Making Training Fun
- MAKING TRAINING FUN
Training is either an act of magic or the kiss of death for participants.
The single greatest key to preserving your magic act is to remember the
first rule of magic:
"Above all things, the magician IS, first and foremost, an entertainer." So
should the trainer be. Here are some basics you should consider to ensure
that your training is as entertaining as it is educational.
*Open with a mixer. Get everyone's name. Get everyone's hobby. Get something
interesting about your participants. It makes them feel a part of the
*Depending on the volume of participants, ALWAYS do (at minimum) the
'virtual'handshake. Extend your hand in the speaking participant's
direction, and have your participant do likewise. Simultaneously, shake one
another's hand without making contact. You'll 'connect,' and, odds are,
you'll get some polite laughs.
*Create and maintain a training program that is as interactive as humanly
possible. Research has shown that truly participating members of a training
seminar are more likely to view the presenter as credible and, consequently,
attach value to the material.
*Don't be afraid to stir up the traditionalist in the group. To paraphrase
something brilliant read elsewhere, the past is a point of reference, not
residence. Stirring up the group's resident historian (often times
accomplished by simply challenging the popular conventions of the
organization) gains you immediate feedback from the group. "That's not how
we do things around here." Stir up the resident historian by making him/her
think outside the box. At
minimum, it makes for incredibly lively conversation.
Source: Ed Zimmerman, management consultant
This article appeared in the SmartBiz.com News, Issue #45, July 1, 2000
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