On Friday, December 13, 2013, I was asked to speak at Staff Day for the Euclid Public Library. As a follow-up to that presentation, below are notes about the discussion that took place. The notes are from my memory, so if you have anything to add, please comment.
- Materials (Handouts, PowerPoint Presentations, etc.): Use color and make them fun!
- “The Dance”: Prepare the flow of the class such as questions to ask and samples to use.
- Environment: Add color and make it fun!
- You: Wear comfortable clothes that you feel good in. Add colors!
- Greet Students: Greet your students outside the door and introduce yourself.
- Music: Have music playing in the room. Walking into a quiet room can unsettle people.
- Contacting Students: If able, contact students ahead of time and tell them what to expect (where class is located, any obstacles (traffic/construction), what to bring, etc.). A pre-class survey could also be given to assess knowledge or gather some information before class.
- Relax: You know more!
- Parking Lot: Create a Parking Lot for questions
- Time: Start on Time/End on Time
- Knowledge Levels: Incorporate attendees with higher levels of knowledge by asking questions rather than just spewing out information.
- Staff Safety: If you are concerned about safety make sure windows are open for visibility and stand outside the door as attendees exit.
- Seniors: Speak loudly and make print on screen and in handouts larger.
- Vary Activities: Vary activities to different learning styles: Auditory, Visual, and Hands-On Learners.
- Fun: Classroom laughter is one of the best tools in the classroom – it adds fun and creates rapport. Incorporate games into learning. Oh, and give out CHOCOLATE – a great way to encourage participation.
- Summarize: Let attendees put together the summarization.
- Job Aids: Pass out job aids that can be posted for quick reference.
- Survey: Survey attendees on the classroom experience.
- Follow Up: Use Emails, Blogs, or Wikis to give additional information and/or start a conversation.
Training Tips from the Trainer’s Warehouse (The pink handout from the end of the session.): http://www.trainerswarehouse.com/trainingtips.asp
Ten Tips for New Trainers/Teachers: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2005/07/ten_tips_for_ne.html
The Spice Rack (Great training tips. Scroll down for the menu.): http://www.thetrainingoasis.com/ezine.html#presentation (There is a charge for information.)
Martini in the Morning: http://martiniinthemorning.com/page.php?9