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Maximpact Train-the-Trainer Sessions Build Capacity

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By Sunny Lewis,

Train-the-Trainer is a proven method of sharing knowledge that’s efficient and effective. Experts guide would-be trainers to achieve the skills that they themselves have already mastered – how to train others to share knowledge.

These are communications skills like active listening, accurate observing and helping participants to link the training they receive to their own jobs.

The trainees learn to present information clearly, respond to participant questions and lead activities that enhance and reinforce learning. They learn to share information in formal ways such as delivering courses, hosting workshops and presenting seminars and also in informal discussions.

Whether formal or informal in practice, Training of Trainers (TOT) is a high-level professional learning process whereby qualified trainers provide capacity building assistance for implementing evidence-based programs.

Maximpact is now offering custom-tailored capacity building training for nongovernmental and civil society organizations, associations, cooperatives and private companies that utilizes the Training of Trainers model.

Expert Maximpact trainers offer training in essential skills such as strategic planning, human resource management, fundraising, investor readiness and business development.

When trainees complete these tailored, hands-on, interactive workshops, they can go on to train people within their own organizations or out in the communities where they work, growing their own skills and helping others to grow too.

One of the world’s largest conservation organizations uses this approach in working with communities to help them conserve the natural resources on which they depend and respond to disasters when they strike.

World Wildlife Fund works in 100 countries throughout the world directly with humanitarian organizations, governments and local communities to help institute better practices for disaster response. WWF trainers aim to ensure that recovery, reconstruction and disaster risk reduction efforts include considerations of environmental sustainability in order to reduce risk and vulnerability.

“We can’t afford to continue to invest in short term solutions that don’t take into account how weather patterns, sea levels and land use are changing the nature and severity of flooding,” Anita van Breda, World Wildlife Fund’s senior director of environment and disaster said Wednesday. “The traditional approaches we’ve used to manage flooding in the past – like sea walls and levees – in most cases, won’t work in isolation for the types of floods we’re likely to experience in the future.”

The Flood Green Guide, developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance , provides a step-by-step framework for flood managers to understand the factors contributing to flood risk in their region, and to pull together the appropriate policies, nature based solutions, and traditional engineering to address the problem.

Now that an effective framework has been identified, it’s important to train people to face severe flooding in techniques they can use to reduce risk.

“New roads, tunnels and bridges should not only be able to withstand more severe flooding, but ideally contribute to the community’s resilience and safety,” said van Breda.

“Our framework encourages engineers, flood managers, planners, community members, and policymakers to collaborate around the table from the start to work together addressing multiple objectives,” she said.

Participants in these collaborative sessions then go to their own communities and train others in the techniques they have just learned themselves.

Similarly, Maximpact can help your organization to train its trainers.

All our capacity building trainings are tailor-made according to each organisation’s need and are based on change management theory and adult learning techniques.

Change management is a approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations using methods intended to re-direct the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, and other operations that reshape a company or organization.

Maximpact has hundreds of experts on tap who can train your trainers to help your organization make the changes needed to face future challenges with confidence.