3 days

Behind every spectacular training session is a lot of preparation and meticulous attention to detail. The truly skilled trainer can make a program exciting. Learners will have fun while they are learning if the facilitator is able to involve their emotions as well as their minds. You will see the involvement, and you will feel the energy.

To reach this stage as an adult educator is not always easy, but success is not just for the naturally gifted. It is possible for all of us who put effort into our personal growth and development. We want the enormous satisfaction that comes from working with others to help them reach their potential as human beings. This three-day workshop will help you reach that goal.

This workshop requires that you have a good understanding of basic training principles, including adult learning concepts, the experiential learning cycle, training methods, and designing a learning sequence.


We strongly recommend completing The Practical Train the Trainer workshop before taking this course.

Objectives for this workshop include:

  • Enhance your understanding of learning styles and how to accommodate all four learning styles in the classroom
  • Understand the key principles of effective communication in a workshop setting
  • Use a variety of training techniques to stimulate participation
  • Develop a plan and prepare for an effective training session
  • Understand the different levels of evaluation and when to use each
  • Understand how and when to add fun and humor to your training session
  • Identify advanced interventions for difficult situations
  • Practice the skills needed for a team presentation

Course Outline

Session One: Course Overview

  • Course Overview
  • Learning Objectives
  • Pre-Assignment
  • Pre-Course Assessment

Session Two: Preparing to Learn

  • Pre-Assignment Review
  • Individual Reflection

Session Three: Understanding Learning

  • The Trainer’s Role
  • Case Study
  • Personal Skill Identification

Session Four: Competencies for Adult Educators

  • Questionnaire
  • Making Connections

Session Five: Accommodating Learning Preferences

  • The Learning Process
  • Preparing a Plan
  • Learning Styles

Session Six: Increasing Your Expertise

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Design Considerations
  • Changing Points of View

Session Seven: Using Existing Materials

  • Customizing Courseware
  • What Does It Take To Customize A Program?
  • Copyright Considerations
  • Over-Plan and Over-Prepare

Session Eight: Managing the Stress of Training

  • Easy De-Stressing Techniques
  • Building Resilience
  • De-Stressing in Class

Session Nine: Planning a Workshop

  • Preparing the Essentials
  • Planning for Success
  • Anticipating Challenges

Session Ten: Preparing Visual Aids

  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Video (Digital or DVD)
  • Flip Charts
  • Whiteboard or Chalkboard
  • Smartboards

Session Eleven: Your Role as an Effective Communicator

  • Leading a Discussion
  • Good Discussions
  • Making Connections

Session Twelve: Questioning as a Training Technique

  • Asking Questions
  • Types of Questions

Session Thirteen: Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluation

  • Level One: Reaction
  • Level Two: Knowledge Evaluation
  • Level Three: Transfer of Learning
  • Level Four: Impact Evaluation
  • Skill Application

Session Fourteen: On-the-Job Support

  • Designing Effective On-the-Job Support

Session Fifteen: Dealing with Difficult Situations

  • Potential Problems

Session Sixteen: Training in Different Forums

  • In Person or Not?
  • Limitations and Considerations

Session Seventeen: Webinar

  • Webinar Platforms
  • Webinar Planning
  • Webinar Agenda Exercise

Session Eighteen: Team Teaching

  • What is Team Teaching?
  • Co-Facilitation Inventory

Session Nineteen: Training Preparation

  • Training Preparation Worksheet