As I write this article for this edition of PrepareNow,
I think of a million topics: Writing Tips for Your Flip Chart, Setting the Room Up for Learning, How to Motivate Your Participants. But before I go on a training tips tangent, let's get back to basics. The best tip I received when I first started training for CPI was "model the program concepts." Teaching the Prepare Training®
program is a great deal about respecting
Let's start by talking about the program before it actually begins. Ask yourself three questions before you start teaching the Prepare Training®
Did I send out an invitation to staff that gets them excited about the training? Is it supportive?
- Announce/market your training so that it will have a positive impact on the attitudes of your participants and the energy in your training class.
- Provide staff with information about class expectations and appropriate attire. Staff will be much more receptive if they understand expectations for participation.
Did I set up my training room in a way that is welcoming, safe, and ready to go?
- Select a training space that will be conducive to both the lectures and exercises included in the course.
- Make space for participants to sit comfortably and write in their workbooks.
- Assess your body language for the message you communicate to staff as they arrive.
Did I greet people with a handshake and positive energy when they arrived at training? Am I excited about teaching the program?
- Make a first impression that sets the tone for your entire class. You may have participants who feel uneasy coming to training, and don't feel comfortable in groups. Do your best to make participants feel at ease in your class so that they don't put up "mind walls" to training concepts.
- Thank participants in your opening comments. They've taken time to attend, and it's important that we value their participation. This can influence a positive culture of care.
- Start your class on time—it is the first truth or the first lie you will tell.
Remember, how you set up your program will lead directly to its success.
Julie Porter has been a Global Professional Instructor for 16 years and has provided support, guidance, and direction to many Certified Instructors who have started teaching the program.