When it comes to training, you may have heard the term “training facilitator” floating around. But what exactly does this mean? Well, let’s dive in and explore the role of a training facilitator and how they can help make your training sessions a success.
A training facilitator is an adult educator first and foremost. They believe that people learn through adding new ideas and shifting the ideas that are already in their heads. Unlike traditional trainers who focus on teaching content, a training facilitator focuses on the process of learning. They know that people don’t learn by just listening to slide after slide and hearing point after point being pushed at them by a teacher. Instead, they recognize that in a group, there will be a range of expertise and they use this to their advantage. They use the more experienced people to tell stories, talk about situations, and provide models for the less experienced people. They also make sure that there is inherent interactivity in the workshop to keep attendees engaged.
One of the key things that a training facilitator does is a lot of planning. They spend a fair amount of time thinking about how they’re going to teach and what the process of learning will be. They also spend time thinking about how hard learning is and how they can make it easier for attendees. For example, they consider how to get attendees to pay attention and how to show them something shiny and interesting to keep them engaged. They also remind attendees of what they already know, and help them to be ready to learn new things.
A training facilitator also helps attendees to understand how the new information they’re learning fits with what they already know. They may have attendees talk about the information with others or ask questions to help them see it from different perspectives. Overall, a training facilitator is focused on helping attendees to learn as easily as possible.
In addition to these skills, a training facilitator also has to have a good knowledge of the content they’re teaching. They are familiar with the subject matter, but they know that the focus is on helping attendees to learn it.
In conclusion, a training facilitator is an adult educator who focuses on the process of learning. They spend a lot of time planning, and they make sure that there is inherent interactivity in the workshop. They also help attendees to understand how the new information fits with what they already know. They are familiar with the subject matter, but they know that the focus is on helping attendees to learn it. With the right training facilitator, your training sessions will be engaging, interactive and effective. So if you’re looking to take your training to the next level, consider hiring a training facilitator.
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