What makes a professional trainer effective?
If you’re thinking about becoming a trainer, it’s helpful to reflect on the key skills required by this role. The characteristics listed below will help you to decide if being a trainer will suit your strengths, and if it is a role you will enjoy.
It’s important to note that you don’t need all of the skills listed - you can gain many of them through training and practice. Our goal is to give you a sense of what’s involved in the day-to-day work of a trainer, so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s the right career move for you.
A Professional Trainer Must...
- Identify training needs successfully.
- Be organised and fully prepared for training delivery.
- Be ready to change and adapt, always thinking on their feet.
- Have confidence speaking in public.
- Have the ability to remain focused.
- Design effective and engaging training programmes.
- Be able to handle difficult situations and complex group dynamics.
- Have a thorough understanding of the programme subject matter.
- Communicate clearly at all times.
- Be patient.
- Practice good time management.
- Evaluate the outcome of training programmes.