What is a must to know for an instructor who is at the beginning of his/her working career?

By Carlos Alberto Rossi, Ecuador.

Text translated by Raquel Ortiz from Jujuy, Argentina

Here are some tips for brand new Instructors

During the last 20 years I have given approximately 4000 courses or  seminars ,  and I prepare myself for each event  as if it was the first one because I am very careful, and sometimes I fear, not to the audience, but to being frustrated, I fear failure.

I have given the course “Instructor for trainers advanced” more than 60 times, and from them arouse interesting questions, the ones which most attracted me are the following:


How does the level of knowledge of the attendee influence the course design?

Which was the level of attendee that made you feel worse? Why?


Let´s answer the first question:

The instructor should prepare the content and necessary visual aids for the course according to  the level (of knowledge and hierarchy in the company of the attendee) in order to transmit all the knowledge intended successfully.


The answer to the second question is:

Once I was hired by a chemistry company which was highly positioned in the markets, this company wanted me to prepare various courses about “Development on management skills”.

As important fact, I have to say that from the owner of the company to the last one of its managers, they were all interested only in one thing…”Winning”; and most of them had begun with this company 13 years ago, so they had experienced 13 years of successful business locally and nationwide.

On the day of my “Negotiation course”, during my self-introduction I noticed that all my attendees’ faces looked as wondering:



With just a glance at their faces I understood they were extremely demanding and that I should be harder than them to attract their attention. It was then when I thought to myself, “I have to make them loose their confidence about their knowledge so they realize they do not know everything”. Secondly, I must show them situations they never lived, which was a challenge to me, as they had been in the business world for 13 years and did it more than very good. So, there we go…

In order to make them loose their step, I thought of a simulation of negotiation which demanded them to create sceneries where to deal with emotions when working under pressure.

Then, the first thing I did was to put them straight away into live negotiation, just to see how they managed themselves, and to find out whether they were strategic or rough and ready negotiators. And I have to say, they completely failed in this simulation not only in dealing with emotions but also in the scenery set up to show strategies of negotiation.

After all this, the attitude of this group towards me change completely, and from then on everyone sat down and did their best to learn from my course.


To conclude; every instructor should master different pedagogic strategies ready to apply to the varied levels of attendees and else, he or she must be able to show the attendees what they lack in order to begin the teaching-learning process without negative questionings or attitudes.




Translator’s profile:

RaquelRaquel Ortiz is a Sworn Translator and TESOL trainer of the pair language English <>Spanish. She is a Professor at UCASAL  and UNSa in the fields of technical English for business and economy, laws, and the tourist industry. She has organized training courses on technical English for SEC.TUR.JUJUY, Ministerio de Desarrollo Agricola y Forestal, and private projects such as Espejo de Sal Jujuy. She is a freelance translator of business and legal documents.

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