Are You a Credible Trainer?

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If you have ever had participants questioning your credibility as a trainer then you’re not alone. I was once criticized for my awful handwriting on the blackboard (yeah, this was twenty years ago, when I was an assistant at university) – my students assumed that I was not skillful in other areas either.

And here’s an example from Joel Graff, an engineer and veteran trainer: “I once had to ‘train’ guys with 10-25 years experience (largely for paperwork reasons). Word got back to me before class that a lot of them were pretty negative about it.”

How he solved the situation? He told them:

“Rather than stand up here and bore you with several hours of lecture, we’re going to do it a bit differently. You guys are going to teach me. We’re going to talk about all the usual stuff, but I want to get your perspective on what works, what doesn’t, and what’s just plain stupid. What you say matters. This is how policies are developed and how they get changed. So, I really need your participation.”

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