I gave my first training ever in May 2007. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was in a tent! Although the surroundings were tranquil and nature was in her full fall glory, in colours of burnt orange, olive green and golden browns, it should’ve had a calming effect on me. It was quite the opposite. I felt so overwhelmed and intimidated, mainly because I worried about leaving out (and forgetting) important information, and then being judged by the students. I guess that is what makes us all human.
I couldn’t have been more wrong! The students were actually going through the same stress loaded, roller-coaster emotions and fear prior to the training. They also felt intimidated about being trained (who knew?). I wish I knew then what I know now. Teaching others is no joke, but by the same token it can be fun and not intimidating like many of you may think.
Here are a few tips to make your next training session less intimidating:
- Smile – not a fake smile, but from the heart. People will see your smile in your eyes and will return the favour.
- Make students feel comfortable – this is all about the ‘safe space’ in the classroom (or tent J) and will encourage collaboration and participation.
- Be well prepared (on the subject matter and on questions which you may not be able to answer (this contributes greatly towards your credibility).