Good trainers are like magicians. You can command attention from the training participants, enable them to learn with fun, and create lasting impact to their work and lives.
But becoming a good trainer is not an overnight event. You can’t just take a pill, make a wish, or take a course, and then…. glorified light over your head and you become a magical trainer. No! That is just daydreaming.
Practise, Practise, Practise
Yes, you need to practise, both mentally and physically. Take all your training sessions as your learning opportunities, try out new skills, test newly designed activities, and take note of all your learning.
Life is full of surprises. Training sessions are no exception. The unexpected will happen, and will always visit you while you are not prepared!
Simply put, we trainers has to deal with crises all the time.
Acts of God
“Acts of God" are uncontrollable external events such as typhoons and poor weather conditions.
For outdoor training events, weather is a key consideration from the very beginning. Generally, experienced trainers or organizations have sets of procedures or policies to deal with and respond to poor weather conditions. For example, the condition by which the training event will be postponed or canceled, the procedures for notifying the participants.
For indoor training events, there are also standard procedures for handling bad weather conditions. However, to the trainer, responding to sudden weather change is also a challenge.
For example, if the Hong Kong Observatory announce that a higher typhoon signal will be issued within a few hours and organizations need to release their employees so that they can return home for safe shelter, what will you the trainer do in the middle of a training session? Will you (or the organization) stop to cancel the remaining part of the training program? Will you postpone it to a later date? Or will you use the remaining few hours to complete the training workshop in a condensed manner?