The training and development of employees is crucial to any organisation’s performance. They are the ones who make sure the business have what they need to succeed, whether it’s to expand the abilities of their staff or develop future company leaders.

So what does it take to be a highly effective workplace trainer? In this blog we break down the top six qualities every trainer should embody.

1. Effective trainers have great communication skills

The essence of a trainer’s job is to get information across to others in a way that helps them learn, and therefore they must know how to communicate clearly and effectively.

To do this, trainers need to be able to effectively listen and respond to participants, speak and write clearly, use appropriate body language and know when and how to ask questions.

2. Effective trainers are enthusiastic

As a trainer enthusiasm goes a long way in making you the best you can be. This is usually not a hard task to master because trainers love to learn and this energy is contagious.

By using their own enthusiasm and a combination of methods, resources and activities, they can effectively motivate learners and maintain their interest while they teach.

3. Effective trainers are experts

Trainers must have a deep knowledge of the business and subject they are teaching, to enable them to make clear presentations and so they can answer questions without being vague or evasive.

Having adequate knowledge also allows them to design an effective training program and maintain the engagement of their students throughout the training.

4. Effective trainers are organised

Training can be a juggling act. If the trainer does not stay on track how can they expect their students to?

The best trainers are the ones who are well organised, good planners and make productive use of their available time to ensure they get the most out of their training sessions.

5. Effective trainers put their learners first

Good trainers are patient with their learners when conducting training. If the motivation and engagement of their students is waning, their patience can be put to the test. This is where they need to be able to quickly change direction and respond quickly to the unexpected.

It is also inevitable that some learners will find different aspects of the course more difficult than others, so it is important the trainers stay supportive, encouraging, empathetic and attuned to the learners’ needs.

6. Effective trainers apply their teachings to many situations

The most engaging trainers are well versed in training for transfer. It is very important they have the ability to show learners how what they are learning can be applied in a variety of situations.

This can be done through engaging with others to share ideas and solve problems so that the training programs they provide meet participants’ needs and the organisation’s goals.


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