Coaching Skills for Trainers

Training provides a 22% improvement while training combined with coaching provides an 88% improvement according to the study released by Personnel Management.  Should trainers be coaches?

When training, the good trainers are aware of the different personalities and learning styles of their participants.  The trainers ensure that each of the learning styles is accommodated with how the information is presented.  Trainers also recognize and accommodate different personal preferences for engaging in the activities.  How a trainer explains makes a big difference in participant understanding.  Trainers ask questions to engage their audience.  These skills are all in common with those of a coach.  Learning coaching skills improves training skills.

After a training program, follow-up coaching increases the benefits exponentially.  Trainers that offer the follow-up coaching are providing a valuable service and enhancing their work.  Coaching is a natural extension of training and will ensure trainers remainbusiness trainer relevant for long-term skill development.

The American Society for Training and Development provides information on coaching because it is a natural extension of training and fast becoming an essential skill set for training professionals. After attending coaching certification, trainers are better prepared to support their constituency by providing coaching.

After a training program, the trainer can offer both individual and group coaching.  Through the coaching process, participants in the training program choose how they want to implement and apply new concepts and techniques in their work routine.

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