Training the trainers – tried and true strategies

icon-reachingdiverseAre you embarking on training community workers or members for the first time? Or, need some ideas as to how to promote and deliver your current training sessions to new groups?

CLEO’s Connecting Communities recently created 5 tip sheets on “train the trainer” strategies.  Check out these tip sheets for information and ideas – all based on community agencies’ experience from conducting trainings.  Here are just a few of the tips.


How well participants know each other can have a big impact on the training.

Do your participants know one another? If they are strangers, it can be important to break the ice and give them the chance to get to know each other and recognize what they have in common.

Literacy Levels

Literacy levels can be a very sensitive issue. It is important to identify the literacy level of the participants in the training and determine whether the training materials and presentation need to be revised to a specific level of literacy.

Training materials

Do you have what you need for your training? Some tips:

  • Have you started by canvassing what materials and resources exist?
  • Can you find materials that could be adapted easily for your audience?
  • Do you need to develop new materials?

CLEO’s Better Legal Information Handbook is a great resource for tips on literacy levels, finding and adapting others’ materials and creating your own.

What ideas have worked for you in designing, promoting and conducting trainings?

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