Guide for first time trainers

The secret of being the best trainer is being organised and knowing exactly what you want to deliver to your audience. As a community that values peer to peer learning, it is important to know what to do in order to get the others learn quick and faster.This piece basically gives the most important things not to forget if one is to acquire the best results out of the training they intend to deliver no matter the size of your audience.

Most experienced trainers would testify the it used to feel as if training, teaching or transferring knowledge to another person was a heavy task or job but in upon recent times proved that ideology wrong especially getting to be a part of the community valuing open knowledge and peer to peer learning at jHUB has taught me some new things.

Considering knowledge transfer?

In knowledge sharing something important is getting to know how best to do it. We may all be having a knowledge of what we want to do, relay information, instruct and get things done, but how? The how question matters because without a proper method, channel and approach things could get all way uncontrollable.

After choosing a topic evaluate your personal knowledge and the type of session that might best suitable, do research to know the knowledge level of the person as regards the topic and relating subjects, update trainers knowledge to suit learner and be ahead

Material/ content preparation

gather teaching aids, start with doing research to get to shape the content and how best you can showcase your presentation skills. With a concrete content at hand and a the will to share this knowledge now lets focus on the person going to present the content. The judgmental audience would be cautious on all these aspects to gauge excellence and credibility of the speaker. The last thing one would want from an audience is mistrust , usually considered are by the audience to judge body language, communication skills, gestures, pace, confidence

Preparing your session

What is your call to action (the number one thing you want your audience to do)How much time to do you have? How much time do you need? What kind of session best suits your topic and audience? What equipment are available for you? What kind of space will your session be held in? How technical is your topic, is it a complex one? How many participants? What would you do if the number tripled? or halved? What do your participants expect? Think of your community Do you need a presentation? Do you need a worksheet for your participants? Does it fit within a larger curriculum or schedule? Do you need a teaching guide? Or a description of the session format? What do you want to publish at the end? A teaching guide? A blog post? A summary of your learning?

The trainer needs to produce the following as a minimum

Title and description you would send to participants (setting participant expectations) a session outline (level, tool, competency, aims, considerations, difficulties, assumptions, audience) a session outline if it would differ when done with your community a resource list either a worksheet or a presentation (depending on your session type)

Some practicalities to keep at hand

List the sources you think are important for your participants, Make sure you attribute quotes, Make sure your images, music, video has appropriate licenses, attribute the authors, Double check your licenses; remember FOSS so ware and Creative commons content

Planning your session

Take the time, Learn the material, Use your own words, Incorporate experiential learning, Overview and Objectives.

Write a lesson plan — curriculum instruction and delivery.

Optional sessions

While planning the session it is important to remember the kind of session because it influences the packaging and delivery methods. Be it a Book sprint, Panel discussion, Workshop, Keynote, Moz session, Lectures, Hackathon / lab, Spontaneous talks, Unconference, Conference, Breakout sessions, Science fair, Fireside chat, Domain experts, and debate. The format influences content delivery packaging.

Ensuring a good session

Assess your participants needs adapt on the most active partcipants setting expectations prepare for offline literacy

Format of the room (tables / formality / community event / interactivity) equipment code of conduct schedule / timings

In vocal presentations

Know your material, Remember to breath, Posture helps, Rehearse, Concentrate on the message, Know the participants, Reassure yourself, Be dynamic, Know the training room and your equipment, Even a bad training is a good training

Use repetition to make sure your points are made Harness your nervous energy and turn it into enthusiasm Use your style. Be natural and relaxed.

Learn the mechanics that work for you — memorization, casual speaking works in naturalizing the house and bridging gap

Are you a nervous speaker? Dealing with your fear. You could practice several times in from of a mirror or do the breathing exercises to overcome the frights but the fear must be lost

Lets consider the most favorable qualities of speaking to achieve clarity of your ideas, Simplicity of language, Conveying passionate, Awareness of your body language.

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