Let’s be honest; we’re all guilty of looking at certain jobs, roles and professions and thinking – “I could do that – what’s the big deal?”.
With instant access to high spec cameras, filters and editing apps – we’ve probably all fancied ourselves as a photographer at least once in the last few years because, how hard can it be?
Then there’s sport – how many times have you watched a game and quite passionately believed you could do a better job than the referee?
The reason that they look so easy is because those doing the job are really good at it. Outsiders don’t recognise the complexity of the role or the skill and effort involved in making it look so simple.
What about training? It looks easy too right?
As we respond to industry challenges, more of us than ever are being challenged with the task of delivering training without previous experience or formal training qualifications.
So how can you tell if your training is working? We wracked the brains of imorph’s training team to compile this quick guide to help you assess the effectiveness of your training sessions.
1.If you ask a question, do your delegates respond?
A group eager to respond is a brilliant indicator of a good training session. In contrast, silence is often a sign that you are not connecting with your group and unfortunately, this usually means they are either not listening or they don’t understand.
Are you trying to engage the group? Are you involving them? Was your question confusing? Could you present content in a different way to make it easier to understand?
These are all points to consider if you are regularly met with silence or have to coax answers out from reluctant delegates when posing questions to your group.
2.Is your group paying attention?
Are your delegates looking at you when you are talking or are they gazing longingly out of the window?
Are they on their phones instead of listening or participating in a task?
Keeping everyone in the group engaged throughout your course can be difficult. Try to minimise the impact of distractions and boredom by mixing up your presentation styles and tools and involving your delegates where you can.
3.What is their body language saying?
You don’t need to be a psychology expert to read the body language in a training room! Delegates are often reluctant at the beginning of a session but should become more enthusiastic throughout the course and this is often echoed in their body language.
Pay attention to how this changes throughout your course and respond accordingly by taking breaks or introducing discussions and activities when people start to flag.
4.Is there any discussion?
A chatty group is often a good sign of an engaged group. Asking questions and participating in discussions with each other and the Trainer is common when the group are relaxed and interested in the course content.
Observing how your group interact with each other during breaks can also be a good indicator of how the course is going.
5.Can your group recall what they have learned?
This is the big question but one that not every Trainer asks themselves or their delegates.
Throughout key sections of the course, ask your delegates to recall what has been covered so far.
If they can remember – good job. If they can’t? Identify any topics that are repeat offenders and review how you can present that section of the course differently next time.
Training – it’s not as easy as it looks!