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5 Tips for Getting into the FLOW of Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 9/23/13 4:00 AM
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I’ll never forget taking one particular course during my master’s degree program in Education. It was called the Psychology of Excellence. I was attracted to it because I am always trying to reach a higher level of performance in everything I do. The course centered on the work of Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He coined the term FLOW which he defined as the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of an activity.

The feeling of being in the FLOW happens in many areas of our lives, both at work and at play. Athletes sometimes refer to being in the zone when they perform at their peak, which is the same as being in the FLOW.

I find that there are times when I’m instructing, when all of the stars align, and I’m at the top of my game, I get into the FLOW. Boy does it feel great! Have you ever experienced this feeling when you deliver training? You know what I mean? Everyone is having fun, participating, laughing at your jokes, asking questions, and enjoying the learning process. You are delivering your content with ease, asking thought-provoking questions, managing your audio-visual aids swiftly, keeping a perfect pace, and making adjustments that work perfectly on the fly.

How do we get into this desired state of being? Here are five tips:

1. Practice your content until you are sick of hearing it yourself. Even if you get nervous when instructing, your preparation will take over and you will be fine.

2. Smile often and make consistent eye contact with your learners. This will help relax you. Being relaxed will allow you to pick up on the groups’ positive energy – it will energize you!

3. Teach because you genuinely love to help people. Your learners will respond very positively to your sincerity.

4. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your content because if you are not, why should your participants bother to learn it!

5. Always try to improve your presentation skills (and facilitation skills!) no matter how good you get. Never be satisfied with your performance, but take pride in it!

We don’t often get sufficient time to improve ourselves at work so I would encourage you to look into our many workshops and products for trainers to help you learn and practice your craft so you, too, can get into the FLOW of training!

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Lynne has been a course leader with Langevin since 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. After working many years in human resources and sales, Lynne transitioned into training, her true passion, where she’s been facilitating since 1994. Her training philosophy is simple—learning should be fun! The essence of a good instructor is someone who can make complex things easy to understand and fun to learn. In her free time, you’ll find Lynne cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.

Topics: facilitation, presentation skills, tips-for-trainers

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