If you are a corporate trainer, then you know all about the effort and time-consuming work that is involved in the training process. It begins with accepting the job and ends with the after-action assessments. When you take on a new client, it can seem like you are reinventing the proverbial wheel time and again.
It does not have to be this labor-intensive. Follow these tips to learn how to make your processes smooth and efficient for a more satisfying experience for everyone involved, including you.
Create High-Quality Content
The process of creating your training materials is likely the most time-consuming. It is probably daunting at times. This is especially true when you have just designed a highly-proficient presentation only to turn around and do it again.
You can change your approach but still offer best-in-class content by utilizing Courseware, Corporate Training Materials, and Courses for Trainers. By using these professional templates and training guides, you can become more productive with your time.
The benefits to accessing this material are many – you will have more time to focus on training, which is why you became a corporate trainer in the first place. More time to train equates to a greater number of working hours and more clients. All of this will generate more income and success for you professionally, of course. On a personal level, becoming more efficient at work means you will have more time at home during your off hours. It is a win in all aspects of your life.
Reach Your Audience
The vehicle with which you train your target audience is as important as how you train them. With technology and the general population’s continued comfort using Zoom calls over the past few years, you have options in how you deliver your content.
Video training and in-person training can both provide valuable opportunities for everyone. Having both of these options means you will be able to reach clients in a variety of geographic areas.
Once you have your training materials prepared, you will need to assess your delivery of the content. Part of the training experience involves how you present it to your audience.
Watch this video from Toastmasters International to learn how body language and gestures can help or hinder audience engagement.
Know Your Client
It is essential to learn about the client that hired you to train their respective employees. You want to know what their business consists of, what products or services they sell and to whom, and whether they are a multinational corporation or small in scale.
Are there little things that the team does for one another, such as frequent acknowledgments of accomplishments via Slack whenever they occur? Are they a close-knit group, or could this training be a way to break the ice and bring them closer together in the work environment? Talk with the leadership about questions such as these to learn more about what they do so you can incorporate that information and feeling into your training.
You will, essentially, be looking for marketing touchpoints to get to know your client better. Understanding the content they wish to have their team trained in is the primary goal, but you will need to present the material accordingly and within the scope and ethos of the company as a whole.
Know Your Audience
Understanding who you will be standing in front of makes a difference in how you present your material. While stereotypes should not prevail, they can lend insight into certain training needs that specific demographics may have. Essentially, you should know your audience before you step onto the stage, whether that stage is virtual or in-person.
As an example, if you will be providing training for a department that is staffed with older employees, you may wish to approach the training in a different manner if they are not as computer-savvy as others that you usually train. (This is not to say, however, that older individuals are unable to comprehend such information, but is only offered as an example.)
Another example involves recent graduates. They have generally been educated in a collaborative environment, and thus may benefit from working with others throughout the training session or receiving a more interactive training module.
Spend fewer hours creating your training presentations and more time getting in front of people. You will make a difference in how they receive their training by being prepared and educated on the information they need. Work smarter and lead well to do your job and help others do theirs.