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Top Tips for Trainers!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 11/21/16 8:00 AM
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I want to love yoga, but I get so frustrated when I go to the class at my local gym! I am constantly wondering, “Are my hips at the right angle for downward dog? Are my hands and feet pointed in the right direction?” As I move into each pose, I watch what the instructor is doing but I still don’t feel like I have the proper form. I end up leaving feeling more stressed than relaxed. 

 

Therein lies the problem. I am observing the instructor’s presentation but the instructor is not observing me. At my gym, the instructor stays on her “stage” and guides us through the poses, but never actually walks around to monitor our performance or provide coaching when needed.

 

When delivering training on a new skill, it is essential that, in addition to presenting the information, you also monitor the participant’s application of the new skill and provide feedback on how they are performing the task. For example, if after demonstrating a yoga pose, my instructor walked around the room observing the participants, providing positive reinforcement and/or coaching when someone was doing a pose incorrectly, it would make me feel more relaxed.

 

By incorporating a variety of instructional techniques into our training and using presentation, application, and feedback, we can ensure a transfer of training is taking place and our learners are leaving our training sessions with the knowledge and the skills to perform consistently and effectively back on the job. 

 

As instructors, let’s make sure our participants are leaving our classes feeling successful and stress-free and that their “downward dogs” leave wagging their tails!

 

Our Instructional Techniques for New Instructors  workshop is full of tips and techniques for your trainer’s toolkit! What tips do you have for your fellow trainers?

 

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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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