Train the Trainers

We are also training people to be trainers of this course. We invite and encourage all participants to take the training multiple times so that you can become a trainer of it. You can go at your own pace and take on more and more responsibilities of the training in each cohort.

There may be a few of the participants in each cohort that are trainees. They will have previously taken the training as participants and are now assisting in presenting sections of the training and facilitating the breakout circles, etc. They are on the path to becoming trainers of the course.

Each training cohort is now an ongoing series of cohorts. As soon as one five week cohort finishes, the next week the next one starts. Participants can take the training again as often as they would like and be a trainee. They will learn how to hold the trainings. The best way to learn is to teach.


On this page we will be developing this part of the training.
This trainee process is still being developed and refined.

Trainees;

  • will have taken the training before.

  • can facilitate sections of the training, such as introductions, circle debriefs, etc.

  • may help with facilitating the breakout rooms.

  • meet 30 minutes before the training to discuss and stay 30 min afterwards to discuss.

  • contribute to the co-design and development of the training.


Training Roles and Definitions

Cohort
A cohort is a group that takes the training together. There are 4 to 23 people in a cohort. It is hard to have more than 23 or so in a cohort because of time constraints. A cohort could have;

  • 1 Producer, 2 Trainers, 3 to 5 Trainees, 1 or 2 Floaters, and 15 Participants.

  • 1 Producer, 1 Producer Trainee, 1 Trainer, 5 Trainees, 1 or 2 Floaters, and 15 Participants.

  • Etc.

  • In the breakout circles there is usually 1 Trainer or Trainee and 3 participants.


Participants

They are taking the facilitator training. There are 3 to 15 per training cohort.


Trainees
Trainees have done the training before and are learning to be trainers of it. They take the training several times to prepare to be trainers. They will present sections of the training and facilitate breakout circles. There are 1 to 5 Trainees per training cohort. They meet for 30 minutes before and after each Session with the trainers to prepare and debrief. There are different levels of trainees by experience,

  • Trainee: Level 1 - Doing the trainee role for the first time.

  • Trainee: Level 2 - Doing the trainee role for the second time.

  • Trainee: Level 3 - Doing the trainee role for the third time.

  • Trainee: Level 4 - Doing the trainee role for the fourth time.

  • etc.


Floater
A floater is someone that has done the training before and can step into different roles. They can be a trainee, a co-facilitator with a trainee or trainer, or a participant. They are an extra person in case someone doesn't show up and can round out a breakout circle.


Co-Facilitator
When two people facilitate an Empathy Circle or Breakout Room together.


Trainers
Trainers are experienced with holding Empathy Circles and with the training and lead the training. There are 1 to 3 per training cohort. They meet for 30 minutes before and after the training to prepare and to debrief. They are also involved in the design and development of the training.


Producer Trainee
Is learning to organize an entire training cohort. Such as, publicizing the cohort, promotion on email and social media, organizing the Zoom calls and breakout rooms, scheduling and signups, sending emails and publishing session videos, etc. etc.

Producer
The Producer is responsible for organizing the entire training cohort.


Training Designer
Help design, develop, expand and improve the training. We are working to develop an open source empathy training that everyone can learn, use and expand on.



More Trainee Tasks

1. Pre Session Tasks

Trainers and Trainees meet 30 min before the Session begins to review the Session Scripts. They decide which sections will be facilitated by which trainer/trainee? They discuss any other issues, etc. Here are links to the scripts.


2. Cohort Series Promotion Training Team is Responsible for keeping the Cohort Series going and full.

An overall goal is to train every person in the world how to take part in and facilitate an Empathy Circle. Part of the training is how to invite people into the Empathy Circle and talk part in an training. We try to have around 22 participants in each Cohort.

At the end of the Session, the training team has a discussion on the promotion of the next cohort.

  • Share ideas about promotion and implement them.

  • Reach out personally to friends, community, etc.

  • Invite friends to Cohort Facebook event

  • Invite friends to Cohort LinkedIn event

  • etc.


3. Empathy Circle Facilitator Challenges Catalog Design and Development
One of the assignments for Trainers and Trainees in a 5 week training is to take a Facilitation Challenge and write it up. We will add it to the Challenges Catalog.

Open and Edit Google Document


Google Doc: Train the Trainer - Training to offer the training