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How to Ensure a Repeat Course Continues to be Enjoyable

Posted by Beth Brashear on 7/16/18 8:00 AM
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As trainers, we all have that one course we teach repeatedly. You know the one I’m talking about. The course that brings about the little voice in your head that says, “If I have to teach this one more time!” We’ve all been there. I know I have! So, how do we ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable for us, the trainers?

 

These are some best practices I’ve found useful when I teach the same workshop often:

 

Mental Preparation

Mentally prepare for your course by reminding yourself that while this may be your 100th time teaching it, it’s the first time the learners are attending. This will help remind you of your “purpose” and to stay fresh and excited for your learners.

 

Icebreakers and Energizers

Rotate your icebreakers and energizers so that you are not using the same ones each time you conduct the workshop. The variety will help eliminate some of the additional repetitiveness.

 

Stories, Metaphors, and Examples

Look for new stories, metaphors, and examples to use in your course. This will help keep it fun and interesting for you and your participants. Remember to rehearse before trying something new!

 

Presentation and Application Methods

Mix up the presentation and application techniques used in your workshop. This handy list of 50 Instructional Methods from our Instructional Design for New Designers workshop will get you started!

 

These are just a few best practices I use to ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable. What techniques have you found useful in this situation?

 

To learn more on this topic, and become a dynamic trainer while you’re at it, check out the Instructional Techniques for New Instructors workshop!

 

Ultimate Guide to Making Training Fun


Beth has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She currently resides in Washington, DC and is working towards completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Beth began her training career in 2006 and believes, while training needs to be educational, it also needs to be fun! Outside of the classroom, Beth enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, playing volleyball, and travelling. She hopes to one day visit India during the Festival of Lights, Mexico for the Day of the Dead Celebration, Rio for the Carnival, and China for the Chinese New Year.



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