The third category to consider when co-training is to decide how differences of opinion between the trainers will be handled.
Treat each other with professional respect. Possible options include any combination of the following:
- Write down disagreements for later mutual discussion;
- Wait until the end of the day, when you debrief the entire session together;
- Defer to the other trainer;
- Let the issue drop, if it’s not very important;
- Bring the matter to the other members if there is a core training group, for resolution and consistency in future presentations;
- Agree to disagree; and/or
- If the issue is significant, discuss it with the other trainer during a break to see if s/he agrees that one of you should make a clarifying statement after the break.
- Do anything to undermine the other trainer’s presentation or credibility;
- Argue during the presentation;
- Argue during the break;
- Bring it up during the break, if participants want to discuss other issues with either trainer;
- Question the other trainer’s expertise or credibility;
- Correct the other trainer in front of the group;
- Indicate your disagreement nonverbally; or
- Mention your disagreement to the participants.
Next week we will explore the do’s and don’ts relating to staying on time and on task when co-training.