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9 Deadly Sins of Trainers ~ 2013-1123


  1. Covering Too Much Information
  1. Limit the quantity of information by covering only 3 key points per hour
  2. Concentrate on the quality of your information and include reinforcement exercises
  3. Mind map/Review the key points of your training
  • Leaving Out Emotion
  1. Don’t be impersonal, it’s boring
  2. Include your passions, frustrations, hopes, dreams, setbacks,
  3. Share your experiences first; don’t be too technical
  • Treating Every Audience the Same
  1. Get to know your learners
  2. Allot a few minutes each day to something other than content
  3. Meet and chat with participants before and after the presentation
  • Inadequate Preparation
  1. Have the rooms ready on time; be ready 20 minutes before the training begins
  2. Keep the room between 69-71 degrees
  3. Be current
  4. Know your presentation so your notes are checkpoints, not scripts
  5. Know where everything is from airplane tickets to paperclips
  • Stealing Time
  1. Don’t glance at your watch often; leave your watch at home, in your pocket, or in your purse
  2. Remember to stop after key points to allow time for the learners to process
  3. Finish on time
  4. Practice pacing during your rehearsal
  • Distracting Habits
  1. Be careful of the repeated word, a habitual gesture or speech pattern
  2. Watch yourself on video tape
  3. Practice in front of the mirror
  4. Cultivate honest reviews of your performance
  5. Be open to constructive criticism
  • Lacking Enthusiasm
  1. Welcome participants to the training
  2. Avoid the monotone; make your voice come alive
  3. Error on the side of sincerity
  • Flouting Protocol
  1. Keep it positive and respectful – no put downs
  2. Say something good or nothing at all
  3. Use positive language; no vulgarity, profanity, racist or sexist remarks
  • Not Keeping Your Agreements
  1. Keep a good, learning-friendly schedule
  2. Break for lunch on time
  3. End the day on time, or even a few minutes early
  4. Treat your learners’ time as if it were your own

CITE: Kagan, L. (2007). Dynamic Trainer! San Clemente. CA. Kagan Publishing Company


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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