Brig Sushil Bhasin | 7 Goof-ups you can’t make as a trainer / coach
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7 Goof-ups you can’t make as a trainer / coach

7 Goof-ups you can’t make as a trainer / coach

What NOT to do if you wish to be a successful trainer/coach
However good we are as trainers, and
for whatever length of time we have been training, we cannot stop improving
ourselves. We learn from our experience and we need to continue avoiding
mistakes we made or could have made. That leads us to excellence, if not
perfection.
  1. Over-confidence and
    under-preparedness. 
    Over a period of time we become so
    confident that we feel comfortable walking into a class without
    preparation. We may have acquired vast knowledge and confidence in the
    subject. Yet, preparation is a must. You need to fine tune the subject
    matter (content) and deliver what the class (students) need and not what
    you know. A rehearsal always help in keeping to the point, planning your
    time and being prepared for likely questions.
  2. Lying, bluffing and
    exaggeration. 
    For one, you will be caught sooner or later. Two,
    students admire honesty. So, if you are not sure, it’s a great idea to
    throw the question back to the class. Someone may be able to answer. Or
    else say, “may I come back to you later on this?” and then make sure you
    do it. Being honest works, but to a limit. You also need to portray your
    ‘subject expert’ image. Maintain balance. 
  3. Losing focus = losing
    audience attention. 
    Its important to make up your mind
    on what you ‘must,’ ‘should’ and ‘could’ cover in the session. Go with
    these priorities. Never leave your ‘purpose.’ Going astray is something
    that can just happen if you do not consciously work on it. Particularly,
    when learners ask questions, while answering there is a possibility of
    your straying from the objectives. That can eat into the ‘musts’ and
    ‘coulds.’ To avoid this, you can write the main sub heads on the white
    board and refer to them occasionally. I picked an idea that helps. Have a
    flipchart and mark it PARKING. Whenever a question is asked which is
    beyond the scope of the subject, park it on this chart and answer it in
    the end only if time permits, or take it with the learner concerned,
    later, off line.
  4. Loving your own voice too
    much. 
    Most
    of us love to keep talking and hearing our own voice. That can be an
    overdose for learners. Avoid talking on and on. It is important to engage
    learners in an interaction. Turn from a ‘teaching’ mode to a
    ‘facilitation’ mode. Understand that the people sitting in your audience
    are not dumb. There is a vast reservoir of knowledge there. Harness it.
    Recognise and acknowledge their knowledge and experience. It makes
    learning interesting
  5. Letting the audience
    disconnect. 
    Staying engaged and connected with the learners is not
    only important but critical too. The attention span and the intellect of
    the audience must be gauged. Keep connected with them and maintain’ eye
    contact.’ To keep them involved with small activities and exercises is an
    effective way of maintaining continuous connect. Let your energy drive the
    energy in the room.
  6. Inappropriate/
    insensitive/ frivolous humour. 
    We all
    understand the importance of humour. And humour in training is important.
    But sometimes it is ‘forced’ and out of place. That makes you look like a
    joker and tarnishes your image. It takes time to learn to induce humour at
    the right time, at an opportune and relevant moment. Never ever try cheap
    humour to gain popularity. Also avoid humour which can be sensitive to a
    religious or communal belief. 
  7. Being caught unprepared by
    honest feedback / questions from learners. 
    A trainer must
    have active listening skills. You must not only listen to but also seek
    feedback and work on it. Learn the art of receiving feedback with grace
    and poise and working on it. Nobody can make everybody happy. Expect the
    hard questions and frame answers in advance. Getting upset or fumbling for
    answers is not done.  
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you are a professional trainer, and you expect to be paid for it, you are
clearly in a business. The greatest of trainers have to master ‘business stuff’
like sales, marketing, online promotions, digital media management,
branding and accounting. You are in business, and if you don’t accept that and
think, act and strategize like a businessman, you have paved the way to
failure with your own hands. This is reason number one for failure in the
training/coaching business.  Being a good, humble human being will lead
you to being a good trainer and good entrepreneur
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