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As trainers, we all have that one course we teach repeatedly. You know the one I’m talking about. The course that brings about the little voice in your head that says, “If I have to teach this one more time!” We’ve all been there. I know I have! So, how do we ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable for us, the trainers?
These are some best practices I’ve found useful when I teach the same workshop often:
Mentally prepare for your course by reminding yourself that while this may be your 100th time teaching it, it’s the first time the learners are attending. This will help remind you of your “purpose” and to stay fresh and excited for your learners.
Icebreakers and Energizers
Rotate your icebreakers and energizers so that you are not using the same ones each time you conduct the workshop. The variety will help eliminate some of the additional repetitiveness.
Stories, Metaphors, and Examples
Look for new stories, metaphors, and examples to use in your course. This will help keep it fun and interesting for you and your participants. Remember to rehearse before trying something new!
Presentation and Application Methods
These are just a few best practices I use to ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable. What techniques have you found useful in this situation?
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