How to Become a Training Facilitator (Therapists, we're talking to you!)
As a successful training facilitator it may come as a surprise that I grew up hating speaking to crowds. In fact, I barely passed a required public speaking course in college. I used to break out in a cold sweat and basically dissociate for the entire time I was speaking to a crowd. You might be asking how I was able to translate all of this anxiety into a career as a sought-after facilitator. The answer is a lot of practice and a lot of work on my craft. And I'm still learning.
If you're looking to learn how to become a training facilitator or become better at facilitating, then this post is for you. Being a successful training facilitator requires a unique combination of skills and qualities. Whether you are delivering a training session to a group of employees or teaching a course at a university, your ability to engage your audience, communicate effectively, and create a positive learning environment will play a key role in your success. In this blog, we will explore some of the essential skills that you need in order to be a successful training facilitator.
1. Strong Communication Skills
Effective communication is essential for any training facilitator. This means being able to clearly convey information and ideas, actively listen to your participants, and adjust your communication style to suit the needs and preferences of your audience.
No two training sessions are the same, and the ability to adapt to different situations and audiences is essential for success as a training facilitator. This means being able to modify your approach as needed, based on the needs of your participants and the specific learning objectives of the training session.
3. Engaging Presentation Skills
As a training facilitator, your ability to engage your participants is critical to the success of your session. This means using a variety of presentation techniques, such as storytelling, visual aids, and interactive activities, to keep your audience interested and involved.
4. Strong Interpersonal Skills
Building strong relationships with your participants is important for creating a positive learning environment. This means being approachable, empathetic, and able to provide constructive feedback that helps participants to grow and develop.
5. Organizational Skills
Successful training facilitators are well-organized and able to manage multiple tasks and priorities at the same time. This means being able to create and manage training schedules, develop training materials, and manage logistical details, such as room setup and technology requirements.
6. Knowledge of Subject Matter
To be an effective training facilitator, you need to have a deep understanding of the subject matter that you are teaching. This means staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in your field, and being able to explain complex concepts in a way that is easy for participants to understand.
Finally, successful training facilitators need to be flexible and open to feedback. This means being willing to adjust your approach as needed, based on participant feedback, and being open to trying new techniques and approaches to improve the effectiveness of your training sessions.
So you can see how being a successful training facilitator requires a range of skills and qualities, including strong communication skills, adaptability, engaging presentation skills, strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, knowledge of subject matter, and flexibility. By developing these skills and qualities, you can create a positive learning environment that helps your participants to achieve their learning objectives and reach their full potential.
If you're struggling to connect with audiences, struggling public speaking anxiety or want to learn how to turn your skills and knowledge into a career as a facilitator, it takes time and effort. Practice and dedication to improvement of your craft are crucial.
The good news is that we can support you and you don't have to go through big changes alone. Reach out today to schedule some time to talk to us about how we can support your career goals!
Ryan Skimmons, MS
Hi I'm Ryan (he/him). I'm a former therapist, case manager, and program director. My life's purpose is helping people grow and heal, but I was burned out from my work. I was able to successfully pivot to a career as a coach and training facilitator and now I help other mental health professionals learn how they can heal and grow their careers in new, exciting ways. Here on the blog, I share insights on topics like trauma-informed care, training facilitation, client care, boundaries, burnout, and more. I also offer a limited number of one-on-one coaching spots. Looking forward to hearing from you about how I can help you connect with your passions and create a life and career full of abundance and growth!