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Jill Watson

Millstream Associates Ltd

European Account Manager

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Trainer Notes/Session Plans etc


I've seen a couple of examples of Trainer Notes (for me meaning outline structure of the whole day with sections, timings and key points to communicate to trainees, handouts to refer to etc) and at the moment we've settled on something which covers a good level of detail but is still meant to be practical for trainers to use "on the day".

We work with different external trainers and presenters and one has suggested including small graphics of the slides next to the notes to save working with both the slides and notes documents and flicking between the two.  Including the graphic on the notes doesn't seem a terrible idea but could be a terrible admin job! 

I wonder if anyone has any suggestions for solutions to this? 

(As an aside I take it everyone agrees that keeping detailed notes in PowerPoint is a bit useless?)

Thanks! Jill

3 Responses

  1. Promp Cards

    Hi Jill

    I produce a full set of trainer notes with any slides or handouts used embedded at the appropriate point in the document. These are useful for new trainers to a particular course to make them more familliar with how it works…only offered as a guide because as long as the objectives are met it doesn’t really matter how the trainers get there.

    However, as you say, this is not ideal for use during the actual training. I find prompt cards with the course image on the front to be the most useful and professional looking. I can send you a pdf of one if you send me your e mail address.







  2. detail in trainer notes

    Hi Jill

    If you want to produce one single document for a trainer then actually putting copies of the slides into a word document is actually very straightforward….so long as you don’t want to put all the detail of any animation; at which point it gets more complex.

    I often produce an A1 mindmap of the programme and put it on the wall behind the delegates where I can see it but they can’t (without turning round) this helps me immensely.

    I sometimes find that detailed trainer notes (written by someone else) are too detailed and become unwieldy but I do think that having one document to use to deliver is far better than one of slides, one of delivery notes, one of handouts etc



  3. Trainer Notes

    Both the other suggestions are very good – have you considered just using powerpoint to format all the training notes? (Using the ‘Notes’ function?).  I have found that this can be useful for both trainer notes and for creating handouts (obviously you need two sets of the presentation!), as both the trainer & the student gets to see a small graphic of the slide, with more detailed notes (insert a blank slide or two if you need more space for the notes to print out).

    Generally I produce a detailed set of notes, so people new to the session can deliver it, backed up with a mind map (or route map) type of thing, so more experienced trainers can ‘do their own thing’.  The key thing of course is to ensure the learning objectives are clear and that they have been met!



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