Monday, February 9, 2015
“Encourage Question and Answer Session in Your Leadership Development Training Programs” - Professor M.S.Rao
“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” - Voltaire
Most trainers and teachers encourage question and answer (Q&A) session at the end of their teaching and training programs. It helps them understand what the audiences understood apart from serving it as a feedback tool to improve their content for next program. Here are some of the advantages of encouraging Q&A session at the end of teaching and training program:
Q&A session makes the audience lively and engaging. It alerts the non-participants in the audience to think and participate actively. It helps the teachers and trainers assess how far they reached out to the expectations of the audiences. They will be able to judge whether they justified their program. Questioning improves the knowledge levels because the audience can ask any kind of question spontaneously but the teachers and trainers must be in a position to respond up to the satisfaction. Hence, Q&A session encourages spontaneity among the teachers and trainers. It brings synergy among the participants as they appreciate the knowledge levels of other participants in the program thus improving their knowledge levels. When you look at the teaching in prestigious business schools in the world, it is basically case study driven with interactive sessions. It helps create more knowledge as there will be dialogue, discussion, debate and dissent among the participants and also helps transfer knowledge among the participants.
Through Q&A session, the teachers and trainers will be able to assess mindset, intelligence and maturity levels of the audiences. They can acquire knowledge and internalize the best of behavior and styles from participants. It is essential to encourage more questions during the post-lunch session as the participants feel sleepy after taking lunch.
To summarize, handling Q&A session is very challenging for teachers and trainers. If handled well, it showcases your authenticity; builds your credibility; and enhances your image as a thought leader. Above all, it builds your leadership brand. Hence, encourage questions, and be prepared to respond with tact and intelligence to excel as a great trainer and thought leader.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein
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