancement, we acquire attitudes, skills, techniques and strategies that will propel us towards our dreams. And behind the scene, within every lesson and workshop that you attend, is the person who ensures that you gain such competency, the Trainer.
When I was conducting the workshop, Train-The-Trainer, for a major government institution a few weeks ago, I stressed on the importance and responsibilities of the trainer. We are not here just to spend time nor pass the days. We are here to transfer the skills of competency, from a newbie to a ‘know-how’, from a know-how to an expert. We should seek to make this difference in our participants’ lives.
The 5 day training came to a most touching conclusion, where all of us, the participants-trainers and I, reaffirmed our commitment towards adding the value to our future participants and quality to our trainings. We had got to know each other better over these days of teaching, of practice and of sharing. I know in the deepest of my heart that they will emerge better trainers than before. They had shown that they had it in them.
The journey to become a trainer is by no means easy. While the ‘Trainer’ tag is easily pinned on, the expertise and effectiveness is hardly a god-given. It takes continuous learning, coupled with fine-tuning for betterment.
In a nutshell, here’s how you can master your training skills:
1. Get some experience in training. Being in the game is important, and experience is what is needed. You need to step into this industry first.
2. Get some humility to learn from your previous training experiences. Without humility, you can’t learn effectively.
3. Get reflective on how you can improve from your encounters, content delivery and training methodologies.
4. Get a mentor from the training industry who will coach you, share specific training techniques and help you work on your training skills intensively.
5. Get feedback from participants and observers. They can highlight ways where you can better appeal to them and enhance their learning.
6. Get creative. Experiment with ways to deliver your training so that you can discover your style of delivery.
7. Get on your feet! Nothing beats the power of taking action. Persistent action.
Here’s wishing you the very best in your training career!