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     There is a need for every leader/presentor, teacher/instructor, or coach to bring their "A" game to every sessions. To accomplish this, they should do their homework to prepare even if they have previously presented the same material.

Conveying Information     
      Creating a completely new presentation requires developing a detailed syllabus for every presentation that is scheduled.

     The following methods that are essential to conveying information involves making the task of communicating data/instructions a much more enjoyable experience, especially in longer presentations, is to keep members of the audience involved which helps them retain more information:

  • Make learning fun. Members of any audience, even highly motivated individuals, will lose their enthusiastic if sessions sessions are boring. Don't expect individuals to respond to or remember complicated concepts or theories if they expected to learn practical information about what they can do to get better results today. Use several different training methods to engage people in a variety of ways. Alternating the pace of each session helps to keep their interest at a high level.
  • Avoid monotone delivery in your presentation
  • Use humor. A presenters can make a point more effectively by using humor when presenting otherwise "dry", "boring" statistics or theories. However, it is usually best to avoid telling jokes, as humor is so subjective that you run the rise of offending someone in your audience and they shut down for the rest of the session. Personal, self-deprecating humor is the safest way to go.
  • Use attractive packaging. Use materials that are well-packaged and that communicate value. Professional packaging a presentation means using multimedia as a powerful tool of communicating.
  • Encourage participation. Make the session lively by engaging participants in the learning process. Excellent presenters rely on involving the audience in various methods of group participation. Learning occurs most readily when individual have positive feelings because they are encourage everyone to speak freely and candidly.
  • Build self-esteem. Every individual must understand how taking part will benefit them. Most training programs say they are designed to lift spirits, provide new skills to be productive or help them to live better lives. Create a win-win environment by using the training program to build the participants self-worth and self-esteem.
The Basic Foundation
      The basic foundation for a solid training session that runs efficiently and that conveys the necessary information for meeting the sessions goals. They also incorporate ways to begin improving training on the fly. In other words, you can’t go wrong by following these steps in every training session you run.
Proven techniques to conduct a successful training session include:
  • Tell trainees what you're going to cover. Introduce your session with a brief overview of the training subjects main points.
  • Provide a copy of the syllabus. Explain key points, go over policies, demonstrate procedures, and relate any other information they need to know.
  • Summarize what you told them. Conclude the opening overview.
  • Always provide a preview of what will be occurring in each session. Provide a PowerPoint handout. This practice creates a better learning environment by guiding trainees to know what to look for and what to remember. Explaining the purpose of the presentation helps to establish a more effective reception for the information.
  • Use as much hands-on training as possible. The most effective training uses all the senses to affect learning. Demonstrate and apply teaching points to create greater understanding and knowledge of the subject.
  • Frequently use short tests to acquire feedback. Such testing is for the benefit of the presenter to determine whether training/presentation achieved its goals.
  • Structure interaction time into all your sessions will serve to involve your audience. Ask participants to share their experiences with the training topic. Often individuals will have valuable information to contribute. Everyone will get more out of sessions by hearing about the experiences of others with the subject — and not just your lecture points. Hearing different voices also keeps sessions varied and interesting.
  • Repeat questions before answering them. This practice ensures that all participants hear the question is so they can make sense of your answer.
  • Analyze the session as you go. Always be on the lookout for what works best. When you discover a new technique or method that clicks with the group, note it on your training materials so it can be incorporated into the training outline to be used in future sessions.
  • Start on time and finish on time. Don't hold up class waiting for late arrivers. Run the class according to the schedule and don't get off topic. Opening up discussion among participants may lead to some pertinent tangents. Defer answering until the end of your presentation. Ask if there is enough interest to pursue a separate session on that topic, but stick to the lesson plan.
  • Put yourself in their shoes — or seats. Give frequent breaks, especially for half-day or all-day sessions.
  • Solicit feedback on the training session. Critiques work best when they are written and anonymous, unless a trainee volunteers to discuss his or her thoughts in person. Input is vital for making the next session — and the overall training program — more effective.
     All the best trainers demonstrate most of not all of the following attributes:
  • Good communicators. They speak well, express their thoughts clearly, and have an engaging presentation style.
  • Knowledgeable. They know their topic cold. They understand all the concepts and know all the details. They can answer questions thoroughly and at a level that trainees understand. If they ever unable to immediately answer a question, they know exactly where to go to get that answer and they promise to do so as soon as possible.
  • Experienced. They know what they are talking about. They have been in the field doing what they teach in training.
  • Good with people. Their personality styles may vary, but they enjoy working with people. They can engage groups of people and work with them to meet training goals.
  • Interested in learning. They recognize the value of learning in their own lives and want to help others learn. They find satisfaction in sharing with others the skills and knowledge they have acquired through hard work and persistence.
  • Patient. They understand that people learn in different ways and at different paces. They take the time to make sure each trainee understands what is going on and leaves training sessions with the skills and knowledge he or she came to acquire.
  • Open-minded. They respect other points of view and know that there are often many ways to achieve the same objectives. They do not assume they know everything, but instead are willing to listen to and learn from trainees.
  • Creative. They bring ingenuity and their own natural curiosity to the task of training. They create an environment in their training sessions that encourages learning and inspires trainees to reach beyond what they already know to explore new ideas and methods.
  • Well-prepared. They know their material, their objectives, and their plan of presentation. Check to see that any equipment you expect to use in training is in place and operational. Make sure that all supplies and supporting materials are available in the right quantities.
  • Flexible. They are able to adjust their training plan to accommodate their audience and still meet all training objectives.
  • Well-organized. Good trainers should be able to handle several tasks at once. They also should know how to manage their time, work, and practice their presentation so it fits into the allocated time slot.
 Source - How to Conduct an Effective Training Session


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