The Trainer Academy: How to Teach Online or In-person

You may be looking for ways to turn your expertise into a training that helps nonprofit professionals. Or maybe you have already been delivering trainings and are wondering how to shift that curriculum into an online format. You might be someone who teaches people every day as a consultant or coach and are wondering what you can do to make sure people are able to take action on what you need them to know.

The Trainer Academy gives you the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to be an effective trainer – both in-person and online. Over two, 2-hour online sessions, you will learn how to design an effective workshop and how to deliver it in a way that maximizes participation. You will receive materials and assignments before and after each session to practice what you learn.

If you are a training novice, you will gain a framework to help you get started. If you are a training veteran, you will have the opportunity to refresh your approach and reflect on how to incorporate the latest in adult learning. If you are interested in presenting at conferences, this course will help you refine your plan towards a compelling session proposal.


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Session 1: Effective Workshop Design

This session is all about the design of workshops or webinars. Before we dive in, we’ll use action mapping to make sure a workshop is really needed (there are many ways to help people). A great workshop design ensures that information is balanced with opportunities to practice, even when delivered online. It has a clear narrative that guides people forward in ways that support memory and reduce overload. It hooks people at the start, makes space for reflection, and closes with time to transfer learning to where it will be used. We’ll use a workshop planner to capture what would work best for you.

After we anchor ourselves in an effective structure for a training, we’ll explore these important design topics:

  • Prioritizing content to do the hard work in the room
  • Getting your people to flow: how to level your session
  • Supporting learning through asynchronous job aids, checklists, templates, and more

Your homework will be to refine your workshop plan and get ready to make your session engaging for participants.


Session 2: Showtime – Instruction That Inspires and Motivates

At this point, you have a well-designed plan for your workshop. It’s show time! We'll explore how to deliver an effective training in any environment, with a particular focus on virtual training. We will talk about:

  • Connecting with participants in an authentic way
  • Keeping your audience’s attention
  • Increasing interaction between audience members
  • Assessing what people are learning through regular feedback and evaluation

You will complete this session with your workshop plan fully fleshed out with activities and engagement strategies.

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, August 19, 2021, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 10:00am to 12:00pm
$80 for Members and Sustainers, $100 for Non-Members
Nancy Bacon - Teacher, Instructional Designer, and Nonprofit Leader
Online Course
Anywhere, NC 00000
United States
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