training cannot be improvised. Support design
educational to post-training follow-up, of course, through animation
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a methodology and the acquisition of techniques to be more effective. here is
So 10 techniques to animate your next training session…
This article is taken from the trainer training materials “Design and deliver training effectively” from our certification course “Creation and development of a training activity”.
Consultants who wish to enter the profession of occasional trainer and who do not yet have a training organization can read our article “Creation of training organizations” which will help them in their declaration of activity.
Upstream adult training: take into account the methods
Learning in adults is not the same as in children (necessarily), if you want to become a trainer for adults, it is important not to copy the learning methods that you may have encountered during your school career.
An adult will learn and assimilate new skills
- Make the link with his daily life;
- Accepts educational objectives;
- Act and commit;
- Has feedback;
- Is part of a group,
- Feel the pleasure of learning;
- Is in a comfortable environment.
1: Prepare the animation of your professional training well
Before your face-to-face training, you
there are several things to watch out for.
Already, correctly understand the needs of your learners
to prepare the supports accordingly. Intra-company training (with
participants from the same company) and inter-company training (
participants from different companies), do not prepare in the same way.
The supports will have to be adapted and for that, you must
perform a needs audit by exchanging upstream with the decision-makers of
the training action and of course the future participants.
In according to educational objectives that one you
gives, you mount a training program that meets these.
The more exchanges you have with your future interns,
the best are the program, the training plan and the teaching methods.
2: The educational process or educational scenario
When you go to design training,
for a better assimilation of skills, you will have to mix and well
choose the learning methods : expositive (a presentation of
trainer), demonstrative (concrete demonstration of
things to do by the trainer) and application (situation setting of
learners via practical cases for example).
Depending on these methods, you have at your disposal
a certain number of teaching tools to organize the course of your
Examples of demonstrative activities: presentation
Examples of application activities: work in
subgroup, role play, case study, application exercise …
It is important to vary the type of activity as much as possible.
your training modules so as not to tire learners and keep them in
educational awakening condition.
Think active pedagogy!
To do this, even before doing our training support, we create
a document of educational process specifying timing, teaching techniques
used and the supports of each training sequence. Each of your sequences must be optimized
according to its educational objectives.
Attention, as part of a certified training, think
to respect the skills standards of professional certification
for which the training is preparing.
3: The highlights of adult training
A training action will be divided into several
2: The start of training;
3: The course of training;
4: The closing of the training session.
Each of its highlights must be optimized.
Pre-communication will be used to give
information, collect the training needs of participants and
involve them so that they arrive in the best possible conditions
possible for optimum learning. Even if the prerequisites are supposed to be
verified before signing the training, the pre-communication can
also check again that the prerequisites to follow the
training are met.
For my part, for example, I send a document before the training with a presentation of the trainer, an invitation to join a self-help group, the presentation of our certification, some practical exercises to be more effective on D-Day and a lexicon of terms that will be used during the training.
The start of training will be a moment
important. It’s about making the participants comfortable and setting up a
a climate conducive to learning from the start.
The course of training will be optimized by mixing
different activities, involving the maximum of participants and having
an effective educational process. The content of the training will be divided into
training sequences for better assimilation of targeted skills
Closure / end of training will have to assess the
acquired knowledge (evaluation of knowledge / validation of knowledge), summarize
what has been seen and collect feedback from participants (assessment of
4: The SAVI method an animation tool to keep in mind
The SAVI method guides the professional trainer
in his interventions. Does she help him become a good trainer?
S to Secure learners: at start-up, during
the internship and at the end of the internship.
A to make them actors in their training: by
regularly involving, reflecting, acting …
V to value them: by taking into account their
interventions and reformulation.
I to involve them: in the achievement of their
To summarize, the objective of this method is to have a
helping attitude towards your learners.
5: Training materials
Powerpoint and slides, paperboard, posters
with key information, videos, digital learning… The supports of
training must be cared for, meet the training objectives, help
the trainer to lead but especially not to replace him.
Creating good training materials takes a lot
of time, both spent researching and creating the media in them
even. Prepare them long before your intervention, do not
eve for the next day 🙂
Also, feel free to use the new tools
digital to make your media more interactive.
Similarly, between each training session, be sure to
update and optimize them based on feedback from interns
Good support is NEVER finished!
6: The place of training
The training location will
play an important role in the smooth running of your training actions and for
capturing your audience.
When we organize a training session, it’s always
a delicate aspect. The rooms must be often reserved for a long time
in advance without the independent trainer having a precise vision of the number of
Over time, we come to appreciate better and better but it
must we make sure to do the best for the first training?
Otherwise, apart from its capacity, the
training should ideally be:
- Easily accessible by transport;
- Equipped: video projector, tables, chairs…;
- Calm: conducive to concentration.
Pay attention to the environment;
Also think about ERP regulations when you book a room. An example of a site where you can rent training rooms: Bird-office.com.
7: Control your verbal and non-verbal communication
The transmission of
knowledge, skills and interpersonal skills will be impacted by the way that communicates
the trainer as well as his postures.
teacher trainer you must master your different communications:
1: Verbal communication (the substance of the message: words, language, etc.);
2: Non-verbal communication (which is not related to words but can be seen);
3: Para-verbal communication (what is around the words).
The clarity of your words, your body language, your voice …
will impact these 3 communications.
Conducting training well requires taking it into account and work on these three aspects. Trainer training can help.
8: Mix teaching methods and tools
The animation of a training requires
upstream to prepare a maximum of activities for promote learning. You must mix the teaching methods and tools made available to
Carousel, game of questions, fun activities, card
mental, practical cases, virtual class, speaking of participants,
brainstorming, mind maps…
There is no shortage of methods. Remember to document yourself on
the different possible activities and adapt them to the situation and to your
trainer consultant profile. You must have in your possession a box
with tools ready to be used during your training.
You can also for your face-to-face training, offer an advanced training module in distance learning, webinar or virtual classes, in blended learning mode for more interactivity.
It is essential to mix learning strategies.
9: Create a favorable climate for
The training climate will largely depend on the
former, his way of managing the group and the relationship he creates with
the participants. The role of trainer requires taking care of a certain number
For group facilitation, the trainer thus ensures:
1: Create a quality social environment;
2: Promote the exchange of points of view between the participants;
3: Intervene when necessary in relationships that are created;
4: Adopt the right distance regardless of the personalities of each;
5: Manage difficult situations if necessary.
He must be available, pleasant, attentive and take care to
verbal and non-verbal communication (see above).
10: The 4 key tools of the trainer
Beyond the animation techniques of
classical training, listening, reformulation, questions and
feedbacks are the 4 key tools of the consultant trainer.
listening helps you understand the learner for better
get the messages you want. Leave your judgments aside
and be empathetic.
Reformulation allows you to clarify and you
make sure you understand your contact. She also gives insurance
to the learner that their point of view is well understood. It’s essential.
The questions aim to help
trainees to reflect and start discussion on a subject related to the program
Feedbacks, meanwhile allow
participants to progress and become aware of their strengths and
weaknesses. The training consultant does not, however, assess the
person in himself during the practice of his trade.
To go further in your trainer activity
If you ask yourself the question ” How to become a good trainer? “And you want to go further in learning training facilitation techniques and follow our training of trainers, I invite you to go to the page detailing the program of our two certifications:” Creation and development of a training activity ”and“ Design and promotion of a digital training offer ”. You will have all the keys for a successful training activity! You will also benefit from integration into a group of independent trainers.
And if you are still looking for a good reason to train as a trainer, discover our article “8 good reasons to follow a trainer training”
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