Does Your Team Building Expert Have a Team?

Last weekend, we hosted an internal training for our educational facilitators. As we worked together, it occurred to me:

How many “team building experts” have a team of their own?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know some great facilitators who do a phenomenal job with team building that don’t necessarily have a large team.

It is not imperative to have a team, but in my experience it helps. As I work with organizations of all sizes, my experience with our own team (dealing with conflicts, developing and updating systems, creating our team culture) has definitely helped me be a better facilitator.

At Paradigm Shift, we are constantly working to build our team, both in acquiring new talent and in developing talent. We understand the benefits of interactive training and leadership development. We also understand the difficulty in evaluating various trainers and choosing the right option. Here are some questions that help us decide, and may help you also.

3 Things to Consider (that isn’t Budget) when Choosing a Trainer 

1. Who is on their team, and what is their organization’s culture?

As I stated earlier, there is no magic number that is the “right” size team. Some training companies have one person, others have a few people, and some have double or triple digit employees. I personally know great trainers that fit each category. The point is for you ask the question to help in making your decision. Knowing a teams makeup and internal values will help you see if they are a good fit.

2.  What is their internal training schedule?

Trainers should be continually learning. When you ask what a group’s internal training schedule looks like it reveals two things. First, you see the value placed on learning and personal growth. Second, you see how frequently your trainer is personally challenged and refreshed.
Better learners make better teachers. 

3. Does their core competency match our needs?

All organizations have a core set of material or topics over which they are competent. By learning this, you will see if the program is right, if the timing is right, and if the team is right to work with you team.