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Train The Trainer: Effective Training And Facilitation Skills

You’ve probably heard the old cliché: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Companies typically avoid that problem by selecting the brightest and the best doers to train others how to do. But some overlook the fact that just being good at doing something isn’t enough to make you also good at teaching it.

This is especially true of technical training. Those subject matter experts who are especially gifted in complex technical, operational, financial, or other areas may have difficulty helping others learn what they themselves find so easy to do.

Training is expensive, when you calculate the cost of pulling people off the job to be trained, plus the cost of preparation, facilities, equipment, travel, etc.  This cost can be an investment that pays dividends when the subject matter experts also have effective training and facilitation skills.

AlexanderHancock has trained over a thousand subject matter experts to be more effective trainers and facilitators. Improving the training skills of subject matter experts helps you achieve important benefits:

  • Faster learning curve for trainees
  • Less re-training required
  • Improved performance by trainees after training
  • Training that produces enduring results, and is not just a training “event”
  • Training investments that earn ROI

Train The Trainer Training highlights:

  • Training isn’t just talking at people
  • Avoiding “death by PowerPoint”
  • Understanding how adults learn: what we’ve learned from brain science
  • How to engage learners and keep them engaged
  • How to facilitate instead of lecture
  • How to ask questions that encourage critical thinking
  • •How to get learners to learn by doing – hands on practice and application
  • Creative training and facilitation techniques that produce enduring results
  • Alternatives to classroom training

Train The Trainer Methodology

Participants in our Train the Trainer spend most of their workshop time in practices with coaching and feedback in P2P Videolabs™ – AlexanderHancock’s trademarked process for rapid development of business communication skills. They bring their own training content to use in the practice sessions. They gain insight and skills through customized exercises and case studies.

Train The Trainer Customized Solutions

To ensure that training is not just an “event,” but instead produces enduring results, we customize Train the Trainer to fit your unique situation, business strategy, culture, and people.  After discussion with you and other experts within your organization, we select the emphasis, specific skills to be developed, key learning points, exercises, and case studies for practice to create a solution tailored just for you.

Train The Trainer Applications

The following are some of the ways our clients have used custom versions of our Train the Trainer:

  • To install AlexanderHancock training programs in house
  • To equip in-house trainers to launch a major enterprise-wide learning initiative
  • To improve performance results of new hires in technical areas through improved technical training
  • To enable line managers to effectively train other managers
  • To broaden and strengthen the skills of HR generalists
  • To assist line managers in on-boarding new hires
  • To institutionalize organizational intelligence through trained subject matter experts
  • To substitute engaging facilitation in place of  Powerpoint lectures

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