Professional competence of a trainer in the field of mediation depends on there factors:
- Theoretical knowledge
- Knowledge in the practical field
- Knowledge in the field of training.
Excellent Knowledge in any one or two of the three fields will not help. Trainer has to work on all the three fields.
Trainer has to introspect as to in which field he /she needs further strengthening and work on the same. A presentation of an hour or 90 minutes reflects expertise of the trainer in all these three fields.
Any presentation should necessarily involve (a) theory – knowledge to be imparted (b) strategy to be designed well before the presentation and at times during the presentation (c) experience- experiential information as to what works when and how.
Preparation for the training involves an action plan as to how the training is to be organized.
Any amount of self-preparation without proper plan of organizing will not give the desired results. Coordination with the co-trainees, persons providing logistics etc is a must. Any Team work can be successful if these three factors are not ignored – (a) Inclusion (b) reasonable control (c) mutual affection and respect.
A trainer has to understand the difference between teaching abilities and training abilities. Teaching abilities of a trainer will definitely help in mediation trainings. But a trainer cannot depend only upon teaching abilities without developing training abilities.
As the objective of training in Mediation is to see to it that the Society gets the service of efficient professional mediators, trainer has to work more on acquiring action-based learning tools like simulation exercises- short and long role plays etc. Training on the theoretical component and the practical component should go hand in hand, so that a perfect synergy between the two is felt and understood by the trainees.
Suggested Action plan
- Ask your peers/co-trainees in which of the three fields you are weak.
- Take a self-assessment.
- Find out whether you have only teaching ability but not training ability.
- Work on each of the three fields meticulously.
- Include your practical experience as a mediator in your presentation while explaining a concept.
- Acquire mastery over action-based learning tools.
“Systematic learning has its own edge”Slamw