Developing awareness and training sessions day

Hello everybody!

After a pretty invigorating morning and a sleepy-walking-working siesta, we started enjoying an ever revealing afternoon of further Awareness as to our role as trainers and our capabilities, knowledge, needs and responsibilities.

Why are we Trainers or Why do we want to be Trainers?

  1. Is it the money?
  2. Is it Ego – wanting to be in the front, being in control or showing off knowledge?
  3. Is it for a purpose? That makes it worth it!

Being a Trainer certainly means giving up a lot of you for the others. Are we all ready for that? What makes it a Yes and what turns it into a No? What makes it a ping-pong between Yes and No. I don’t know… maybe… be on time; respect all people; facilitate awareness; you are there to serve people and people’s needs; observe and listen to everybody, respond to everybody; you need to be prepared well before the training – around 9 hours of preparation for each hour of session; be passionate for your work, your topic, you are there to answer questions; you need to know your subject very well – but don’t give it all, make it mysterious; feeling of wanting more, excitement, active engagement, active participation of all – active training!

Explore, dream, discover, possibilities, other ways of understanding and doing, other perspectives, never stop to surprise yourselves, innovation, creative methodology, develop/adjust/change ways of doing, surprise all, getting out of your comfort zone and getting out of the box, shuffle the box of cards in different ways, create a different layer where everyone can fit in. You are there for them!

What does it mean to train people? Give them the autonomy to decide for their learning or is it something else? Learning to learn for trainers too! Plan, organize, practice, test out, assess, evaluate learning objectives and outcomes in all activities. Debriefing is an absolute must!

The 5 E of learning cycle – keep calm & engage, explore, explain, use clear instructions, structure. Analyze, feedback, fun group learning, but not always effective and maybe waste of time.

We learned that planning a training session has 7 steps – learning objectives, clarify key topics, organize material, plan presentation techniques, include evaluation, focus on time and finally test it. A session should have introduction, activities, debriefing and evaluation. We got to know that is very important to smartly set up our session’s activities and they should have a title, introduction, space, materials, methods and music.

After the afternoon coffee break, we did a trial test of developing a session in groups of 4 or 5 people. The first group made an activity about human rights, second about sexuality, third one about power hierarchy, fifth one about sexually transmitted diseases and the last six group about youth entrepreneurship.

We finished the day with presentation about how we can create a good presentation. We learned that we need to understand our audience, prepare the content, deliver it confidently and control the environment. Important to note is not to try to cover everything. Start off well with a great hook! Tell a story, make comparisons and use lots of examples! Present your ideas logically! Develop a strong close, including a summary! We also got introduced with the method of mind mapping that can help to organize your thoughts and actions.

It’s time for reflection groups in order to evaluate our learning and participation during the day. evaluation!

The second intercultural night followed with Greece, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Croatia, Portugal and finally Bulgaria! Lots of interesting and savory food, drinks music and dances.

        – Ekaterini Prokopiou, Cyprus