Inspired by Stephen R Covey and his famous book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, I thought I would leverage his framework to depict the habits I think make a great trainer.
So what are the habits of highly effective trainers?
Being passionate about what you do and how you do it, will inspire and engage others. This is critical when you need to connect people. A passionate trainer that delivers with high energy will create a passionate learner and inspire people to learn more.
Be knowledgeable about your subject, of course, however also be well versed in reading and understanding people. Employing emotional intelligence skills in conjunction with your subject matter of expertise will ensure you understand the needs of others, making sure you stay connected during your training.
Active listening is a more powerful habit than talking to a trainer. As an active listener, you will engage all your senses, which will, in turn, allow your trainees to feel more at ease about sharing and therefore participating openly and honestly during your training.
This is a key factor in ensuring training runs smoothly. Preparing, setting up, managing, closing and feeding back the output of any session is time-consuming, however extremely important in making the learning experience a positive one.
Challenge (and be challenged)
Challenge others to think and contextualize things their way. This will help people to embed their learning, ensuring it ‘sticks in people’s minds. Also, be accepting of their challenges to you. You will be surprised how much you learn once you are challenged on your subject.
Communicate memorably. Use the power of your voice, knowledge and experiences to make examples interesting and bring things to life. Make things entertaining and stop people from thinking ‘so what’.
All trainers love to learn new things and we all learn in different ways. Accept and embrace how others learn too and take on board the individualism of others when they are learning with you. Use a range of mediums to embed learning through their preferred sensory choice and individual style.
This (in my non-PhD opinion) will help you become a good – no…. great trainer! What do you think – have I missed any out?