Training for Trainers and Presenters

We enjoy working with colleagues.  These are some of the services we offer for professional trainers, coaches, facilitators & presenters:
  • Train-the-Coach
  • Train-the-Trainer
  • Train-the-Facilitator
  • Professional Presentation and Speaking
  • Designing/Developing Training Curriculum
  • Facilitation of Groups
  • How to Conduct a Needs Analysis
  • Writing Technical Training Manuals
  • Designing an Operator Training Program
Someone once said that “the best way to learn something is to teach it.” But it's a common misconception that because we know how to do something, we can teach it to others easily or deliver an inspirational speech about it. Delivering training or a speech requires a variety of skills that are different from the technical expertise we may possess in whatever field we work. There are concerns about transfer of skills, performance objectives, learning objectives, matching content and interactive exercises, evaluation at all 5 Kirkpatrick levels; not to mention making things fun, interactive, interesting, worthwhile, and effective.  And facilitating meetings requires certain skills around moving groups toward a goal, ensuring all are able to participate, using technical tools & techniques for decision-making and problem solving in groups, etc.
We've trained hundreds of trainers, presenters, coaches and speakers. We generally use highly interactive learning techniques, which involve opportunities for self-observation (videotaping), peer feedback and instructor feedback (in several formats) in order to train people who speak to or provide training to others. We also provide opportunities for skill development, in a variety of settings.
Whether it's giving a speech to a group of international business leaders or the local PTA, or providing training to a group of engineers or a group of teachers, we will work with Clients to understand the setting in which the speaking or training will occur, the requirements of that situation, and the required skills and opportunities for the speaker or trainer. We can provide this type of training to groups or to individuals in a 1-1 coaching setting.
The main modules from two example programs are described below. Please contact us for further information about these and other programs/topics

“Train the Facilitator”
1. Roles of Facilitators - Identifying Each Role
2. Identify the Various Types of Meetings You Facilitate
3. The "Questioning" Style of Facilitation
4. Gathering Information - Techniques
5. Sorting/Organizing/Synthesizing Information - Techniques
6. Intervention - Techniques
7. Making Decisions - Techniques
8. Group Process Tools - e.g. Brainstorming, Nominal Group Technique, Flow Chart, Fish Bone, etc.
9. Tasking - Working Toward an Action Plan
10. Meeting Process - Open, Background, Discussion, Actions, Close
11. Observation & Listening Tactics
12. Reflection & Integration Tactics
13. Interjection Tactics - Paraphrase, clarify, refocus
14. Observation of group member interactions and styles
15. Dealing with difficult people - problem personality types & how to handle
16. Developing an Agenda for meetings
17. Setting Objectives for Meetings
18. Peripheral roles - timekeeper, note taker, etc.
19. Logistics for Meetings - before and during
20. Stages of Group Growth - and the Facilitator's Role during each stage
21. Practical & Interpersonal Tasks of Facilitator and Group Members
22. Verbal, Vocal, Visual Image of Facilitator
23. Using Audiovisuals as a Facilitator
24. Coaching Others Before/During Meeting in their Roles - Leader, Flipchart Writer, Notetaker, etc.
25. Encouraging Good Group Behaviors
26. Practice Using Several Facilitation Techniques with group - Opportunity to be Group Facilitator, Leader, Group Member, etc.

“Train the Trainer”
1. Adult Learning
2. Designing/Delivering Training - 4 parts
3. Training Methods
4. Preparation/Logistics
5. Audiovisual Aids - use of
6. Aspects of Presenting - Vocal, Verbal, Visual
7. Overcoming Nervousness/Anxiety
8. Encouraging Questions & Discussion
9. Fielding and Responding to Questions
10. Facilitation Tactics for Group Activities
11. Handling Challenges
12. Personalities in the Classroom
13. Giving/Receiving Feedback
14. Presentations - Mock trainer scenarios