Team Building trainers makes use of 3 overlapping, but different roles. Each role stated below keeps the learning and team building activity meaningful, self-reflective, team-reflective, as well as fun!
The roles of team building trainers are best summarized as follows:
If the client only wants to conduct activities for Team bonding or activity conduction, the person appointed is known as Consultant or Team Building Trainer. In this role, he establishes and keeps communication with the client, jointly evaluates the client’s company situation, draws information, designs effective programs, serves as friend and adviser to the main client contact.
• Outbound Trainer:
If client needs to alter the perception of participants to particular thing, the person appointed is known as Outbound Trainer. He works on activity conduction and small debrief after the activity. In this role, he sets the nature of the training, then connects, educates and extemporizes as he orchestrates and provides the content through a series of activities and simplified group discussion.
If client wishes to change outlook, motives and habits of participants, then the facilitator is appointed. The facilitator works on the activity conduction and deep debrief after the activity. In this role, he leads the debriefings [processing], engaging and stimulating participants to dig for profound meaning, settling disagreements and pushing for ever-greater transparency and understanding.
Pre-work of Trainer ( Before Outbound Training ):
1. Planning team building activities as per preferred outcomes and participant profiles (Male / Female ratio, age, designation etc.)
2. Suggesting a suitable location as per requirement (Indoor / Outdoor)
3. Keeping backup of all activities for better achievement of desired outcomes.
Each of these roles is inter-dependent on each other. For instance, if the team building training lacks the complete “buy-in” or consent of the primary client contact, (generally Executive Level, Team Leader, or a Manager), the program will flop to touch a higher standard of success and be unsuccessful in having a long-term effect on the participants within the team.
It is vital that a discussion takes place between the Team Building Trainer and the Client. All parties must reach an agreement on how the activity will progress, what aims and goals are going to be attained in addition to the way of following up to the team training program.
What if the client communication is imprecise about what aims and goals to be fulfilled? That is where the team building consultant should meet, process and allow the client interaction to see better and understand what it is that requires to be addressed in the outbound session. If the team building consultant can’t enable a discussion for clarity on goals and objectives then both parties- the consultant and the client, must agree to go elsewhere.
Furthermore, during the training new evidence of inter-behavioral limitations might come up and the program takes unpredicted turn. This is when the actual test of a trainer’s skill becomes obvious.
Does the facilitator decide on staying in work on the pre-defined objectives?
• Does the team building trainer decide to head some other direction and follow what has just arisen?
• Does the trainer have the abilities, knowledge, and skills to blend together in synergy?
Experienced team building trainers who have been in all these situations and the response is “YES.” It is all based on the situation at hand.
Hence, when choosing a team building company, an organization must study and feel contented with the qualifications of the facilitator.
Some key questions to ask team building companies are as simple as:
1. Who are your facilitators and trainers?
2. Can you tell me an instance of a program you have led that is like our state of affairs?
3. Can you source me with a list of sample questions you question during the debrief [processing]?
4. Give us a precise example of a program you have produced that was a Success? Or Failure?
5. Can you provide my organization with a printed proposal or agenda of what will be accomplished during our team building session? An effective team building trainer can move seamlessly from the consultant; trainer; and facilitator role
Choose the right trainer who puts your team and success first.