Training sessions can be dull and boring if you don’t successfully capture your audience’s attention, which often leads to people nodding off (let’s face it, many of us have been there!). This is demotivating and disheartening to the trainer, who sees a room full of glazed over eyes blankly staring back.
With a team of over 200 freelance events crew nationwide, that we train twice a year, it’s crucial that we keep training fresh and engaging. Over the years we’ve become quite the experts in delivering fun, skill-based training for our experiential events (even if we do say so ourselves).
Here’s our top five tips to deliver an engaging training session:
- Choose the right venue/Create the right atmosphere
If you have a lifeless ‘black and white’ room, people will quickly disengage and switch off. One of our favourite training sessions this year was held at Edinburgh Zoo, in a meeting room looking into the monkey enclosure. This was a great talking point, and made the session fun and memorable. If you’re stuck with a plain venue, then it’s important to get creative and decorate the room – you’ll be surprised the difference a bit of bunting can make!
- Get everyone moving about with improvisation games
If people are sat down all day being talked at, they will quickly switch off and probably won’t participate much. Improvisation games bring light hearted fun to the session, and are a great way to left off energy and get people laughing (even if it is at themselves sometimes). In our experience, people quickly become more alert and productive when they’re engaged.
- Practice makes perfect
The thought of presenting to a room full often fills people with dread. You may panic you’re going to forget your words, develop a nervous laugh or get asked tricky questions – we’ve all experienced it at some point. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, so ask a colleague or family member to sit through your presentation. It may feel a little awkward at first, but any feedback and constructive criticism will help you prepare.
- Don’t come across as a teacher
We deliver fun, skilled-based training to our experiential crew, so it’s important our trainers aren’t too formal. Make sure you don’t come across as a teacher and just stand at the front of the room talking. It’s important to move around the room and spend time sat with the crew. For this type of training a smart/casual dress code is appropriate, and will help to lighten the mood. You don’t want to be in formal restrictive clothes when getting involved in the improvisation games!
- Everybody loves a challenge
It may bring out the competitive side in people, but despite what the prize is, everybody loves a competition. Don’t worry you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a prize, it can even be just a box of chocolates, but it’s another great way of getting people involved and having fun.