Ok let’s talk about it, we have all experienced it, and we all loath it – The horrible training session!
Whether it was a lecture at school, an in-house training session, or an expensive professional development session, some of them are terrible. The kind where the clock actually stops ticking and you resort to counting the dots on the ceiling tiles. I once counted 3864, so I am speaking from experience!
What can be done about this problem of terrible training? John Wellwood in his article, How to deliver a training course in 14 easy steps, addresses this problem. The 14 lessons, recommended by Wellwood, are as follows:
Lesson 1) Send out pre-work or communicate the aims or objectives for the day
Lesson 2) Ensure students receive a warm and friendly welcome
Lesson 3) Lay the room out to be comfortable and effective
Lesson 4) Introductions are essential
Lesson 5) Keep your insecurities to yourself
Lesson 6) Project your voice
Lesson 7) Build up to the complex stuff
Lesson 8) Ensure your examples add clarity, rather than muddying the waters
Lesson 9) Reading from a slide is not presenting
Lesson 10) Your hand-outs must add value
Lesson 11) Be dynamic and engaging
Lesson 12) If something goes wrong, own it
Lesson 13) Take your lead from the delegates
Lesson 14) Summarize!
This is an excellent checklist to start your training delivery on the right track and keep it there. Whether you are a student doing an in-class presentation or an experienced trainer, keep John Wellwood’s training checklist in mind, so your participants are not counting the ceiling tiles!
- Think about the last training session you attended. Did the presenter follow Wellwood’s 14 lessons? Which ones did they miss and how did that affect the presentation?
- Think about the last time you presented to a group, did you follow Wellwood’s 14 lessons?
- How would you incorporate Wellwood’s 14 lessons, into your next presentation?