Can you deliver training?
It’s a serious question, delivering training to both young people or adults is something that requires a unique skill and one that a number of people don’t have.
Let’s all be honest how many time have you sat in a work or scouting training session fighting the urge to close your eyes and fall asleep.
I will hold my hand up and say in both work and Scouting I have been in that situation.
Maybe it’s Environmental
Environment plays a big part in engaging with your audience. Any scout leader will know that if you sit a bunch of scout in the scout hall, classroom style with a map open in front of them you will have between 10 and 15 min if you’re lucky to get across your learning points.
After that, you have lost them.
Move the same lesson out of the scout hut to the local park and you will be able to keep them busy for an hour chasing their tails around the park following bearings.
The same goes for the environment for adults if the room is warm muggy and airless you will lose them before you have got through the 2nd slide. Take them outside and get them to build towers from spaghetti and marshmallows and they will be content.
Why the Interest in Training Chris?
I have taken the rather drastic leap of helping to run training in the county. Nothing high-flying, I have started to assist my county training team with the delivery of Module 23: Safety for Managers and Supporters and the Ongoing Learning in Safety.
So far no-one has walked out of a training session I have done, which has got to be a good start. However, I do wonder if that because they know that then need my credit to complete their required hours.
I find it quite nerve-racking delivering the training. Not because someone will ask a question I can answer or will know more than me, that element I can cope with.
I am nervous because I have sat through so many bad training sessions willing the session to be over and I don’t want the people in my session doing the same to me.
What is your Worst?
So here where you all come in, I want you to tell me your worst training session what did the trainer do wrong? what made you want to leave? Was it death by powerpoint or something else?
Tell me in the comment – please leave out names and places to protect the innocent.
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