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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.

Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.

Below are Articles and posts I have written over the years and published on Various media.

Is Virtual Training And Facilitation The Way Forward?

When virtual learning became the only way forward during the pandemic, it forced the world to embrace a concept that was inevitable, sooner rather than later. In my profession as a trainer, as all travel and face to face trainings came to an abrupt halt, the choice to move online was an easy one for me – it was the only way to survive!

There is a misconception that virtual learning is the same as face to face learning, the only difference being the delivery platform. Many trainers and educators simply continued doing what they were doing, except instead of being in a physical classroom, they had a virtual classroom. Now their classroom was made up of little boxes with student faces in them and to be able to see the whole classroom, they had to scroll through multiple screens. They talk into a small dot on their laptops, most of the time oblivious of the level of engagement from their students in their classroom.

There is no doubt that teaching and training online can be challenging. The main and most fundamental challenge is one of engagement. Students learn best when they are engaged and interested and it is the one non-negotiable value that trainers and educators must offer, regardless of the delivery platform they use. Unfortunately for trainers and educators, they are often not equipped to do this. There are several reasons for this:

  • Multimodal tools. Everyone learns differently and in recent years, seven different learning styles have been identified, namely visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, and solitary. A learner normally has one dominant style they learn best with but can develop abilities to learn in the other styles. In a physical setting, it is far easier for a trainer or educator to pick up on these learning style cues and thus, can change their mode of teaching easily.
  • Nonverbal cues. The inability to quickly scan the classroom and pick up on nonverbal cues and gauge the level of engagement in real time means that the trainer or educator is unable to make the necessary adjustments to the way they deliver the course for maximum engagement.
  • Distractions. As learners are in their home environments, they may find it harder to switch their mode to a learner setting where a high level of focus required. This requires a lot of self-discipline from the learners and let us face it, this is an area that we can all improve on tremendously.
  • Trust and credibility. Admittedly, this is something that all trainers and educators face, regardless of whether it is face to face or virtual. Being able to establish trust and credibility will ensure a bonding with the learners that ultimately, will result in an effective transfer of knowledge. The key to this is connection and in a virtual setting, it becomes a more challenging task.

The good news is as virtual learning becomes the norm there are more and more technological platforms and tools being developed on a constant basis to address these challenges. Even better news is that trainers like me, have made it our mission to keep abreast of these tools and techniques so we can impart the knowledge to other trainers and educators. We have learnt from our own experiences and have developed best practises to ensure solutions are in place to address the challenges.

Regardless of whatever label we put on ourselves, whether it be trainer, educator, facilitator, instructor, or coach, ultimately our role is to impart knowledge to enable the learner to get the best value from our teaching. Thus, it becomes imperative that we strive to upgrade and up-skill ourselves so that we can empower the people that have put their learning in our hands.

For more information on virtual facilitation, download this eBook titled “How I Run My Virtual Classes

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