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SO WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE TRAINER?

For trainers it is important to identify where their provision fits within the learning cycle. Their input fits within the overall concept of knowledge transfer - inspirational trainers can by the nature of their skills and competencies inspire others through their words and behaviours. This transfer of knowledge we know can be enhanced by helping people learn through their senses. Therefore the more trainers involve learners in their learning the more effective it will be. Although we know the power of learning through doing there is also value in learning through presentation. A skilful and effective trainer's role will be closer to the role of the storyteller who can enthral and prompt deep thought and imagination, but however inspiring the trainer is the limit of this presentation should be about 20 minutes.

A trainer designing and orchestrating a perfectly balanced event will need to provide a wide range of learning opportunities. Unfortunately too many learners are still being subjected to large classrooms of training content delivery that only really serves the purpose of recording attendance, i.e. my body is in the room, but my mind and spirit are elsewhere.

The real role of the trainer is to recognize what the learner really needs to learn through classroom learning and to identify the value-added benefits. As part of this analysis it will also be important to look at each area of content and ask the question: what is the most effective way of delivering this learning? In addition it is necessary also to look at the overall content and to identify whether during the whole event the needs of different learning styles are met.


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