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Train the trainer top tips



Wondereing if anyone has some top tips in relation to TTT please?

What are the most important things to consider?

Learning types?



The session is on mobile devices and the audience of mainly technophobes!


6 Responses

  1. Train the trainer tips

    Hi there

    Depends on the focus of the Train the Trainer session and also how long it is – is it a refresher workshop, a new course (with novice trainers) or something that is training them to deliver a specific set of objectives? I think the most important things are to engage them in the material and facilitate the session as you would with any group of delegates or trainees. Strong preparation, knowing your audience, high quality and engaging material that appeals to a range of learner types, fun activities mixed in, facilitation on your part rather than lecturing or training.

    More on

  2. One tip (whether it’s a Top Tip is for you to decide!!!)


    If I’ve understood your posting correctly, you will be training people to train users on how to use a mobile device??

    When I developed a TTT course for staff who would be training others how to undertake desk-based procedures I used a light-hearted activity to illustrate the importance of thorough planning of the session – by making a pot of tea.

    I asked the group, with no prep time, to call out the steps and stages of brewing a pot of tea (proper tea leaves – not bags -, proper tea pot etc). As they called out the various actions I wrote them on the flipchart, keeping the lines fairly close together, which made it really difficult (and messy) to go back and add a step that had been missed (there were lots). It ended up a real dog’s breakfast with good-natured arguments about whether you put the milk or tea in the cup first and so on. It really highlighted the need to be really clear in your own mind about what you are demonstrating/training and to prepare the clear steps and stages for the user to follow in a logical order.

    Happy to add more detail if you think it will help?


  3. TTT

    Hi Stephie

    In your case I would forget a "conventional" TTT and have a more bespoke course.

    • I would start with a 3 minute micro teach to see what they are doing "now"
    • Make a list of all the "room for improvement" practice you see
    • Another micro teach with specific goals based on MT 1
    • Another list of "room for improvements"
    • Final micro teach with specific goals based on MT 1 and 2

    Thats how I would do it anyway…

    Good luck



  4. tips

    Drop me a line at [email protected]

    I have a free resource headed 20 top habits of any effective trainer.It embraces what you say and more




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  5. Top tips for TTT

    I agree with you Jenny.  This is a perfect way of finding out how a trainer "trains" (for want of a better word).  I have used this technique in the past – and the same subject!  I think the most important thing is to see how the trainer assesses the learner on their tea-making skills. 

    I remember once, when one of the trainers was training me on this, he forgot to ask me how much water I should be putting in the cup – needless to say, my cup literally overflowed!  He learnt a very important lesson about facilitating then!



  6. Training~instructional skills

    Agree with the various comments.

    I have often used as a train the trainer exerise the task of someone lighting a match.  You often have matches on the floor as the trainer forgets to orientate the box correctly, tryng to strike the match from the wrong end and/or in the wrong place. Also picks up issues around left v right handed.  Can be done in pairs.

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