Creative Training Techniques Handbook by Bob Pike 1

Creative Training Techniques Handbook is a very comprehensive toolkit for trainers, and in fact training professionals in general. There are a lot of practical tips to make training more effective, even for technical training e.g. system training. (For this chapter about technical training, I do find it very useful for most trainers in the bank. It will not only make training more effective, but also more fun for the trainers and participants. A very important factor since trainers can get easily bored with technical training.)

It took me quite some time to finish this book, and more importantly, to comprehend the content since it is a bit wordy and some ideas repeats in various places. Not a clear structure. Need to spend time to sort out my learnings from this book. In addition, whilst this is about tools to be used in the class, I know that I got to practice them in order to really ‘memorize’ them. Once again….’What I see, I forget. What I hear, I remember. But what I do, I understand.’

In particular, I want to highlight the 22 Deadly Sins mentioned in Chapter 16. Things that could be committed by trainers.

  1. Appearing Unprepared
  2. Starting Late
  3. Handling Questions Improperly
  4. Apologizing for Yourself or the Organisation
  5. Being Unfamiliar with Knowable Information
  6. Using Audio Visuals Unprofessionally
  7. Seeming to be Off Schedule
  8. Not Involving the Participants
  9. Not Establishing Personal Rapport
  10. Ending Late
  11. Appearing Disorganised
  12. Not Quickly Established a Positive Image
  13. Not Covering the Objectives Promised
  14. Not Scheduling Enough Breaks
  15. Practicing Bad Habits
  16. Not Checking the Environment
  17. Not Updating the Material
  18. Not Admitting Mistakes
  19. Using Inappropriate Humor
  20. Using Inappropriate Language
  21. Coming on As an Expert, a Know-it-all
  22. Using Poor Grammar, Pronunciation and Enunciation

Bob is very right!! And a great way to summarize the book!!

Are we committing any of the above?

One comment on “Creative Training Techniques Handbook by Bob Pike

  1. Reply Selina Sep 19,2009 11:54 am

    Thanks David, it’s so true for us to remind ourselves. I’ll hv a look at the book and ask the expert (you) for more sharing! Take care!

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