A “Train the Trainer” Tip: Start Your Sessions With a Bang
by Guila Muir
What’s the best way to assure your training participants groan inwardly and “turn off” when you first open your mouth? Simply by doing what you’ve always been told: By introducing yourself and providing your credentials.
Why not generate your audience’s curiosity, interest, and investment from the outset? Use a “Hook” before introducing yourself or your professional credentials. If your hook is well-crafted, you will have already gained credibility when you do introduce yourself. The participants will be much more open to hearing your message.
What is a Hook?
First, what a hook is NOT:
- An extended exercise or activity
- An irrelevant joke
- An apology of any kind
- A meandering, “off-the-cuff” mumble meant to make YOU more comfortable in front of the class.
A Hook is a short, carefully crafted statement that indicates…
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