TAE: 4 ideas you can steal for training and education
Rose Training Australia discusses some fantastic TAE ideas that you can use in the workplace!
- Part of your role as a trainer in the workplace is to give feedback, and this also includes praise. It’s important to show appreciation for those who you are working with
and acknowledge when good work is being done, and also when improvements are taking place. A great TAE trainer will notice these traits in their trainees and give them praise for it. Praise isn’t just a superfluous ego-boosting activity; it actually helps your team become stronger and more successful. But it’s important to give praise that is memorable – praising too much can be just as bad not praising at all! Specific praise (like pinpointing your trainee’s ability to learn how to use a new software program quickly) is ideal. Verbal praise can be mixed with actions like allowing an employee who has performed well to lead a team for a certain work project.
- At Rose Training Australia we’re all about credibility. But how does one establish a sense of credibility as a trainer working with a new team? A
credible team leader is one that inspires, influences and gains the respect and trust of those around him or her. To be a credible trainer, you’ve got to have integrity. You have to be seen and believed to be a person who has a moral compass and respect for yourself and the people you are training. Be authentic, genuine and most of all, be yourself. People can detect a fake persona in less than 10 seconds, and are more inclined to be open and more receptive to a workplace trainer who speaks with them rather than at them. However all of this is redundant if you don’t have expertise! Be an expert at your training topic, and don’t stop absorbing knowledge about even if you’ve been training for years and years. A keen educator is also a keen learner.
Prioritisation as a workplace trainer is paramount. You need plans, scheduling and be able to manage your time efficiently and in a way that yields a high level of productivity for your team. How do you get this done? Prioritising your training is important when you have time constraints and when you know that your team isn’t going to be able to pay attention to you for hours on end. One tool you can use is the Urgent/Important Matrix. Think those two words are synonyms? Think again. Sometimes what we think is urgent isn’t important and what is important isn’t really urgent. For example, an urgent task may be discussing a new approach to customer relations at your work. An important task may be maintaining a healthy workplace. As you can see, the urgent task is of a shorter term nature in relation to your direct training skills, while the important task will take longer to achieve, and includes behavioural and emotional changes that you have to grow and nurture within your team. So for now, the urgent task takes priority and the important task can be planned so that its effect is gradual and is done in small steps.
Using the right Visuals
- When making presentations, there is always a tendency to overload power points with as much information as possible, with bright colours and lots of clip art and animation.
While this can be amusing, you are probably not communicating your message effectively to your team. Keep it simple! A minimalist TAE presentation is a good presentation. Now, we’re not saying to make it boring, colours are good, but keep it clean, crisp, relevant and visually appealing rather than visually repulsive. Yes, use pictures and videos, but don’t let them be the centre of the presentation. Content is important too. Slides with lots of graphs and numbers without verbal explanations aren’t useful, neither are powerpoint presentations with so many slides you can see your team members flicking through their print out to see how many slides are left before the presentation is over. Know the culture and knowledge of your audience, keep your font, colours and images consistent and remember to explain complex data like graphs in simple terms. Tip: if you can read your entire TAE presentation off your slides alone you’re doing it wrong! Slides should be a brief snapshot or summary of your main verbal training.
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