I train others to be effective safety trainers, and to be an effective safety trainer, you must have credibility with your participants. That means being confident in both your words and your body language.
How can you demonstrate credibility?
- Always be honest. “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer; however, you do see if you can find an answer and follow-up with the person afterward. The key is not to make up an answer.
- Keep your presentation as balanced as possible. That means deliver the facts without any bias as much as possible.
- Raise questions about the information you are providing. Not only do you ask questions of the participants, but incite them to ask questions of you.
- Offer your own experiences that relate to your training, such as how you handled a workplace hazard you came across or how you helped establish some safety processes. This is also a good time to bring the experiences of your participants in as well.
- Cite accepted authorities, such as OSHA, NIOSH, CDC; just make sure they are relevant to the discussion.
- Invite group discussion. This can be done in small groups who then report out to the larger group or you can do this with the group as a whole.
As a safety trainer, you must look at yourself as a facilitator of learning and as a resource to those who are in the learning process.
• Use the 4 Laws of Adult Training .
• Rehearsing and practicing will help minimize any “stage fright.”
• Be natural and relaxed. Use your own style.
Train the Trainer (TOT) teaches you specific skills that will help you be an effective safety trainer. If you have questions about how to be an effective safety trainer, don’t hesitate to contact me.