Mixing with Co-Trainers

Mixing with Co-Trainers

Years ago I developed training programs for Intel.  It was my first opportunity to work with a Mentor who also had an educational focus in professional training, and my beginning with mixing and working with co-traininers.  Jeanie Wentworth and I met and discussed how to bring training to a higher level and one way we wanted to present material was with engineers, managers, technicians and leaders working together to give both sides of the process and experience.

Since our programs were being developed for “co-trainers” to present, she encouraged me to find some books that talked about how people worked together when they trained together, so we could add tips. Her suggestion led me on a search that elicited not a single resource back in 2001. There were books about training, games in training, and many various topics, but nothing covered tips and tricks to help people to present together. Jeanie suggested that I put together a publication on what I had learned in my own experience and give our trainers the benefit of my tips and then she added her years of experience.  It really made a difference. Unless you work at Intel you can’t access that document, but I can certainly share a small crop of ideas to grow your experience.

Cat Wilson’s Co-Trainer Tips

  1. Meet ahead of time and agree on the objectives of the course.
  2. Be clear in who presents each learning process and what will be covered.
  3. Time your training, and use a timing device that both people agree to stick to. When it goes off, the sound is sufficient. Setting it for a 5-minute question period is good for class.
  4. Make time for stories. Present a situation where the training was useful and turn to your co-trainer and ask for their story.  Be sure that you are both in agreement and prepared to share stories, and then watch the time. People who are passionate and learned something bring authenticity to the room and everyone loves a story! It makes learning memorable.
  5. Have a Plan, but be Flexible.  You may need to cover a certain among of material over time, but be flexible in case something happens and you need to shorten or lengthen your day.
  6. Creativity and Fun are important avenues to your participants. Be playful with your Co-Instructor and friendly together in the classroom, and jump in when asked to bring something useful or interesting. Smile and look at the other presenter when you are being filmed; watch the news and you’ll see how newscasters do it.
  7. Leave relationship stuff outside. If you and your co-trainer are in a relationship together, as many authors and trainers are, save your affection for after class. Smiles, a touch on the arm is okay, but keep the rest out of view of your students for the sake of professionalism. In the same reference, if you are in disagreement with your “other” leave it outside and “put on a professional” frame. There’s no room for relationship issues in a training where people are coming for a positive experience. (Take 10 deep breaths.)
  8. Do what you do best. If you have a sense of humor, use it tactfully. If you are creative, add that to the training to spice it up. My partner has an amazing use of humor. I clip funny stuff and write my experiences down with useful lessons that can make people laugh.
  9. Park questions. Material beyond the course will come up in questions. If someone asks a complicated question and it’s going to take time away from the audience, “park” the question and offer to talk with the person later. Parking a question means writing it down on a small section of the chart or on your e-tablet or i-pad and then covering it before the end of the day with a response of some kind.
  10. Answer what you know, but if you don’t know, be honest. Tell the participant who asks a question that you will check your sources and get back to them or give them a place where they can research on their own. Be fair to yourself. If you know you won’t have time, try to give them resources and let them continue on topic.

Your best workshops and training classes will be the ones where people felt you were available and happy to be there. They will remember how instructors made them feel, so do include warm up exercises to create a safe space to learn and share in your room. Check your ego at the door and feel balanced with your co-instructor, even if one of you has a bigger title or more letters after your name.  The learning environment is best when you are totally present and not hung up over unnecessary games or worries in who is what.  Just do the best and work with your Co-Trainer with the intention to make it the BEST experience for your group.

Want more tips?

Contact me and we’ll “co” a mindmap!  Email Cat Wilson at: synergyone@earthlink.net  or call me at 503-816-5104 .

Mind Over Money and Time to Prosper

Mind Over Money

Lightbulb of Thought in Our Mind

What happens in the emotions when it comes to money? Behavioral economists believe when it comes to money the human mind responds irrationally. They are using other information which is crazy to use. Yet, how often do you find yourself acting irrationally when it comes to money?  Why do we do when we know better ideas that would give us a prosperous mind? NOVA (Aired April 26, 2010 on PBS) did an interesting program with interviews from University of Chicago called Mind Over Money.  In one experiment people were asked if they had a choice of receiving $100 in a year or $102 in a year and a day … which would they choose. It’s surprising to see how responses at a Chicago shopping mall turned out!  (Watch the video for the answer.)  (Spoiler… read end of article.)

Lions, Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

Your mindset is created within a set of beliefs. Where do the beliefs come from?  Parents, teachers, experiences and decisions, and a series of experiences in particular context…  are just some places where beliefs are born.  So, how do you undo the damage and set yourself up for more prosperous thinking for mind, body and spirit?  You need to step out of your model and re-define how you are becoming you and make positive changes so you can create and get the experience you truly want.

There’s a competitive nature that makes people get emotional and may push us to make irrational decisions. The “default” of how you set your decisions, even based on your parent’s or other people’s model for healthy living may be on the wrong settings for your happiness. Question: How do we re-set the default?

In Portland, Oregon, Rich Aanrich of Apositiva Institute is offering a workshop February 27, 27, and March 1st, 2015 called “Time to Prosper” where people can explore, re-define, and set new response to live with a mind that can prosper. This workshop includes two free follow-up coaching calls to support students. Follow-up after a workshop is a support mechanism rarely offered by training organizations, and highly beneficial to participants. Coaches are excellent choices, because clients can work on goals knowing they will be held accountable and that there is someone walking “shoulder-to-shoulder” with them to accomplish what they set out to do.

Here are some tips for a stronger mind:

  1. Make the decision that you can be better.
  2. Review habits and notice which ones are serving you.
  3. Notice your emotions in situations.
  4. Create a new vision of you and re-define new beliefs to support that vision.

Adjusting how you use your mind by thinking on a higher level.

Spoiler for Video

Ok, so you haven’t looked at the NOVA / PBS video. Here’s what happened in a Chicago shopping mall.  People were asked if they’d prefer $100 in a year or $102 in a year and a day. Most people said $102 in a year and a day.  When asked if they would want $100 today or $102 in two days, they said they would take the $100 today. Hmmm…  Why would they make this choice when they could get more money and before said they would wait another day after a year? Now, you need to watch the video to learn the answer and get the rest. You can also click on the link to read the manuscript of the show.

Outcome

Are you experiencing what you plan or getting an unexpected outcome? Realize that your unconscious mind is working to bring you the results based on the ingredients of your experiences and responses and what you actively believe and say out loud (i.e. I’m broke, it’s killing me, I’ll never make it). Creating a mind/body that prospers is about more than money; it is a joyful and happy and healthy mindset. Be the highest and best possible you!

Inspiration

Happiness is What Happy Does

Inspiration

It’s almost midnight and my “muse” will be here any minute! Let’s get everything ready. Once she shows up time goes really, really fast!

Pens (lots of colors), BIG paper, computer. Tape for sticking paper on walls. Spicy cinnamon, bubbling boiling water with aroma of vanilla wafting into room, gentle guitar music by Allen Matthews, perpetual piano melodies by Rene Michelle. Ahhh. (smile) My inner essence of being is lighting up. Just a bit of Chocolate (with sea salt and spicy, crunchy stuff, too) and ice cream. Light… need light. Open blinds so light comes in… better yet! Plug in the colored cheery holiday lights (love to keep them up over dreary winter). Mmmmmm. Bring sun inside. Move beyond Portland, Oregon clouds. Feeling HAPPY!

Chimes are blowing outside… this means that she’s close. Let’s see, what else? Hot tea with honey. (chime) Breathe deeply (smelling cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate). Listen … lovely melodies floating through room with layers of careful keys in gentle perpetual pieces. My hand reaches for a pen… it begins to move… a dance begins… meaning mixes melody with wonderful wild whimsy. Happiness is what happy does.

Choosing pen carefully, “muse” merrily meanders across surface, singing softly and gently to meaningful music. Hours pass. Graphic giggles. Emerging from pen comes a snout, eyebrows and a bit of rough scraggly hair, seaweed extending. Hand is tired. Creativity done for now. Miraculous muse musters. Gone. On the wall is a happy reminder of the  muse of a graphic facilitator who leaves a reminder. Be happy.

Mindmaps on display at Apositiva Institute in Portland, Oregon. For info on mindmapping classes coming up click Mindmap with Cat.