Top 10 Training Tips To keep students engaged

10. Take A BREAK

Nearly every class needs a break period, if only for five minutes. When possible, schedule breaks into your training material where it feels natural, like before beginning a new concept.

9. BE PREPARED

Prepare for your classes. Do not simply rely on the company course outline and then stumble through training.

8. PROVIDE HANDOUTS

The printed handout may seem antiquated but a well planned handout can be an invaluable asset. Couple the handout content with a space to take notes and an in-class exercise on the back for a sure winner.

7. ROLE PLAY

Done right, this can really get a class going. Don't have scripted parts. Just keep it loose and assign roles, like boss, Marketing Assistant, etc. A classmate pretending to be the boss waiting impatiently for a report can make a training assignment feel more real.

6. COMPLETE A PROJECT

Sure you can host a generic Excel class for your company’s Marketing department. Or you could help them tackle a common problem specific to them. For example, build a class around creating and updating an event tracking workbook.

5. Schedule wisely

If it is your responsibility to enroll students into training classes, use strategic knowledge about your audience to group people who get along together in the same class. Be very careful scheduling training at the end of the day and around lunch periods. No one is engaged when they are watching the clock. Taking the time to do this level of recon helps keep everyone happy and engaged.

4. Know your audience

If you are a corporate office IT Trainer, you may have the luxury of seeing your audience everyday, at the water cooler, in the hall and cafeteria. You’re probably friends with many of them. This is an asset. Use the knowledge that you have about your audience, what features they would find most useful, pitfalls that might fall prey to and divulge them during class. Get a discussion going.

3. GIVE INTERactive in-class exercises

In today’s corporate training world we tend to pack too much information into too tight a time-slot. The idea of exercises can fall by the wayside as we tack them on as an after-training assignment. Strive to make room for in-class exercises. It is one of the major tools to help instructors (and students) gauge whether or not they are really absorbing the material during class.

2. work the room

Have a podium, desk or whiteboard? Don't use it as an excuse to stay put in the classroom. Move about the training room, the conference room, or the front of that auditorium. Give more students the opportunity to see you up close and hear you a bit better.

1. Do not read presentation slides to your audience

No one to watch you read aloud. The point of a presentation is to enhance you, the speaker. It isn’t just a script for you to read from because you are unprepared. Review your presentation days before your training class, if you find any detailed information that has to be stated exactly as it reads in the presentation, remove it from your slides. This is information that you are supposed to say to your audience and look like a rockstar.

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