Health & Medical Self-Improvement

The Art of Training

Training is a very big thing in this world and people are becoming more and more aware of the importance of training their people properly. The challenge comes in with the fact that there is a large percentage of our population that does not know how to train someone effectively.

There is an art to training someone for whatever skill that the person is needing to be trained for. Some people seem to be just naturally good at this skill and other people are most definitely not a natural trainer. But the good news is, it is just a skill and skill can most definitely be taught.

So what are the steps to training someone? Well there are really not that many and they are pretty easy to follow. Let's use and example of training someone to drive a car because most people have gone through the process of being taught to drive, so hopefully, you will relate to this.

The first step to training someone a new skill is for the trainer to process the skill that is being taught. Lots of people miss this but it is so very important. If you think back to our example, driving instructors need to have a certain level of competence behind the wheel before they are let out to teach students.

The second step is for the trainer to explain or to show the student how to do the skill. This way the student can model you a bit. In the example, this would be the student watching their parents driving and then they need to read a book and take a test before they would start to drive on the actual roads.

Thirdly, the trainer would let the student attempt the skill with the teacher right there guiding them through the process. Again with driving, the student would have their learner's license and the trainer would take them out onto the road. Normally though, the trainer would take them to a back road with no traffic on it so that the student can get use to how the car moves, turns, slows down, and accelerates before they venture out into traffic.

Fourthly, the student would be doing the skill completely on their own but the trainer would still be nearby to answer any questions or to help out if needed. This is a great confidence booster for the student because usually they realize that it's up to them. The trainer is letting them make those small mistakes and letting the student realize them themselves or the trainer is just calmly bringing up that there is something not 100% correct. This really gets the student to think and figure for themselves what is going on. With the driving example again, this would be right around the time that the student would be ready to take the full test. The trainer is still there but the student is handling most things on their own.

Finally the trainer is not even there at all and the student is doing the skill completely on their own. Now, they probably are not yet a master at the skill but they are fully capable of handling things by themselves. This would be when the student driver now has their full licence and are out driving by themselves with no one else in the car.

Now, the most important part of this whole process is for the trainer to have patience with the student. If the trainer does not let the student go through this process, the student will never learn the skill. People learn best by figuring things out and by doing them for themselves. So if you let them go through the process and you guide them along the way, letting them make small mistakes and then allowing them to correct the mistakes, the student will very quickly become a master.

So go out there and apply this and become a great trainer.


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