The worst thing ever is to have a boring trainer! Monotone, dull, unemotional, and not engaging…yuck! No one will learn this way. I can remember in college having a genetics professor just like this. I loved genetics, but he made me hate it…. simply because he was boring to watch and listen to. Who knows maybe I would have been a Geneticist had he been more dynamic.
When you stand in front of a group of people to teach them, you become an actor. You need to be engaging, funny, memorable, and effective. Quite honestly, not everyone is cut out to be a trainer/teacher. You can have all the knowledge in the world and be an awful educator.
Here are my tips to keep your students engaged:
I was teaching a food safety class to a group of school cafeteria workers. Prior to the class, their Food Service Director told me she had been having a hard time getting her staff to wear hair restraints. When I asked why, she said, some of them say it is uncomfortable, messes up their hair, and students make fun of them. So, this is what I did. When I started class, as I was introducing myself, I put on a hair net. Not the pretty kind that you cannot see, but an industrial one that was white and heavy. I had long blonde hair at the time, so I looked a lot different with my hair net on than I did when I first walked into the room. I did not tell the students why I was putting on the hair net and continued to teach my two-hour class. At the end of the class, I asked if there were any further questions. No one had any questions. I said “Really, no questions at all? Isn’t anyone wondering why I am wearing this beautiful hair net?” The students retorted, “Oh yeah, why?” I responded, “Because after a while you forgot it was even there. Wear your hair restraint, after a while it will just be part of your food safety culture.”
A story I hope you learn from.