Put your foot in it! If you want a lot of things to go wrong during a virtual training session, I have a few suggestions for you here. Failures are guaranteed, as are dissatisfied participants. Here are five – of course not to be taken seriously – tips:
1. Do not prepare your digital training under any circumstances.
You are the pro! A virtual training? This is not witchcraft. Preparation? What for? Everything will work out fine, after all, your presence workshops work, too. Simply transfer your on-site training one to one into the digital world. No consideration for casualties!
2. Do not worry about whether your participants will be able to cope with technology.
Your participants have booked an online training course, so they should take care of their tech gear themselves. That is not the problem of the coach! Someone may not be able to join the video conference? So what do you care about? Having trouble with a tool? Problems working with the digital pinboard? Not your beer. Bad luck for the participants …
3.Hold long monologues. Do not let anyone else have a word.
You are the coach, so you should talk. Long and broad. Extensively. For hours. Don’t be surprised if your participants get tired in front of the screens and switch off mentally. No matter. Just keep chatting. Discussions? Question units? Are completely overrated. Those who speak stay in focus.
4. Don’t engage in interactions.
Of course it would be possible to divide your participants into small groups and send them to virtual workshops. But why? That would be fun and motivating! And yes, you could all create a group work together. You could work together on innovations or new strategies. But please! The point here is not to be effective, but to achieve blatant failures.
5. Avoid breaks. Plan extra long units.
Trainings on the screen require a continuously high level of concentration. Use this knowledge and challenge your participants to top performances! Do not take breaks. Plan long sections in which you illuminate a topic from every conceivable angle. Follow up directly with a repetition phase. And then another one. Just don’t let up! After all, time is money.
Do you have any more tips on how a virtual training session can go wrong? I am grateful for suggestions.