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3 Tools for Success as a Trainer

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/13/14 4:00 AM
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The other day I was writing down some notes to prepare for a workshop and decided it would be wise to use a pencil. A pencil, now that’s an antique. Who uses pencils anymore?! The worst part about the moment was that the pencil needed sharpening and I did not have a sharpener! I did not have the right tool to do the job. That got me thinking about what tools I need for my job as a trainer and why they are so important.


The following three tools are essential to my trainer toolkit. I can’t live without them in my job as a trainer.

1. Lesson Plan. This is probably the most critical tool I use to succeed in my job. I no longer design instruction. Instead, I deliver it. My lesson plan is the top tool I use in every workshop. Without my lesson plan I’d have to go by memory, and at my age that may be a bit risky! This tool is so important to me that I never get on an airplane without it! If the airline loses my luggage, there is no problem because my lesson plan is packed safely with me.

2. Table Toys. I know, you’re wondering why these are so important. Well, they help people learn! Kinesthetic learners often need something to do with their hands while learning. This helps them absorb and retain information. The table toys can also send the message to my groups that we’re going to learn and have fun doing it!

3. Emergency and Supplies Kit. A few months ago I actually left this at home prior to going on a business trip and it really increased my stress level! I always carry the following items to help me do my job effectively: timer, sticky notes, playing cards, pair of dice, batteries, index cards, and course-specific laminated activity cards. These may seem like little things, but if you need them to teach and you don’t have them, it can throw you off your game and affect your performance!


If you would like to add more to your instructor toolkit, our Instructional Techniques for New Instructors workshop is just what you need! 

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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.

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