The Best Handful of Tips 86 – Training Internationally:
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 and fun.
Five of the best tips before you begin a training programme in a foreign land
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.
Will you need an interpreter? If you do you will halve your training time.
How well will the participants understand your language? Will you need to speak slower and remove your local jargon. Your jokes may not be understood or appreciated.
Will you need to back up your instructions and your recommendations in writing?
Will you need to produce a proceedings containing group recommendations in appropriate languages?
Prepare a comprehensive training kit
Prepare 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.
Find out the true needs of your trainees
Arrive early and acclimatise.
Carry out a needs analysis before you decide on your final programme.
Your training must be relevant to the needs of your participants. You must make a difference.
Make sure you have the full approval and support of the top management team in the country you are working in. Get them involved and keep them in the picture at all times.
Before you start training
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.
Be disciplined in what you eat and drink. Don’t eat uncooked foods and never put ice in your drinks.
At the start
Get participants to agree on the training objectives and rules for the conduct of the training before you start training.Make a verbal contract with them about training hours, the hours of prayer, use of cell phones, smoking areas, availability of handouts etc.
People learn best when they are enjoying their training and feeling they are contributing.
“The greater the involvement the more people learn.”
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.
PS. The author has run training programmes in 10 countries, some many times. For example, 31 programmes for Asian managers at the Singapore Institute of Management and many in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and in Pacific countries.