Sunday 8 January 2017

Training as a Profession

A Trainer adds a lot of value to the corporate world and to institutions. Imagine you have been in a field, say sales, finance or information technology, and you have gathered knowledge and skills that when shared could help a lot of people to upgrade their skills and perform better. However, the challenge lies in whether you would be able to impart the lessons well, whether you have the skills of a trainer to deliver that content in a manner that would help the learners.

There is definitely a dearth of excellent trainers. The void becomes evident when we see trainers not performing well. The reason is because either they lack the necessary knowledge and skills in their subject or domain, or because they lack the skills of a trainer.

If you are experienced in a domain you can become a great trainer and make a profession out of it. In a few years time of practicing as a trainer, you can become a high profile trainer who has her / his calendar filled in no time! So, what are those knowledge and skills that would help you? Let us have a look at a list of things, but please note that there is more that you could do than just these points.

1. Facilitation Skills: These are the basics. What should you do as a trainer in a classroom? How should you interact with the audience, what should be your body language, how can you use eye-contact and your voice modulation to engage your audience, and such other points form part of your facilitation skills.

2. Training Needs Analysis: This is perhaps the most important part. If you do not know what exactly the need is, what the gaps are, you would not be able to design and develop the right level of content in the training.

3. Training Design: Many trainers do not know the science behind design. You need to understand the steps that could be followed, what elements and methodology could be used and what flow should be there for the content based on the objectives of the training that you have set.

4. Content Development: This is about filling in the content based on your Training Needs Analysis and the Training Design. The content has to be enriching and useful for the participants and at the level at which it is to be delivered.

5. Evaluation of Effectiveness: How do you evaluate if the training has added value to the participants in terms of results that they have got because of it? What evaluation methods can you use?

6. The Theories of Adult Learning: These are the foundations that would set you apart from average trainers. The psychological aspects of learning when well understood helps you not only speak to your clients or stakeholders with complete confidence, but also helps you design and develop much more effective training programs.

Well, this list can go on to a lot more. I personally believe that we all have the educator inside us. And if we have significant knowledge and some experience in a domain, be it sales, finance, soft skills, management, teaching, technology, or any other subject, all we need is some learning on training and we can get into a noble profession of helping others to grow. A great career awaits you with unlimited potentials of earning and growth!

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