Constantly engaging the participants in training is very important for a successful delivery of training session. There are many ways to get participant’s attention but interaction proves the best results. Eye contact of the trainer with the participants and being equally attentive to all the participants throughout the training is the key. Participants must be very well aware of why they are a part of this training; their need analysis should be crystal clear that brings their attention in a better way.
Training module should be decided in a way that the interaction part is designed for a minimum
15 – 20% part of training, interaction helps in a great way to engage participants. There are two ways to design an interaction module both have their own positives and negatives. One is to prepare the module in a ways that interaction is assigned at the later part of the training session. Other is to keep the session interactive from the start including the interaction in the body part of the session.
Conducting training in the latter part reduces the risk of creating disturbance amongst the participants which makes them loose concentration and gives a systematic format whereas making session Interactive from the start keeps the audience engaged but requires a lot of experience ,practice and control for excellent execution otherwise there is always a risk of chaos.
Grouping participants in different groups accordingly using icebreakers, mind games and other interactive sources is the best way to keep the participants engaged. This adds to learning with fun and creates a competitive atmosphere within the participants urging them to actively support and participate in the training.
Engaging the audience entirely depends upon the enthusiasm of the trainer, no doubt designing the training module interactively is important but execution is the key. A trainer has to deliver all round performance engaging with each and every participant with his body language.