TYPES OF TRAINEES DISCUSSION:
A successful trainer needs to effectively engage various types of trainees and adapt quickly in the learning environment to meet their needs. Chapter 8 of the Blanchard and Thacker (2013) text lists and offers tips on dealing with different participant personalities. Review the three scenarios below. Discuss how you would effectively engage and manage each group of participants in a 2-day training seminar. Apply two to three specific adult learning principles and/or techniques to each of the scenarios listed below.
Your colleague is a training specialist who has just concluded an activity on techniques for overcoming challenges in the classroom. He clearly understood the content, but did not ask questions of the group to confirm their understanding. In addition, when explaining activities, the directions were not clear and there was never an opportunity to ask for clarification. What constructive feedback would you give to your colleague?
Your colleague is a department manager who has just opened a training session. Her opening included group introductions, but she went directly into presenting content. About an hour later, a few participants began talking out of turn. What feedback would you give to your colleague on the impact this may have had on participants, and what could have been done differently to avoid this situation?
Your colleague is a human resources manager who just completed an activity followed by a group discussion. The activity went well, but the debrief did not. As the facilitator, he had trouble getting the group to answer his questions. The group did not appear to be very engaged. What feedback could you give him on how he could get participants to participate?
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The constructive criticism I would give my colleague would be to speak up, if you cant hear the instructor then tell he or she to speak louder. In addition, at the end of every lecture there should be a answering questions portion, were everyone has a chance to reaffirm what they thought or to get clarification on what is going on. When teaching in a classroom the instructor always need to be clear and concise. At the end of the lecture there should also be a sort of follow along test or quiz for everyone to follow to brush up on what was being covered.
The feedback I would give my colleague would be to start off with a icebreaker before the training session actually begins and the content isn’t understood. Blanchard, P. N., & Thacker, J. W. (2013) state that,”An icebreaker is a game or exercise that prompts trainees to get comfortable interacting with other trainees and the trainer. It is designed to be fun but at the same time generate energy that will transfer to the rest of the training”. When starting the training session make sure there are ample amounts of bathroom breaks and letting your audience know that it is ok to ask questions on anything they dont understand.
The feedback I would give my colleague would be that he or she didn’t ask enough questions at the start of the session. Keeping the audience in gaged on what you want them to learn is the key for them to keep participating.4MAT 4Business(2010) state that,” everyone has a different learning styles and everyone processes information differently”. Including the audience while the activity is going on well help them stay focused to give more points about what happened from the activity to now.
Blanchard, P. N., & Thacker, J. W. (2013). Effective training: Systems, strategies, and practices (5th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
4MAT 4Business. (2010, July 15). Three things every trainer should know about learning styles[Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhqtaYy-mIs
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