Why Train the Trainer?

TalkShop training the trainerTrainers have the huge task of being agents of change in the workplace. Indeed, it is not easy to teach groups of adults with varying learning styles and work outlook to get them into action. Another challenge is to keep the enthusiasm going when the work becomes routine.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO underscores the need for sustained training, “Some companies regard training as an unnecessary expense. This is unfortunate as training is key to realizing success and preparing the organization for the future. Companies that streamline hold internal training programs. Trainers will have to be trained to help newbies learn the ropes and allow veterans to upgrade skills and recharge their energy.

Viesca shares some do’s and don’ts for corporate trainers:

1. Strike a balance and keep it learner-centered. Be wary of information overload. Give your audience time to process the information.

2. Prepare. Confidence that shines through with knowledge makes one credible as a trainer.

3. Manage the classroom. Arrive ahead of time with all needed materials.

4. Issue a call to action. Be direct in your statements to clearly convey your message. Use flag statements like “I want to call your attention to the most essential tasks…” or “Our main goals are…”.

5. Move naturally. Smile, use eye contact, stand erect, and don’t fidget.

6. Communicate clearly. Use simple words and sentences. Avoid using jargon.

7. Dress slightly better than everyone else in the room.

8. Apply effective training techniques. Make sessions interactive and experiential to sustain interest and keep everyone engaged.

9. Limit reading to a minimum. Do not use slides as a crutch. Know your topic by heart.

10. It is alright not to know all the answers. Toss difficult questions to the audience. If answers are not acceptable, get back to them at another session with your answer.

11. Wind up on time. Allow staff to do unfinished business.

TalkShop’s “Training the Trainer” program equips trainers to become coaches and mentors who influence, motivate, and inspire.

www.talkshop.ph | (632) 894 5588 | “Coaching and Mentoring”

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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