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Trainers Body Language – Does it Impact a Training Session?

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Trainers Body Language - Does it Impact a Training Session?

A trainer has to transmit information through various training sessions, which can, at times, be lengthy. It will be very difficult for him to keep his trainees attentive throughout the session if he does not possess the skill to present the content in an engaging manner. Therefore, a trainer needs to know how to combine your spoken word with appropriate gestures, voice modulation and eye contact so that your trainees remain attentive and engaged.

Here are a few tips that can improve your non-verbal communication:

Look Natural: Be yourself in the classroom. Ensure that your demeanor is natural. If you have the habit of gesturing with your hands while giving a lecture, do so. Do not look frozen or doubtful or this will distract the audience.

You need to deliver the message with clarity and conviction. Even though you are not cent percent convinced by the ideas you’re going to present, look convinced.

Maintain Eye Contact: Never look up at the ceiling or down at the floor or at the wall behind you. Instead, look at your audience. For ease, arrange seating in a semi-circular position so that you can maintain effective eye contact with all of them.

Do not Look Monotonous: Speaking too softly or too loudly in the same pitch cannot attract your audience. Modulate your voice as per the situation.

Avoid Babbling: Speak slowly and deliberately in a loud and clear voice. This will show that you have a good command of the language and are passionate about the concept you are speaking about. When your audience sees that you are confident and in control, they will pay attention to you. Your voice is the number one indicator of that.

Thus, as a trainer it is your responsibility to make the training program effective. In this regard, apart from the activities and tools you use to present training material, your body language, voice control and eye contact can also make your training sessions more effective and fruitful. Hence, pay attention to them!

Do share your thoughts on the same.

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  • Jacqueline M. Walters

    Trainers body language leaves positive or negative impact on their classes/audiences.
    I appreciate socially bold trainers, with charismatic/magnetic personalities, to capture and hold the attention of their classes/audiences. Effective communicators, confident, secure and know how to use their powers of persuasion, to stimulate learning with their excellent presentation skills.

  • Indeed body langauage alogwith the delivery, use of appropriate pitch, volume, and modulation of voice go a long way in enhancing the effect of communication; we all do know these basics. The problem is that after a while we tend to get so set in our ways that we start believing in our own ways to be the only correct way!! It needs conscious and structured efforts to undersatnd own body langauage and its effects, and then work towards deevloping the right gestures and tone.

    Alongside, a good trainer has to be aware of unnecessary, jarring, born out-of-habit distracting body movements, gestures, repetitive words that he / she may be using.

    Thankfully, you can not see my body langaguge!!

    Happy New Year,

    Brigadier Maindiratta

  • Neat Appearance;
    This goes hand in hand with the body language. Would you tend to believe what you are told by a so called expert if they were dressed as a slob?

    Part of communicating is knowing the audience in advance. One may have to communicate both aural and visually with gestures to make the point.

    The body language of the audience is equally as important, it lets the presenter know that he has to adjust the content and tell it again in a manner that everyone gets the message without boring those who already have.

  • Mukesh

    Exactly. In fact that is the difference between virtual and real session. In real session trainer and trainee should feel each other and their wavelength should match to make the lecture a success. If trainer don’t possess above mentioned qualities, he should drop the idea of being trainer.