As a technical specialist, working as a trainer can sometimes feel challenging….

  • How should I plan my training session?
  • What should I include in my training, and what should I leave out?
  • Must I use PowerPoint?
  • Are my slides too detailed, or not detailed enough?
  • What about difficult delegates?
  • I’m nervous about standing up to face a group of people – help!

This article gives seven top tips for technical trainers.

1. Set the scene

A new group of learners may be as anxious about receiving the training as you are in giving it! [click to continue…]


Test your skills in saying ‘No’

by Bob Colclough on July 12, 2012

There are many times in life when we need to decline a request from a colleague or friend. You often feel you have to decide quickly.

You may also be keen to get a win-win result even if you don’t accept the request.

This article gives some suggested approaches and gives a list of real life situations you can test yourself against [click to continue…]

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How to understand and defuse conflict situations

July 6, 2012

This article introduces a model which describes how conflict situations escalate. It also suggests ways to defuse a conflict.
It should be of interest to anyone involved in helping to avoid or defuse a conflict situation.

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How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy to get real business gains from your investment in training

July 1, 2012

If you’re involved in commissioning, planning and delivering training this article is for you.
The article introduces you to the benefits of going beyond simple objectives in ensuring training really delivers the results you expect or need.
It considers both Smart objectives and the use of Bloom’s taxonomy (an awful title, I know, but bear with [...]

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Reasons to set clear objectives for your next training session

June 24, 2012

So you’re setting up your course and you just remembered that you haven’t put in any objectives. You went on a train the trainer course at some time ago, and you do remember there was a lot of emphasis on clear training objectives.
But somehow your heart is not in it. Think again – here are [...]

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How to lead and manage using your unique strengths

June 18, 2012

A lot is spoken about leadership and management.
We can all recognise a good leader or manager when we meet one.
If you’ve been in business for a number of years think back to the individuals who have had the most influence over you. For most people. it’s often an inspiring manager, leader or coach, who has had [...]

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Behaviours and words to avoid in a conflict situation

June 12, 2012

In the heat of the moment, it may be easier than you think to pour petrol on the flames of a smouldering conflict.
You may find this list of unhelpful behaviours useful….

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How to succeed as an IT trainer

June 6, 2012

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many IT trainers.
I’d like to share some of the more important issues that I believe IT trainers need to take into account.
First, to be a successful, IT Trainer needs to adopt a number of practices that apply to all training: These include:

Ensure your training is [...]

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Choosing your Train the Trainer course provider

May 30, 2012

This will help you choose a Trainer the Trainer course provider. It provides possible selection criteria and shows how UK Skills agencies establish training standards for approved and accredited training.

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How to demonstrate that training is a worthwhile investment

May 24, 2012

Justifying an investment in training is a challenge faced by many training professionals and managers. The article gives practical tips and references Kirkpatrick’s model for the evaluation of training.

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