3 Steps To Motivate Participants - Cover All Basics

How you can motivate your participants in three steps and prevent trainer testing

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3 Steps To Motivate Participants - Cover All Basics

What Is Cover All Basics?

The Cover all Basics consists of three steps. If all three steps are carried out correctly, you increase the motivation and willingness to participate of your participants. You can also effectively prevent trainer testing.

Trainer Testing - Trainer Battles

It can happen that participants are not convinced of your expertise as a trainer and subtly or overtly question you as a trainer. These situations are called trainer testing. If you react incorrectly in such a situation, it can happen that the trainer testing turns into a trainer battle. In the worst case, your participants lose respect and all motivation.

When Do I Use Cover All Basics?

The cover of all basics is mandatory at the start of the seminar and should also be installed before each new section and before each exercise. It may also be necessary to use the Cover all Basics in between.

What Is There To Consider With The Cover All Basics?

With the cover all basics, all participants must feel addressed equally. This can be achieved by the trainer through alternative formulations, e.g

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Step 1: Pick Up And Appreciate Participants

It is important to meet all participants where they are to prevent (future) disturbances. By appreciating the participants, they should get a good feeling and be encouraged to take part.

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Step 2: Objection Anticipation

Objections that could be brought up by the participants during the seminar should be addressed by the trainer himself in advance if possible. Objections could be, for example:

  • I already know/can do that!
  • What does this topic have to do with xy?
  • What does that bring me in the context xy?

It makes sense to determine already when planning the seminar which objections the participants may raise and how to react to them or how and when they can be anticipated.

Step 3: Proof Of Competency

In order to be recognized as a trainer by the group, the participants must be continuously convinced of their competence. The fact that the trainer repeatedly addresses proofs of competence in the form of experiences with the topics or subtly incorporates them in between, prevents participants from having doubts about the suitability of the trainer or even expressing them directly (disruption!).

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