|Motivation and reinforcement can play an important role in keeping learners engaged and interested in a training event. Almost everything you do during an event has a motivational impact, either positive or negative, on your learners. The way you present information, the activities you choose, the way you interact with learners, and the amount of choice and control you give them all influence their motivation.
During your presentation, set up concepts in an interesting and personally relevant way. A setup is the first step in presenting a concept. It creates the foundation on which you'll build the concept. There are several types of setups: You can:
To determine and apply appropriate motivational strategies, you'll need to recognize the learning styles of your students. For example, if there are visual learners in your group, use an analogy that paints a picture they can relate to and visualize. For kinesthetic learners, state a problem that needs to be solved or empower them to discover a solution through a bands-on activity.
By reinforcing learners for their participation, you encourage them to continue contributing to an event. Reinforcement can also build learners' confidence and motivate them for continued learning.
Use a variety of reinforcement techniques to encourage and match learner achievement to their needs and goals. Thank learners for their participation and acknowledge correct responses. Promote the importance and value of the skills they have learned and their ability to use them to accomplish their goals.