Published Nov 01, 2021 • Neche Ibekendu

5 tips for better virtual trainings

Facilitating virtual trainings can be discouraging if you're not getting the desired results. Here's how to fix that.

Hosting virtual training programs can be discouraging if you are not getting the desired outcomes.

Programs like this are organized to be flexible, have a common ground for your participants to interact and participate in activities.

As such, you need to follow a creative way to improve social collaboration and effective learning during your virtual training.

Here are five essential tips for facilitating virtual training programs to give you a better outcome.

Understand what your attendees need

For you to achieve the goal of facilitating virtual workshops or programs, you need to find out about your attendees’ concerns and understand their needs.

Before you commence a virtual training session, you can ask your participants to fill a survey form on what they need to achieve by attending your virtual training. This will help you to strategize how best to teach them and what techniques to use.

You can also do this at the end of each virtual training session — ask them questions about their concerns and if every expectation they had before the training was attended to accordingly.

Encourage interaction during sessions

To get your attendees talking and interacting in your virtual training, you can make plans for each class and think about the best way to make your attendees interact. It is advisable to engage them with questions or polls during training to avoid losing interest.

Another interesting way is to encourage participation during group discussions to make them work together and express their opinions and ideas. Interactions help your attendees feel comfortable and eager to learn.

At the end of each session, you can plan creative and collaborative activities. This will improve their interest in learning, and boost social collaboration.

Here’s an example — create and assign a task that each participant must carry out.

Avoid long training sessions

Do not schedule long sessions, it will bore your attendees.

If during the session you notice that your participants are losing interest, you can try to round up the class if it’s been going on for some time or call for a break.

Breaks are important. You should ensure to schedule breaks during each session. This lets them energize, stretch and refresh their mind to avoid an overload of information.

You can try this, for example — for every 45 mins during the training session you can call for a break that is 15 mins long, this is not too long or too short.

Present an impactful class

Communication is fundamental, both verbal and non-verbal. People easily comprehend messages that are expressed with the correct means of communication.

The most important thing is to deliver information to your participants that have an impact on them. You can achieve this with the way you communicate and the kind of content you give out.

Creating great content for your attendees should be a priority. It makes them come back for more training sessions that you organize.

Your content could be videos, PDFS, or a PowerPoint presentation, whichever you find favorable. If there’s a need for additional research, you can give your attendees external resource links that they can use to acquire more knowledge on the topic.

Create an avenue for questions

Hosting a virtual training session can’t be complete without your attendees having questions to ask. They want to know more, or they may have troubling questions about a part of a class.

Cline has made this easy by having a threads feature, where you can create a question thread and ask your participants to state any question that bothers them there. Educate them about the use of this feature and the reason it was created for them.

Putting these tips into practice can help ensure that the virtual training you host provides participants with great value. It will enable you to achieve your training goals, have great outcomes which lead to good reviews, and ultimately grow an engaged community around your work.