Trainer Skills Checklist
Think about your own skills as a trainer then
read through the following statements.
Determine whether the statements you feel describe
your strengths or if they describe
areas where you’d like to improve. Think
about one or two things you could do to build
your strengths to address areas that need improvement.
- You know your subject matter. You have studied
your topic and have experienced
the events you speak about.
- You know your audience.
You respect and listen to the participants.
You call them
by name, if possible.
- You are neutral and non-judgmental.
You validate everyone’s experiences and
right to individual perspectives. You respect
differences of opinion and lifestyle.
- You are
culturally sensitive. You are aware that your
own views and beliefs are
shaped by your cultural background just as
your participants’ cultures shape their
- You are self-aware. You recognize
your own biases and hot-buttons and act in
professional manner when your hot-buttons are
- You are inclusive. You encourage all
participants to share their experiences and
contribute to the group learning process.
are lively, enthusiastic and original. You
use humor, contrasts, metaphors and
suspense. You keep your listeners interested
and challenge their thinking.
- You use a variety
of vocal qualities. You vary your pitch, speaking
rate and volume.
- You avoid monotones.
- You use your body well.
Your body posture, gestures and facial expressions
natural and meaningful, reinforcing your subject
- You make your remarks clear and easy
to remember. You present one idea at a
time and show relationships between ideas.
You summarize when necessary.
- You enhance with
illustrations. You use examples, charts, visuals
and audio aids to
illustrate your subject matter.
- You understand
group dynamics and the stages all groups go
through. You are
comfortable with conflict resolution.
- You are flexible. You read and interpret your participants’ responses,
and nonverbal, and adapt your plans to meet
their needs. You are in charge without
being overly controlling.
- You are open to new
ideas and perspectives. You are aware that you
don’t know all
the answers. You recognize that you can learn
from participants as well as offer
them new knowledge or perspectives.
- You are compassionate.
You understand that much of the material may
emotional impact on the participants. You are
empathetic and understanding about
participants’ emotional reactions.
are interested in evaluating your work. You
encourage co-trainers and
participants to give feedback.