Knowing how to teach is a superpower and knowing how to teach something that companies need is a gold mine. If you teach very well, they will hire you over and over again. Here are five keys that will help you teach your knowledge in an impressive way to succeed in training.
Have a clear goal
Very often I have seen teachers begin to count ideas one after another, with illustrative examples and cases, but in an apparently disjointed way. This comes as a consequence of not being clear about the objective, which is a real problem because it ensures that no one knows the general context and that everyone wastes their time. Ask yourself: in this session or module, what do I want them to learn and why? Make sure you order the ideas in a logical sequence that makes it easy for them to follow you. This will give them clarity and facilitate the understanding process.
Make it practical
“If I listen I understand, if I see I remember, if I do I learn” – Maria Montessori. A very common mistake in training is wanting to teach everything. And since time is limited, we give more preference to information and do not make enough time for the exercise. This is a mistake because it is in the exercise that the knowledge is established. As a general rule, dedicate at least half of the time of your training to practice with a group or individual exercises, and subsequent reflection, so that the experience is memorable and satisfactory results.
Ask frequently asked questions
In the other half of your training, in which you will be explaining the theory, it is important that you do not just speak. Because by doing so, you will enter a monologue format that is not much use for attention reasons, the attention span of people is very limited. Even if they are very interested in what you say, if after 10 minutes there has not been a change in rhythm, they will stop listening to you.
Ask frequently asked questions to change the pace, give people the limelight, get them to reflect and debate. You’ll see how the experience changes color.
Ralph Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters International, said, “We learn best when we have fun.” We have all experienced this, even if it is the other way around. When the class is boring, we disconnect. Studying is tedious and the effort required to learn is monumental. Playing is one of the best ways to learn. Because it amuses us, arouses curiosity, and makes it easier to remember.
Therefore, incorporate game elements into your formations to make the experience unforgettable.
You know that if you only talk theory, people get lost. Because we are emotional beings and we need to connect, visualize, and live ideas internally to make them our own. History is the best educational resource. Because it makes it easier for students to pay attention, visualize what you tell, identify with it, and feel its value.
For each topic, you present, tell at least one story that helps them see the problem it solves and the benefit of solving it. This way you will get much more interest from the students.
With which of these five keys do you identify yourself the most? Which do you think will help you present your ideas more effectively and impactfully? Teaching people is very rewarding because it helps you change their lives for the better. And also, it can help you earn a lot of money. But only if you do it right.
Use these keys in your training and presentations and you will see how you will change people’s lives and that will help you earn a very good living teaching what you know.