Being a teacher at heart, I had to choose Back to School September as this month’s theme! What can we learn OTJ? To improve our job search? How to write a resume when our education is the experience we have in the field we what to work in, but have little or no job experience in that area – yet? And more, so stay tuned!
And now on to this week’s article: Training Tips for Non-Teacher Types
Congrats! You’ve been recognized as an expert in your line of work, and asked to give a training, presentation, or teach the new hires all your best practices. Awesome! This is a great opportunity to expand your career skills and reputation!
But, perhaps the idea of teaching bores or confuses you, or, you just don’t know how to teach others in a way that won’t bore or confuse THEM.
Never fear! Here are a few simple teacher/trainer tips guaranteed to help your class or talk to be informative, interesting, easy to understand (and thus, well received!)
1) Know your audience– who are you teaching? What is their current knowledge level on the topic? Provide the needed background info in the simplest, quickest way you can, according to their current level or depth of understanding, Avoid talking over their heads, or talking down to them or wasting their time with novice level facts. Never ask “Who doesn’t know ____?” No one wants to appear stupid or uninformed. Just offer “a quick review of the basics to jog your memories and fill any gaps in the groups understanding so we’re all on the same page.”
2) Tell stories to illustrate your key learning points. Your own experience along your path to now being the teacher can provide evidence that you can related to where they are in the learning process and make you more approachable. Relevant stories about the topic that demonstrate the knowledge you need to teach are just more interesting than old school outline/lecture mode, too, right?
3) Incorporate all the basic learn styles so everyone gets it, and each way reinforces everyone’s comprehension. Include auditory components for learners who need to listen, to HEAR IT to GET IT (ex: your verbal presentations and instructions, audio recordings of others doing the same, and, the participants talking about the topics, practicing, etc.). Use visuals of many kinds for those who need to SEE IT to GET IT (ex: handouts, PPT’s, charts, outlines, pictures, video clips to show the steps or people engaged in doing what you’re teaching, etc.). Also make sure to include some sort of INTERACTIVE piece to it — get the group to DO the learning to make sure they GET IT (ex: role playing, practice exercises, small group discussions, hands-on demonstration/try-outs, create your own & present it to us projects, etc.) Getting them engaged also keeps them interested, too.
Being recognized as someone that “knows your stuff” is a great career accomplishment. Being known as the person that can effectively teach important topics to others PROVES you are THE go-to professional in your area. This can lead to even further recognition and career opportunities, from promotions to outside teaching/speaking offers, all resume and career builders.
Soon (ish) to be a webinar you can download, if you are local to St Petersburg, FL, please come learn these ideas & more in depth with practice activities at my workshop Grow Your Business: Create a Class.
(stay tuned for additional locations including Wilmington, NC/Myrtle Beach, SC, Charlottesville, VA, Austin, TX, Boulder, CO and the Chicagoland areas….)