More and more people are often turning to campuses to gain basic skills of what they want to learn in quick and broad training. Training is being held for everyone from small kids to grown adults, and each time there are some basic principles it has to obey. Organizing the activities will not be successful if you don’t know what your targets should be. Let’s see what you should focus on.
- Be a gardener, not a carpenter
The idea started on how to educate kids, and it quickly spread out to all trainers. It actually appeared when researchers from the University of Harvard were trying to explain to parents how to raise their kids properly. So what is the fuss all about? The concept of this sentence is the fact that the most beneficial role a trainer should have is to help others grow. Depending on their unique characteristics, people will let other parts of their personalities come out. Your role is to help them develop the talents they already have. A carpenter, on the other hand, is a person who tries to give a specific shape to the wood regardless of what the initial shape is. Besides, wood doesn’t carry life on itself, and it won’t get ”hurt” if you try to cut it or differentiate it in a way. On the other hand, flowers are living organisms, and raw treatment may cause negative results. They should be treated with respect and love. This is how learners should be embraced when they are introduced to a new workshop and activity. Help them to cultivate their existing skills, and they will appreciate you even more.
- Explaining is not for dummies
If you are the type of person, who does not like to underestimate their audience, you don’t want to deal with people who have low confidence and believe that asking questions is for dummies. Those who will pay to attend your workshop or the campus come with certain expectations. They want to see which part of the process you have taken care of. A solid presentation for matters on your behalf will help them trust you. They will feel they did the right thing by investing their money in this activity. Apart from bringing the best out of them, you have to remember that there are certain requirements from the organizers. In other words, you need to have done your homework. You need to have a good plan and be aware of the subject you intend to present to others. Be available to answer all of their questions and prove that you are indeed a specialist and not just a random guy they hired to teach others. Also, be prepared for the questions that will arise in the seminars. If you can answer some of these before they are even asked, this will be an extra plus not only for your prestige but also for the participants’ sake.
- Encourage participants to present their work
The last challenge for each one involved in the workshops is to communicate your work to other people. Developed countries have pointed out the significance of this step and teach people at a very young age to promote their work and themselves. Still, a lot of work has to be done in that direction since many individuals struggle with anxiety and fear of speaking to large audiences. The answer to that is practice. The more you get exposed, the more you get used to it, and this is something people will learn only based on their own experience. Remember, the workshop is a safe playground to be exposed to. It is preferable to mess up there instead of doing badly in a presentation for work. Let people know that this is an opportunity for them and that this is the only way they should think about this experience. If the time is limited and not everyone can make a presentation, make small groups and let the participants decide who is going to take the role of the frontman. Last but not least, the presentation does not always have to be a PowerPoint. It can be a performance, an inspirational talk, or anything that will make people communicate their work to others.
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