5 Things to Do to Be an Effective Trainer

As a trainer, what sets you apart from others in your field? How can you maximize the learning experience for those you train? These are some common questions I have been asked by corporate trainers and those who aspire to be trainers.

To be a good trainer, you need to do more than just share information. You also need to be able to get people interested, check if they understand, and adjust how you teach if necessary. Your presentation skills and communication skills as a trainer need to be at the top. It’s important to think about who you’re training and what they need to know.

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend several trainings each conducted by a different trainer. I was able to notice the differences between them and identified five key things that an instructor can do to become truly impactful.

1. Know Your Subject Inside and Out

Being extremely familiar with the material yourself will put you in an effective position to train others. Make it a priority to thoroughly research and understand the core concepts, best practices, common misconceptions, and potential difficulties related to your topic.

Anticipating questions and being able to explain topics from different angles will help learners at varying levels of understanding. Consider pursuing additional trainer certifications or qualifications related to your field of expertise to constantly strengthen your knowledge base.

2. Customize Your Training Approach

As a trainer, it is important to understand that not every learner has the same needs, preferences, or baseline knowledge. Pay attention to your audience and be willing to tweak your lessons to best serve individuals and groups.

Use different examples, demonstrations, activities, or media to engage diverse types of learners. Adjust your pace and level of detail based on participants’ comprehension and non-verbal feedback.

One training style for all your trainees will not be as productive. Get to know your learners and their specific goals or challenges.

3. Use Multiple Teaching Methods

When it comes to imparting knowledge, lecturing to trainees is not usually the most effective or engaging approach. To enhance their learning experience, it’s essential to incorporate a variety of training techniques such as discussions, visual aids, hands-on practice, reflection exercises, role plays, and interactive problem-solving.

Engaging them actively through different styles, either individually or collaboratively, can significantly increase their information retention. You could also choose to leverage technology tools to modernize your teaching methods.

The ultimate goal is to make the session entertaining and memorable for the participants, so they can retain the knowledge long after it ends.

4. Assess Comprehension and Provide Feedback

In the training profession assumption should be highly avoided. Learners are different, others understand fairly fast, and others need time to get the information understood. Check for comprehension along the way using either polls, quiz questions, observing practice attempts, and asking learners to summarize or apply the concepts in their own words.

Be open and constructive when providing feedback – point out both strengths and areas needing improvement. Follow up after training to ensure knowledge was applied properly on the job. That feedback loop is crucial for maximizing learning outcomes.

5. Continually Develop Your Skills

Effective training requires lifelong learning. Be flexible in adapting new skills and knowledge. Commit to observing other trainers, and taking other certifications that may be a plus in equipping you with techniques on the newest developments in your industry.

Ask for honest reviews on your strengths and weaknesses from both peers and learners. Attend relevant seminars and conferences to network with like-minded professionals. Consider formally becoming a Certified Training Professional to validate your expertise. The skills of the best trainers are constantly evolving just as the needs of learners.


Becoming a truly effective and influential trainer requires prioritizing the needs of learners, continuously improving oneself, and adapting to changing circumstances. By taking the Training of Trainers Short Course, professionals can enhance their skills in instructional design and learn new research-based techniques to improve knowledge retention and practical application within the workplace. If you want to improve your abilities as an educator, don’t hesitate to register for this TOT Class. Mastering these competencies will have a direct and positive impact on your teaching capabilities.