A successful trainer needs to effectively engage various types of trainees
and adapt quickly in the learning environment to meet their needs. Review the
three scenarios below. Discuss how you would effectively engage and manage each
group of participants in a 2-day training seminar. Apply two to three specific
adult learning principles and/or techniques to each of the scenarios listed
Your colleague is a training specialist who has just concluded an activity on
techniques for overcoming challenges in the classroom. He clearly understood
the content but did not ask questions of the group to confirm their
understanding. In addition, when explaining activities, the directions were not
clear and there was never an opportunity to ask for clarification. What
constructive feedback would you give to your colleague?
Your colleague is a department manager who has just opened a training session.
Her opening included group introductions, but she went directly into presenting
content. About an hour later, a few participants began talking out of turn.
What feedback would you give to your colleague on the impact this may have had
on participants, and what could have been done differently to avoid this
Your colleague is a human resources manager who just completed an activity
followed by a group discussion. The activity went well, but the debrief did
not. As the facilitator, he had trouble getting the group to answer his
questions. The group did not appear to be very engaged. What feedback could you
give him on how he could get participants to participate?