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3 Train the Trainer Tips

Shifting your paradigm to a new perspective on what training can look like when it breaks the status quo of traditional education can be beneficial. As a result, you may find yourself on a discovery trail that will change how you train for remainder of your career. Here are a few tips to get you started with this new way of thinking about training.

 

1. TECHNOLOGY-FOCUSED VERSUS PARTICIPANT-CENTERED

Before technology became such a prominent aid in classroom training, instructors were typically using overhead transparencies and flipcharts as an adjunct to the training. Now that PowerPoint has more or less replaced those two media tools, we have ended up with an extreme overuse of slide presentations as a substitute for effective instruction.

Think of PowerPoint as an aid to the presentation, not the presentation itself. Shift the focus from dense slide presentations to your learners and their need to collectively engage with your materials in ways that will enhance their retention and comprehension of the information.

Your responsibility as an instructor is not just to deliver information and manage classroom time, it is to ensure that your group of learners walk away from your training having achieved the stated learning objectives.

In addition, it will also help if you create an enjoyable experience for them while they learn. It will make your job easier, and they in turn will learn better and faster. Encouraging social interaction in your classes will help to promote good feelings, camaraderie, team building, and less stress. When stress is lowered and people relax, they “upshift” to the neocortex part of the brain where learning becomes effortless and easy.

 

2. CONTENT VERSUS PROCESS

Content without process leads to poor learning results. For every 3-5 major concepts you introduce as new information, build in a process activity that allows learners to practice and integrate the ideas and concepts, make personal meaning from the information, and form associations with real-life situations and experiences.

It is a simple strategy that will empower learners and make them actively involved and motivated in the learning process. It also serves as a review of the material. The more people say and do in the classroom, the more they learn. Active learning trumps passive learning any day.

 

3. TRADITIONAL TRAINING VERSUS ACCELERATED LEARNING

Let’s dig a little deeper and bring the above two tips into a larger context and picture.

Traditional training and education tends to be:

  • materials-based
  • hierarchical
  • left-brain dominant
  • single-pathed
  • mechanistic
  • prescriptive
  • instructor-led
  • physically passive
  • word-driven
  • rigorous
  • linear
  • technology-centered
  • compartmentalized

It’s a system of training that has been commonly accepted as the standard in learning institutions since the invention of the printing press, and we learn in this way from the time we start school.

The term Accelerated Learning was coined by Colin Rose in the 1980’s and includes a broad spectrum of instructional techniques and learning methodologies. It is the most advanced instructional methodology today. The origin stems back to Professor Georgi Lozanov, the father of Accelerated Learning and a Bulgarian educator and psychiatrist who in the 1960’s developed “suggestopedia.”

Accelerated Learning has evolved over the decades, and is in many ways the opposite of traditional training. Accelerated Learning tends to be:

  • learner-centered
  • whole-brain oriented
  • multi-pathed
  • holistic
  • activity-based
  • visually stimulating
  • creative
  • contextual
  • joyful
  • interconnected
  • collaborative
  • results-based

But what is the tip you may ask? Study the field of Accelerated Learning to understand the underlying principles, and gradually start incorporating techniques that suit your personal style of training. In our opinion, Accelerated Learning is the missing link in our educational system and corporate training rooms.

What you will learn in our 2-day Train the Trainer course will revolutionize how you approach training. In 2 days, your will experience a paradigm-shift that will set you on a path that for many has been life-changing to their training profession. We encourage you to attend this course where you will learn the strategies and techniques that will catapult your training skills to a new level of efficacy.