Guila Muir

Developing trainers, presenters and facilitators to make a difference

When YOU are the Bored Trainer (or Presenter!)

We’ve all had bored trainers and presenters. They lack passion, energy and spark.

But what happens when YOU deliver the same material over and over and over again? How do you keep it fresh?

5 Tips That Refresh

1. Remember the “Turf” That Comes With Being a Professional

Whether you are an athlete, an actor, a tour guide, or a trainer, the ability to perform at the same expert level time after time comes with the territory of being a professional. Professionals “give it their all” each time they perform.

2. Re-Arrange the Order of Things

Re-arranging content may feel risky when things are working just fine as they are.  However, you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it feels to present a content block either earlier or later than usual.

3. Initiate and Enjoy Interaction

Each group’s energy is different. Have fun with that! Meet and “hob-nob” with individuals during the breaks. Listen for any unique words or concerns. Be sure to ask plenty of questions.

4. Increase Your Self Awareness in New Areas

Knowing your content as intimately as you do is a luxury. It enables you to tune into how you are presenting it. Are you using online tools? Are you making eye contact? How is your lighting and voice projection?

5. Feel Fortunate!

How many of us get to do jobs that involve such a high level of physical, emotional, and mental exercise all at once? From a purely selfish standpoint, what a great way to keep your brain young! Additionally, you are transmitting information that helps your participants. You are “doing good” in the world. How many people can really say that?

I hope these five tips help you keep your presentations fresh—not only for your participants, but for YOU, too.


2 Responses to “When YOU are the Bored Trainer (or Presenter!)”

  1. Karen Lane says:

    Guila — Thanks for the tips. Very timely. I have to work to slow myself down on those often-repeated courses. It feels like I’m “beating a dead horse,” as I explain something for the nth time (but maybe first for the students?). Good suggestions for keeping it fresh!

  2. Guila says:

    Thank you, Karen! I’m sometimes in the same boat and really did wonder how tour guides did it! Happy Training to you.

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