The fourth and last category to consider when co-training is how to stay on task and on time.
- Review the lesson plan, so that you know how much time is allotted to each section and all of the relevant content materials to be used;
- Respect the importance of the need for breaks;
- Follow the agenda and the lesson plan;
- Synchronize your watches;
- Watch the time and pace yourself; and
- Agree on a signal to discreetly let each other know when it’s time to bring a presentation to a close.
- Underestimate the amount of time group participation involves;
- Ignore scheduled starting and ending times;
- Go past your allotted time;
- Assume that taking “a few more minutes” to finish your section is acceptable, if you are running into the other trainer’s time slot;
- Rudely interrupt the other trainer;
- Shuffle your papers or wander to the front of the class in an effort to give the other person a “hint;” or
- Use disapproving body language or noises to get the presenter’s attention.
The four categories we have discussed over the past few weeks are just a few of the more typical areas of conflict for co-trainers.
Next week we will begin to look at different experiential training methods in depth.