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One to One training


How is best to approach a train the trainer course where the majority of the training that will happen will be 1:1 rather than small groups?

Does anyone have any advice or tips for approaching 1:1 training? How much should it differ from training a group. There isn't a huge amount of material out there on the subject!

Andy B

Andy Barrett

5 Responses

  1. One to one train-the-trainer
    WOW this is a tough one.

    One of the challenges with training trainers IS that this is a group activity – not least because the goal is to build skills & confidence of working in front of others.

    I was approached some time ago to run such a programme for a senior trainer in a big multinational.

    What I come up with was:
    1) conducted a skills audit – with info from the individual & line manager

    2) took the individual through some simple exercises to build competence in the areas they needed.

    3) saw them run a series of short sessions and we did a full debrief (as though it were a group exercise)

    4) did skills input based upon the feedback

    5) repeat of 3

    What I would do if in the same situation again is to run a presentations skills course in the middle of the coaching & use that as skills development for the individual concerned. As generally in a company others will require developing their presentation skills and not require a ‘full’ train the trainer.


  2. Happy to Help
    Hi Andy

    I have run quite a few courses to train trainers in one to one training. If you would like to contact me via email or phone, my details can be found in the directory.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Fundamentals
    Hi Andy
    This is an interesting one since there are certain subjects, or parts of subjects that don’t lend themselves to the medium.

    The fundamentals must surely apply though?

    What are the learning objectives?
    To what level?
    How will we get the message across? and engage the learner?
    How will we know we have achieved them?
    What business benefits or improvements in performance do we expect, and how/when will we measure them?

    These sorts of thing will be common to group or 1:1 training, a more traditional TTT then concentrates on the group presentation and dynamics bit because they are often the more scary aspects of being a trainer.

    In this instance you will want to structure any practicals to 1:1 scenarios which will provide an interesting logistical challenge…like some of the other respondents I’ve been there!

  4. 1:1 Training/Coaching
    Hi Andy,
    I run regular 1:1 Coaching sessions as well as Training workshops for individuals, please contact me via email/phone to discuss further.

    Buffy Sparks

  5. 1-1 training
    Hi Andy

    I have recently run a train the trainer course specifically aimed at 1-1 training. Drop me an email if you would like details



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