It is a good idea at the beginning of the first training session to a new group of participants to explain to them the training style that will be used during the training and to portray such a style in a highly positive manner.
For instance, you can inform participants that the traditional lecturing style would not be used except for 20% only of the training due to its being boring to participants and being of low effectiveness in terms of retaining information and skill development. Then you may go ahead and explain that the training will be using the latest methods used in training internationally and would be highly interactive and fun while providing very high value to participants in a very short period of time. You may then mention briefly some of the elements that will be used during this interactive training such as role play, videos, pair work, group work and games.
After this brief explanation of the training style that is about to be used during the training, participants become mentally ready to accept and appreciate the style and methods that might be new to many of them.Their appreciation of the training style about to be used by the trainer makes them more willing to participate with their full energy.
This explanation of the training style before using it also helps in having participants respect and trust the trainer as they now know that he knows what he is doing. Therefore, it is a good idea to first explain to participants the training style at the beginning of the first training session.
Do you think there could be times when it would be counterproductive to introduce the training style at the beginning of the first training session?