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During the Training

Managing Time

Time management can be one of the most challenging aspects of conducting a training session. It takes a skilled trainer to cover content in a way that involves and engages participants within a limited time frame. Some ways to manage time effectively are:

  • Make clear that participants and trainers will be expected to respect start, end and break times.
  • Help participants who wander off the topic to tie in their comments with the discussion at hand.
  • Ask participants’ permission to table questions, suggestions or comments.
  • Limit comments on any given topic, but encourage participants to continue their dialog on breaks or after the training session.

If you run into a situation in which you have too little time to cover all topics on the agenda, you may need to negotiate with participants about what they most want to cover. By allowing them to identify what is most useful to them, you make the most of the time remaining and meet participants’ needs.