July 12, 2016

7 Goof-ups you can't make as a trainer / coach

What NOT to do if you wish to be a successful trainer/coach
However good we are as trainers, and for whatever length of time we have been training, we cannot stop improving ourselves. We learn from our experience and we need to continue avoiding mistakes we made or could have made. That leads us to excellence, if not perfection.
  1. Over-confidence and under-preparedness. Over a period of time we become so confident that we feel comfortable walking into a class without preparation. We may have acquired vast knowledge and confidence in the subject. Yet, preparation is a must. You need to fine tune the subject matter (content) and deliver what the class (students) need and not what you know. A rehearsal always help in keeping to the point, planning your time and being prepared for likely questions.
  2. Lying, bluffing and exaggeration. For one, you will be caught sooner or later. Two, students admire honesty. So, if you are not sure, it’s a great idea to throw the question back to the class. Someone may be able to answer. Or else say, “may I come back to you later on this?” and then make sure you do it. Being honest works, but to a limit. You also need to portray your ‘subject expert’ image. Maintain balance. 
  3. Losing focus = losing audience attention. Its important to make up your mind on what you ‘must,’ ‘should’ and ‘could’ cover in the session. Go with these priorities. Never leave your ‘purpose.’ Going astray is something that can just happen if you do not consciously work on it. Particularly, when learners ask questions, while answering there is a possibility of your straying from the objectives. That can eat into the ‘musts’ and ‘coulds.’ To avoid this, you can write the main sub heads on the white board and refer to them occasionally. I picked an idea that helps. Have a flipchart and mark it PARKING. Whenever a question is asked which is beyond the scope of the subject, park it on this chart and answer it in the end only if time permits, or take it with the learner concerned, later, off line.
  4. Loving your own voice too much. Most of us love to keep talking and hearing our own voice. That can be an overdose for learners. Avoid talking on and on. It is important to engage learners in an interaction. Turn from a 'teaching’ mode to a ‘facilitation’ mode. Understand that the people sitting in your audience are not dumb. There is a vast reservoir of knowledge there. Harness it. Recognise and acknowledge their knowledge and experience. It makes learning interesting
  5. Letting the audience disconnect. Staying engaged and connected with the learners is not only important but critical too. The attention span and the intellect of the audience must be gauged. Keep connected with them and maintain’ eye contact.’ To keep them involved with small activities and exercises is an effective way of maintaining continuous connect. Let your energy drive the energy in the room.
  6. Inappropriate/ insensitive/ frivolous humour. We all understand the importance of humour. And humour in training is important. But sometimes it is ‘forced’ and out of place. That makes you look like a joker and tarnishes your image. It takes time to learn to induce humour at the right time, at an opportune and relevant moment. Never ever try cheap humour to gain popularity. Also avoid humour which can be sensitive to a religious or communal belief. 
  7. Being caught unprepared by honest feedback / questions from learners. A trainer must have active listening skills. You must not only listen to but also seek feedback and work on it. Learn the art of receiving feedback with grace and poise and working on it. Nobody can make everybody happy. Expect the hard questions and frame answers in advance. Getting upset or fumbling for answers is not done.  

It is a business. Ok? If you are a professional trainer, and you expect to be paid for it, you are clearly in a business. The greatest of trainers have to master 'business stuff' like sales, marketing, online promotions, digital media management, branding and accounting. You are in business, and if you don't accept that and think, act and strategize like a businessman, you have paved the way to failure with your own hands. This is reason number one for failure in the training/coaching business.  Being a good, humble human being will lead you to being a good trainer and good entrepreneur

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July 02, 2016

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