Some trainers use PowerPoint or Keynote exceptionally well, others do not like to use PowerPoint, and others do not use it well. If you are going to use it be sure to put in the time to build an engaging presentation then strive to continually enhance how you use this aide in your training to enhance the learning experience.
Some trainers use a lot of videos, some of us use very few. Be selective about the videos you use, spend time to reflect on why you are using the videos you do, be clear on what the key learning points and takeaways are and then make sure regardless of how many videos you use that you use them effectively to enhance the learning experience.
Flipcharts work very well for some trainers, but not for everyone. Some trainers use flipcharts exceptionally well and for one or two it is part of the total experience they create. Flip charts do not work well in every venue and for every trainer. Some trainers use them effectively as part of small group work, and others use them because they have been told they have to. If you are going to use them be aware of the venue layout and spend time determining on how best to use them to enhance the learning and retention of what you are teaching.
Whiteboards work for some trainers, not for everyone. Some trainers use whiteboards as their main visual aide, and use them very well. Others use them ineffectively and spend a lot of time with their backs to the participants, talking to the whiteboard instead of engaging with the participants.
PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, videos, audio files, flipcharts, and whiteboards are all aides to assist you in creating an effective learning environment for the participants in your training. They are simply tools at your disposal. You need to figure out which tool or tools work best for you, with your style of instruction, your information and the venue to enhance the learning, retention, recall and understanding for the participants in your program. None of these are mandatory, none are always the right tool and none of them are bad tools to use. The effectiveness of the tool is based on the skill of craftsman who uses it.
Use the tools that work for you. Put in the time to strive to become a craftsman with the tools you use to ensure the maximum benefit for the people you have the privilege to train.
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