You know training is great for your career, but did you also know that training others is equally as beneficial?
Here’s the scenario: Your boss has just come into your office and asked you to deliver a course on using the new technology that is about to be rolled out across the company. You’ve been to an external training course and your boss thinks you’re ideally placed to train everyone else.
What is your immediate emotion as he leaves the room? Panic? Fear? Concern about the extra workload?
Instead of focusing on the negatives of training others in the workplace, take a look at the many benefits you will reap as an individual.
Know it all
Having to deliver a training session sharpens your understanding of a particular subject. If you are coaching other members of your organisation on a subject that you know like the back of your hand, developing a training program forces you to look at the material with fresh eyes. This has the knock‐on effect of refreshing your work practices, installing new techniques, and breathing new life into an established routine.
If you are disseminating information from a recent course you have attended yourself, standing up in front of your colleagues can be quite daunting. It’s important you give them the right knowledge and help them progress. In order to do that, you really have to know what you are talking about.
To be able to explain it in a manner that enables others to clearly understand the material forces you to strip it back to basics and then piece it all together again, which can be more effective than reviewing notes or even putting things into practise. Teaching improves your working knowledge and helps you do your job better.
Points means prizes
Coaching may equate to more work in the short term as you prepare your course material and work on your own understanding of the information. However, your company will generally reward you for the extra time and effort you put into the training session.
Your company is likely to value you more as your knowledge and skills develop. Soon you will become the resident expert, which could equate to a pay rise, a more senior position, or other perks.
If your company is not forward thinking, and tends to take their employees for granted, adding these skills to your CV is going to help you move up the ladder in the next phase of your career.
Listen and learn
Training is not just about talking. It’s also about listening and taking on board delegates’ questions and queries. Learning the art of listening will help you in every walk of life, including your personal life and career aspects. You may also find that you learn a lot from listening to others, as different discussions open up new trains of thoughts that were previously unexplored.
Your communication skills are likely to improve through training others. Learning to articulate in a way that can be understood by four, or even 40 people at varying levels of skill will help you with future work presentations and pitches. Developing written training material will aid your methods of preparing reports. Remember, all communication skills are transferable.
Crank up the confidence
Knowing you know more than other people – even if you are only one step ahead – is a big confidence boost. When you are the trainer, others view you as the expert and when your confidence grows, you stand out. You may get picked for a promotion, awarded bonuses, or generally achieve more in everything you do.
When you understand what you are talking about, it shines through. Your training improves and your work improves. People ask questions and look up to you as the authority. It builds your sense of worth and satisfaction in a job well done.
The next time you baulk when your boss asks you to train others, take a breath and think of the benefits. Not only does it help your team and company in the long term, but it helps you as well. Don’t wait to get involved and step up to the podium. Give it a go – you just might have found your calling.