Saturday, July 8, 2017

The XYZ of being a trainer

Most would agree upon the ABCs of being a trainer:
A. Keep your body language and mindset positive
B. Prepare for a session as if your life depended on it
C. Execute your plan while allowing room for extemporizing

The D to W of being a trainer has many facets such as humour, storytelling, emoting, involving the audience, grooming, use of training aids etc.
That brings us to what I call the XYZ of being a trainer. These are the biggest attitudinal value adds that a trainer can bring to a classroom.

X: "I'm going to say something in class today that will change somebody's life for the better."

While this may not always happen, a trainer who prepares with such an expectation of oneself goes beyond meagre benchmarks. This trainer is aspiring for a lot more than delivering the lesson effectively.
A classic case of aiming for the stars so as to land on a rarefied cloud.

Y: "Address the topic as if it is only topic worth knowing about."

A trainer taking a class on Rapport Building for counselors can emphasize how everything desirable in counseling becomes possible ONLY due to Rapport Building. When the trainer underlines the significance of the topic, the class experiences greater enthusiasm, leading to a superior learning experience. The next day, the same trainer might address a different classroom and talk about Stress Management as the most important key to living happily.
In short, the trainer is saying, "Learn this ONE thing and watch how your life improves!"

Z: "Nobody else can replicate me."

The internet is replete with content, even full-fledged presentations, pertaining to every known topic. In the Google age, do people really need to attend a class to understand the WHAT and HOW of a topic? No, audiences need to be made aware of what incredibly specific benefits they will derive by learning something and what's stopping them from learning/practising an idea.
This is where the trainer's signature style comes in. Will the trainer come up with an approach/activity/interconnection that is his/her own? Will there be a uniqueness in the content and delivery style (could be in the WHAT and HOW areas too)? If (s)he does, it will make all the difference.

So that's my tuppence. What about you? What, according to you, are the biggest attitudinal value-adds provided by a trainer? And if you agree with the XYZs I've mentioned, do tell how you would enhance the X, the Y and the Z factors.

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