Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Running Your Own Training Course Successfully

Midway, my friends! Something I don't like to do: present in front of people. I have to do it at times though, including some stuff of my own I've put together on taking useable photos and business writing 101. I'm certainly not an expert though, but here are some tips from someone who might be, Jessie from across the pond:

It is a fact universally acknowledged that there are a lot of courses out there. You only have to type in the subject or area of expertise and hit enter and away the search engine flies, an insanely fast Retriever that brings back far too many options. However, though the choice may be endless, the quality is all important. Indeed, many professionals are at a level in their careers that they see the substance of these courses lacking – perhaps they have even been on courses that didn’t quite deliver (or that definitely didn’t deliver, infuriatingly so) and felt cheated of their time and money – and so seek to provide their own, properly researched and expertly delivered alternative.

Use What You Know, and Then Some
Successfully creating your own training course is, to put it mildly, a massive undertaking. Further, you don’t want to let your day-to-day job suffer for it, either, even though you aren’t offering the course for free. Your own course creation is not something to attempt when first starting out, however, thinking you know it all (new graduates, turn back now); this is for the people who have been there and done that in the real world, and are ready to teach those eagerly coming up behind them a few tips and tricks for tomorrow. Indeed, that care for others, formed from your own experiences, is a crucial part in formulating a course that connects with its participants.

PowerPoint is Your Frenemy
It is also a truth universally acknowledged that, no matter how lucky you have been in the past, at some in your life PowerPoint will fail you (most likely in a spectacular, memory-making way). Indeed, how many people have painstakingly prepared a presentation for delivery to a handful, a small group, even a large room full of people, and then had the lauded technology fall embarrassingly short of expectations? Too many to count, certainly, and yet PowerPoint is a key part of lessons that aids your hard-crafted syllabus immeasurably. A tough call, but you have to face the fear and give the technology another chance: your students will thank you for it.

The Exam and the Farewell
Every training course has to have a closing exam, obviously, finishing up with you getting busy with the certificate maker and officially deeming the participants “trained”. After all, you need to be sure that your output was very much inputted to the brains of those who chose your course to undertake that further beneficial training they had been looking for. Nonetheless, it takes time to write up a proper paper that asks the right questions, but which have set answers.

Depending on what you have been teaching, essay-type questions that require an elongated and detailed answer can be a more expedient way to go at first consideration, but just make sure you have the time to read what’s been written, multiplied by the amount of students on the course. Perhaps routine-answer questions are worth the extra time in the first place, after all.


  1. These are great tips - I have had a few ideas of training courses so thanks for the info! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Im not a huge fan of presenting in front of people either, but these are really good tips for when you have to!

  3. I loathe presenting to other people, and oh yes at some point PowerPoint will fail you. Thankfully, my most recent presentations have gone well so hopefully that's a new trend :)

  4. I have become pretty good at PowerPoint in my current role but I still hate presenting. I just finished editing a pretty large training manual that was never completed by the person who came before me. I have a whole new appreciation for these types of tasks... a shit ton of work! Great tips!

  5. If someone would have told me when I was in college that I was going to end up working in a field that would require me to speak in public to potentially large groups on a regular basis, I would have laughed. I'm still not sure how I got comfortable with doing it. The tip about connecting with participants is very much a key though!

  6. Such good tips! I have to give presentations sporadically and even after 12 years I still get nervous. I love "power point is your frenemy." I haven't done it in my past presentations because my office is where technology goes to die. Noting is worse though when someone does power point, and literally reads the power point to you!

  7. I haven't had to give a presentation in my current job, so I am rusty and it was nice reading over these tips!

  8. As a tutor to uni students, yes, PP is a hit or miss but I still use and love it. Great tips here!


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