Advice from a few "old hands"...
Focus on LEARNing - not TRAINing
Focus on emotional intelligence, integrity and compassion
Develop the person, not just the skills and knowledge
Develop the fluency – not just the literacy
Ask – don’t just tell
Prioritise “doing” – not just learning-by-listening
Think about growing a person from the inside – not changing them from the outside
Think “knowledge co-creation” – not knowledge transfer
Focus on individuals – not just the group
Remember adults (kids, too) want the 3Rs – Real, Respect, Responsibility
Think activities and tasks – not “content”
See yourself as an educator – not simply an “edutainer”
Think “story-telling” and learning conversations – not mini-lectures
Trainees want challenge, collaboration and choice – always (even when they don’t know it)!
Use variety in your materials, activities and grouping techniques
Feedback, feedback, feedback…and act on it!
Leave the ego at the door – it’s about “them”, not “you”
Try to create “learning opportunities” – not just humorous sound bites
Build trust – before getting to attitudes, beliefs and assumptions
Think engagement – not just artificial impact
Accentuate the positives - always
Resist the temptation to give answers – questions, questions, questions
Always have faith in people's ability to learn for themselves
Have a go! It's good fun...