Good learning implies maximum absorption, understanding and retention of the subject matter by the learner. It is not sufficient for you to be an expert in a subject to be able to train it effectively.
As a trainer or facilitator you need a practical working knowledge of training techniques, tools and methods which can be used to improve the delivery of your sessions, and which will enhance understanding and retention of new knowledge or skills, or the achievement of desired outcomes or change, as quickly as possible.
Here is our latest L&D Tip for you …
#3 Never stop researching your specialty area/s
To ensure you provide good qualify information to your learners you need in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of your specialty area/s. Don’t rehash the same materials over and over but continue to refresh your content with current information. Whatever your specialty area/s, you will need to understand the many aspects that bring the topic together, and developments in industries you deliver to. Continue to do thorough research to stay up-to-date. Today there are many helpful tools, e.g.: curation subscriptions, blogs, YouTube videos, TED Talks etc. You research will have some interesting talking points to share with your learners before, during and after the training event.
#2 Your workshop is just part of the learning process
Real learning happens in the workplace. Your workshop provides the skills, knowledge or techniques to enhance performance – but remember the real learning happens when applied. So, consider what materials and activities to use before and after workshop to maximise the learning experience and application.
#1 Pick your specialty areas, don’t be a general practitioner!
While you might think that covering a broad spectrum of knowledge is the best way to reach the wider market, don’t try to be a ‘jack of all trades’ or a general practitioner. Choose an area you feel comfortable with and passionate about to stand out as a authority in this particular niche.
You are then more able to keep current in this field and provide more relevant and useful information to your learners. Your clients or stakeholders will gravitate towards you as the right person to delivery their training in these areas. Focus on a specific set of skills and master those skills.