8 Ways to Boost Your Training Delivery Skills
The most impactful trainers are those who always seek to improve their performance.
Training delivery is just one aspect of working as a trainer, but it’s one that will make or break the effectiveness of your training sessions.
There are so many elements to consider when delivering training. It can be helpful to have a mental checklist for preparing and delivering excellent sessions every time.
Here are 8 handy tips for optimising your training delivery performance.
8 Training Delivery Tips
1. Know Your Audience
Think about who you are delivering training for. Your audience affects so much about your presentation; the tone, the delivery style, the use of humor (or not!), so take time to consider your audience.
2. Avoid Clutter
Keep slides and handouts clear and concise. Avoid too much text or clutter to ensure the audience can focus on your message.
3. Step Away from PowerPoint
It’s fine to use PowerPoint as a reference point or touchstone, but to keep your audience engaged, avoid the pitfall of simply reading from your slides.
4. Remove Padding
This is linked to, but also distinct from to the “avoid clutter” step. Only use slides, content and visual aids relevant to what you want to achieve. Avoid adding content as “padding”. This is distracting and takes focus away from what you want to achieve.
5. Get Comfortable
Make sure you know your presentation inside out. The more familiar you are with the structure of your presentation, the more confident you will be delivering it.
6. Be Ready for Questions
Try to anticipate what kinds of questions may be asked and prepare for these in advance.
7. Get a Second Opinion
When designing and delivering a presentation, it’s easy to get “too close” to the material. Ask a friend or colleague for feedback on the presentation itself and on your delivery style.
8. Be Fresh as a Daisy
Try to get a great night’s sleep before your presentation or speech. Don’t skip breakfast, lunch or whatever meal comes before your speech. Where possible, take some quiet time before you speak.