Five Secrets to a Great Online Train-the-Trainer Session
Remember how you used to stand in front of your managers and train them on the material to take to their teams? Now, you do it on an online call. And, it’s likely you’ll have to do it this way for a long time to come.
So, instead of giving you the pointers on how to engage your audience (read that blog here), we’ll give you the ones on how to conduct the meeting. You know these, we’re simply here to remind you.
1. Intro and Agenda
To keep the meeting on track, introduce an agenda slide. If you can, give people a time frame per item. That way, they’ll know what to expect.
Think about it like this: If you chunk the time, it’s easier to think, “Oh, the intro is 5 minutes, the body is 25, the practice is 15, the Q&A is 10, and the conclusion is 5.” Hmm. Not so bad. Than to think, “Wow, this meeting is AN HOURRRR.”
2. Set a Time Expectation and Meet It
Easiest, hardest thing in the world. If you said one hour, make it an hour. Practice, if you can, to make sure you’ll be on time. Why?
If you think you can go over just because you’re the manager and everyone has to hear you out, you’re wrong, my friend. You just broke trust. Keep your word clean and meet the time you said you would.
3. Take a Break
It’s safe to say we have a societal agreement that we can be in a meeting for one hour. We can thank school or work for that. But, if you’re going to make it longer, take break. Even if the meeting is only 1h15mins. Break up the meeting at 45 so that the rest of the 30 minutes don’t seem so long.
4. Review the Content in Your Conclusion
This is a good practice. Do it in bullet-point style, no need to get into it again. For example, in this blog, we saw:
- Four (so far) great tips to conduct an online train-the-trainer
- The biggest topics were making an agenda, timing, taking a break, and reviewing your topics at the end.
Are there any questions on any of the topics above?
After it’s all said and done, you may want to do a follow-up. Let your trainees know you’ll be checking in with them in the coming weeks. Or, if you have too many trainees to keep that promise, be sure to give them an open line of communication to you. Questions may come up when they’re actually out there training the material for the first time.
Who Are We?
We are Miranda Park Learning, your instructional design experts. When you need to conduct a train-the-trainer session, contact us. We’ll help you keep your session on-time and focused. Or, we can also conduct the session for your team.
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