Trainers are a special breed. Many found their calling to teach others and have honed their adult learning knowledge and skills to deliver trainings and interact with participants over many years. Today, we find ourselves at a moment unlike any other to truly leverage virtual training and education tools because the audience is thirsty to learn, but not everyone is able to meet face-to-face.
The transition to remote training can be stressful with the added element of the computer, camera and microphone compounded with WiFi or other connectivity issues. Fortunately, and internet speed depending, you can still use your skills to notice body language and visual cues to keep your participants engaged. And while you work out the butterflies and get settled in with the technology, any anxiety you feel can be easily overcome by following these helpful tips:
- Follow your TIPS Trainer Guide. Remember, we laid it all out for you. Yes, you’ll have to adjust a little for remote conferencing but a way to overcome that is to…
- Rehearse beforehand. Review the training presentation and prepare some scripting that you can use to kick off the web conference or for transitions. We promise it won’t seem awkward at all and it will reduce your anxiety by 1000%!
- Log in to the meeting early. It’s always good to log in 20-30 minutes early because you’ll find that participants will begin testing their equipment and logging in about 15 minutes before the start of a meeting. You can be of assistance to participants via chat or email which will set their minds at ease, too.
- BREATHE! Take a deep breathe before you begin. And, if you feel you’re moving along too quickly, slow down and engage your participants.
- Most of all, have some fun!