6 Ways to Become a Successful Trainer in 2017

2017 is going to be a transformative year for trainers. Technology changes are larger and more accessible than they’ve ever been. New and young people are joining training as professionals more than they did earlier. Employees are more exposed today than they were before and corporates will cut down on costs as always. There will be accelerated changes in the way content is collated and tools of delivery are used. Online training has picked up and will continue to be used due to scalability advantage.These are the 6 ways trainers can improve their training skills and become successful in 2017:Content – The exposure levels of employees, employers as well as people in general is high due to information being available easily. Trainers will be able to deliver core content only if they study the content deep enough to the level of specialisation. We recommend getting to the core of the subject through attending free online courses on the subject on Coursera, Udacity. For advanced trainers, it’s important to go beyond regular training sessions and study experts of a specific subject through YouTube, Vimeo etc.Takeaway: You’ve got to study your craft from the best – the Internet has enabled everyone to do that. Keep your focus on gathering relevant and most recent material. Your audience is now well aware compared to earlier years.Delivery – For training delivery, the old practice used to be: Practice, practice, practice is the key.The world in 2017 for the trainer is different:Study, practice, deliver and then review, practice, deliver.

Takeaway: After every training, shortlist your positives and drawbacks while you were delivering, write actions that will enable a change and practice again. You’ll be surprised with how many trainers don’t use this simple technique to improve exponentially in a short span of time.Use powerful visual aids – Photos and videos powerfully help the effectiveness of a speech. It is said, after 3 days, we tend to remember 10% of the information we saw in word format whereas we tend to remember 65% of the information we saw in both picture and word formats. Visual aids are better than ever and people have become more receptive to them, in fact, they expect them.Takeaway: Keep it simple, clear and to the point. Timing is everything so make your visual aids part of your practice. One good example of timing when using visual aids is:https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=tedspreadTechnical breakdowns happen. Prepare in advance and insist on a demo from the organizers prior to going live.Get familiar with delivering lectures in front of a camera – Distance training will increase due to its cost effectiveness. Experts from across the globe will be hired to deliver training. Considering that you cannot see your audience to sense the reactions and response, the difference from face to face training is wide. Trainers will need to learn to be available for online training and learn the protocol and ways to be effective.Takeaway: You’ll have to deliver and be comfortable with the camera – use a tripod with your phone/camcorder during your regular trainings to get yourself used to being recorded. Do mock trainings in front of your own laptop/camera and get people to take that lecture at another time – get their feedback and improve.Feedback from participants – At the end of the day, training is as effective as the learning of the trainee. In order to understand the impact and receive true feedback for improvement, trainers need to ask better questions before training to understand and prepare accordingly. Questions and feedback post training, help the trainer to analyse and improve.Takeaway: Feedback forms are dead. Make sure to consciously engage with your trainees 30-60-90 days after your training via a text, email or phone call – this helps you in improving your training style, tone and body language. The good bit? Trainees and attendees are now vocal about how they feel – and that’s good for you to receive candid feedback.Personal branding – You are your own brand. Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Robin Sharma have made their personal brand for over decades. They are able to reach out to people without physically being there. Personal branding allows you to establish a reputation and an identity while still maintaining a personal level of trust and interaction, usually through social media. Putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of the sales process can dramatically improve conversion rate. Whether you use your personal brand to consult, freelance, or drive more traffic and trust, it’s vitally important to establish one to stay competitive. Get social. Put your best stuff- it need not be perfect. People will give feedback and start following.

Takeaway: Far too many people wait for becoming really good before they start branding themselves. If you’re professionally presentable and have value to offer – don’t hold back.Create a 3 phase schedule and execute:Phase 1:Get your basics in place – business card, website, professional email account (not Gmail or yahoo), organize yourself using Trello or similar organizing tool, shortlist your core areas of training and perfect a 30 second pitch about each.Collate, create and document content: Keep this simple. Write what you know. A transcription of your training session can give you a lot of content – a one hour session could give you almost 8000 words to work withPhase 2:Publish on your own social media – most of your audience is here. Don’t miss out on engaging with 2.3 billion users on social media.CollaborateIt’s become easier than ever to collaborate with brands, companies, other trainers, co-working spaces. This trend is going to accelerate in 2017. Take a free online session for users of a company, members of a Facebook group etc.Phase 3:Repeat Phase 1 and Phase 2The classic – your discipline to execute on the above will decide how successful you are in 2017All the best!