What Makes a Trainer Tick?
I’ve been facilitating train-the-trainer workshops and doing mid-career development for people in the learning profession now for about 20 years.
I have my own programs as well as working with the Association for Talent Development where I am one of the facilitators of ATD’s Master Trainer Program.
It’s always rewarding because I learn a lot about what makes trainers tick. Their motivations, struggles and war stories.
A lot of people who are in the early stages of their trainer careers tell me they’re motivated to be good trainers because they’re good actors. And they tell me it’s important to have a healthy ego.
These folks really value the importance of being good presenters. And when you start out this is really important. However, being a good presenter is only part of what a master trainer is.
There’s an Ancient Chinese Proverb about a Wise Teacher
The “mature trainer”, “master trainer” or “transformative learning facilitator” actually lets go of her or his ego.
I learned this from my mentor twenty years ago when he shared an ancient Chinese proverb.
The proverb is food for thought and something I share in my advanced trainer classes. So I thought I’d share it in this short video post.