Off-Ice Practice Policies
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.
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
respond to or remember complicated concepts or theories if they
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
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
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
speak freely and candidly.
The Basic Foundation
- 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 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
- 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
is for the benefit of the presenter to determine whether
training/presentation achieved its goals.
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.
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
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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.
Code and Personal Appearance Policy All
Dress Code and Personal Appearance Policy. All athletic training
education program students are expected to conduct themselves in a
professional manner at all times, including neat personal appearance
and attire. This is a necessary component for preparation for a career
in athletic training.
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