Qualities of Effective Trainers
While some of these qualities are obviously necessary for anyone in a
teaching position, others may not seem as necessary, such as being
patient or open-minded. All of these attributes, however, contribute to
making top-notch trainers. All the best trainers are:
- Good communicators. They speak well, express their thoughts clearly, and have an engaging presentation style.
- Knowledgeable. They know their topic cold. They
understand all the concepts and know all the details. They can answer
questions thoroughly and at a level that trainees understand. If they
ever cant answer a question, they know exactly where to go to get that
answer and they promise to do so as soon as possible.
- Experienced. They know what theyre talking about. Theyve been in the field doing what they teach in training.
- Good with people. Their personality styles may
vary, but they enjoy working with people. They can engage groups of
people and work with them to meet training goals.
- Interested in learning. They recognize the value of
learning in their own lives and want to help others learn. They find
satisfaction in sharing with others the skills and knowledge they have
acquired through hard work and persistence.
- Patient. They understand that people learn in
different ways and at different paces. They take the time to make sure
each trainee understands whats going on and leaves training sessions
with the skills and knowledge he or she came to acquire.
- Open-minded. They respect other peoples points of
view and know that there are often many ways to achieve the same
objectives. They dont assume they know everything, but instead are
willing to listen to and learn from trainees.
- Creative. They bring ingenuity and their own
natural curiosity to the task of training. They create an environment in
their training sessions that encourages learning and inspires trainees
to reach beyond what they already know to explore new ideas and methods.
- Well-prepared. They know their material, their
objectives, and their plan of presentation. Theyve checked to see that
any equipment they expect to use in training is in place and
operational. Theyve made sure that all supplies and supporting
materials are available in the right quantities.
- Flexible. They are able to adjust their training plan to accommodate their audience and still meet all training objectives.
- Well-organized. Good trainers can handle several tasks at once. They know how to manage their time and their work.