12 Qualities of a Good Trainer
If you’re thinking about becoming a trainer or if you train others as part of your role, it is important to reflect on the key skills required in this role.
The 12 qualities we outline in this article will give you a clear picture of what it takes to be a good trainer.
You will also get a sense of what is involved in the day-to-day work of a trainer, so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s the right role for you.
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12 Qualities of a Good Trainer
1. Training Needs Analysis (TNA):
A professional trainer needs to be able to identify training needs successfully and carry out an accurate training needs analysis for clients and trainees.
This crucial skillset is covered in detail during our Training Needs Identification & Design course.
2. Strong Organisational Skills:
Trainers must always be organised and well-prepared for training delivery.
Good organisational skills not only help you feel prepared, they also help you to get back on track when something unexpected occurs, such as a technical difficulty, or a challenging personality in the group.
No matter how organised you are, unexpected circumstances and challenges can always occur.
Be ready to change and adapt to working in different situations and environments.
4. Confident Delivery:
There are many aspects to successful training delivery. Professional trainers will have a confident style of training delivery that ticks all of these boxes.
Tip: You can learn more about what’s involved in great training delivery in the “Course Content” section of our QQI Training Delivery & Evaluation brochure.Get Brochure
When you are training a group in any subject, you must have the ability to remain focused in order to achieve your goals and cover the planned material.
6. Training Design Skills:
Professional trainers should also know how to design effective and engaging training programmes.
Tip: This is a core focus of our QQI Training Needs Identification & Design Course. Learn more in our PDF brochure.Get Brochure
7. Think on Your Feet:
Trainers need to be able to handle difficult situations and complex group dynamics to keep things running smoothly.
We cover both handling group dynamics and challenging behaviours as part of our Training Delivery & Evaluation Course.
8. Subject Matter Expert:
Whatever you train, you must understand well.
In addition to being familiar with the delivery materials (slides, videos, exercises etc.), you must also have a strong enough comprehension to answer questions on the subject.
9. Excellent Communication:
Communication is at the core of all training delivery.
This incorporates spoken, written, active listening, and comprehension communication skills.
People learn in different ways and at different speeds.
When training others, it is essential that you are patient and inclusive.
11. Time Management:
Good time management habits are the secret weapon of effective, efficient trainers.
Get a head start by reading our "15 Helpful Time Management Tips" article.
12. Evaluation Techniques:
For your benefit and that of your trainees, you will need to understand how to evaluate the outcome of your training sessions.
During Training Delivery & Evaluation, we devote an entire module to effective evaulation techniques you can adopt to achieve this goal.