Tip #38: Stay on task and on time when co-training

The fourth and last category to consider when co-training is how to stay on task and on time.

Do:

  1. 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;
  2. Respect the importance of the need for breaks;
  3. Follow the agenda and the lesson plan;
  4. Synchronize your watches;
  5. Watch the time and pace yourself; and
  6. Agree on a signal to discreetly let each other know when it’s time to bring a presentation to a close.

Don’t:

  1. Underestimate the amount of time group participation involves;
  2. Ignore scheduled starting and ending times;
  3. Go past your allotted time;
  4. Assume that taking “a few more minutes” to finish your section is acceptable, if you are running into the other trainer’s time slot;
  5. Rudely interrupt the other trainer;
  6. Shuffle your papers or wander to the front of the class in an effort to give the other person a “hint;” or
  7. 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.

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