A Handful of Tips 75 –
The five best tips before you begin a training programme in a foreign land
The way you train in your country may not be the best way to run a training programme in another country so do your homework and make your training flexible.
1. Research the people and the country you will be working in
Talk to people who have lived and worked in the country. Find out about the beliefs, foods, climate, habits and politics of the area.
2. Prepare a comprehensive training kit and a detailed file with copies of all vital personal information such as passport details, visas and health insurance policies etc.
Keep details of all your expenses and all your receipts in large envelopes. You will need these for your financial manager.
3. Arrive early to acclimatise and to find out the true needs of your trainees
Carry out a needs analysis before you decide on your final programme.
Make sure you have the approval and full support of the top management team where you will be working.
4. Before you start training, set up the working environment you favour
Arrange the room to encourage maximum participation.
Make sure you have access to backup equipment in case of failures.
Backup your visual aids in at least two different forms such as computer slides and transparencies.
5. At the start, get participants to agree on the training objectives and rules for the conduct of the training
Make a verbal contract with them about training hours, use of cell phones, smoking areas, availability of handouts etc.
“People learn best when they are enjoying their training and feeling they are contributing.”
SOURCE: “Training Secrets. Helping adults learn” 190p., Moss Associates. Ltd, New Zealand and Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com. Learn 49 ways to train and how to assess and improve your own training skills.