Are you passionate about becoming a trainer? Do you wonder if you have got what it takes to be an excellent trainer? You may also have probably watched and admired a good trainer and you most likely have an idea of what it takes to be an excellent trainer or what makes them top of their game. However, if you wish to learn more about these qualities, then this article is just for you because effective and efficient trainers are those who regularly learn, practice and develop qualities in understanding learners’ and company needs.
Good trainers are not born, they are made, meaning that it is the trainers’ responsibility to find better ways to develop, manage and deliver training to students. So, what are these qualities that a good trainer should possess?
Good listening abilities
A good trainer listens and understands the needs of the trainees. The ability to efficiently listen is a non-negotiable trait for trainers. How well you listen to your trainees will determine how efficiently you deliver knowledge to them. Listening is the perfect way by which a trainer can conduct a needs analysis of his/her trainees, to find out exactly what knowledge and skills they actually need. Listening also gives you an opportunity to empathize with your students. Mind you, students are more open to trainers who empathize with them.
Creative and Innovative
As a trainer, you have the sole power and duty to make lesson sessions fun, interactive and interesting. Constantly coming up with creative ideas to deliver knowledge will go a long to help your trainees better understand you. Making your sessions more interactive will also go a long way to improve on your students’ abilities to retain information and knowledge about what you teach. Remember that an interactive classroom is a comfort zone for trainees especially when they know they can freely express their ideas.
You need to come up with innovative ideas that would get even the introvert students more engaged and enthusiastic in class sessions. You can do this by teaching with life experiences, practical examples, and even funny and interesting anecdotes.
Excellent communication skills
Communication is the life blood of every endeavour. Therefore, as a trainer, you must be able to articulate your thoughts and words in a manner that can easily be understood by your trainees. Communication involves transferring your knowledge either verbally, through text, or audio-visual means. Such communication should be clear and void of ambiguity to enable better understanding between you and your trainees. As a good trainer, you should be able to translate your thoughts and ideas into words that everyone can easily understand. Proper communication skills help you better interact with your trainees and co-teachers. By implication, as a trainer, you must always find ways to improve on your communication skills.
Great trainers invest in learning to ensure that they deliver maximum effort and current knowledge and information to trainees. These trainers reflect on the challenges they encounter in their line of duty and continually find ways to solve them. Trainers need to be equipped with the necessary skills to impart on their trainees at every given point, especially with finding ways to stay up to date with evolutions in their areas of expertise.
Such trainers examine new things with an open mindset rather than preconceived notions. They challenge their knowledge obtained and focus on continuous improvement in their training methods. They constantly look for innovative ways to conduct lessons, interact with students and get students more engaged in the learning process.
Good Organizational Skills
It is imperative for a trainer to posses good organizational and planning skills. Training involves preparing lesson plans, setting targets and helping the learners achieve them. An organized and structured approach to training guarantees focus on the responsibilities at hand, gives the learners a comprehensive outline of what to expect and, provides room for the trainer and learners to measure the progress made. Organized trainers can easily adapt to the changing needs of learners, their organizational skills also build trust between them and their learners, since they always have everything planned out.
There are no preset qualities to identify a good trainer. Good trainers are those who constantly seek ways to improve on their training skills and qualities. To learn more on how you can be an excellent trainer, sign up for our Training of Trainers (ToT) course at Brite Academy International. Get to us on firstname.lastname@example.org.