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Effective training techniques involves contextual role-plays

Published Sep 30, 2019, 3:20 pm IST
Updated Sep 30, 2019, 3:25 pm IST
Fire walking is a great tool to overcome self-limiting beliefs that hold so many back.
Samira Gupta, Chief Image Consultant and Executive Coach.
 Samira Gupta, Chief Image Consultant and Executive Coach.

Are you a certified trainer?  

Yes, I am a Certified Executive Coach, Team Coach, Soft Skills trainer, an Image Consultant, a Life Coach, Relationship Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) professional. I am trained to help people in each mentioned area using specialised techniques. 


What are the most effective training techniques?  

Today the most effective training techniques involve a great deal of experiential training. Such training involves contextual role-plays and relevant activities. Such activities may include games, energisers, and psychometric assessment tools. People who take psychometric assessment tools become better aware of themselves and learn how to perceive and handle different situations. They learn how to manage conflict, stress, how to create a work-life balance. They also learn personal image management, how to dress, behave, and communicate. Understanding all this is important to flourish. It is taught not just through words but through demonstration. People learn most effectively when they are told, shown, and by demonstrating what they've learned.    


Tell about a successful training program you conducted. What made it so successful?

All my programs have been very successful. I measure the success of my programs based on the change they produce in participants. Stakeholders working in my client’s organisation and his or her team members always notice a change after a client has undergone training with me. The productivity of my clients and his/her team improves as well.

The relationships my clients forge are stronger as a result of being trained by me. These are the usual outcomes of my training programs. I can confidently say that our training programs are geared to produce excellent outcomes. The model we follow allows teams to work better together. We also provide team coaching which is hand-holding after each training program is completed. We know that a 2-day training program cannot bring about lasting behavioural change. So our training is followed by longer-term coaching which produces outcomes such as higher productivity, better relationships, better work-life balance, and fewer conflicts.


Our training programs are focused entirely on the outputs we want to produce. So I would not say a particular training has been more successful than others as all of our training has produced brilliant outcomes. This is why we have had so many repeat clients over the past 5 years.   

How do you remain updated with training related trends and tools?

I’m a learner at heart. So I make sure me and everyone working with me, remains updated with the latest tools, techniques, and technologies used in training programs. We are always aware of what is trending and aware of what is required to up-skill ourselves. We constantly learn better techniques and enrol in high-level training programs to ensure we’re at the peak of our game. Also, we learn how to use the newest tools to bring about desired outcomes. For instance next month I’m travelling to Ireland to undergo training in fire-walking.


Fire walking is a great tool to overcome self-limiting beliefs that hold so many back. Many corporate organisations accept fire-walking as a useful tool to bring about desirable changes in employees. During my upcoming trip to Ireland, I expect to become a fire-walk instructor to ensure we are equipped with the latest tool to help those I train. In the past, I have mastered Neuro-linguistic Programming, life coaching skills, and how to inculcate in others soft skills using experiential techniques. I have also learned the most effective tools and assessments that help train others. And how each of the former can be decoded and explained to participants. In short, we constantly up-skill and upgrade ourselves to ensure we have a bouquet of service offerings.     


Please share your experiences as a trainer?

Being a trainer has been a life-changing experience for me because I can't train others unless I train myself. So as a successful trainer, I have trained myself many times which has been a life changing experience as I am not the person I was before I became a trainer. My journey over the past 6 years during which I have trained myself after having worked for 24 years in the corporate sector, has been enlightening and empowering.

Training members from a wide range of organizations also means training people from a wide range of backgrounds and designations. Individuals I train range from among the most junior in an organization to those who are its most senior. I provide leadership training to those at the most senior positions in their organisations and to those at the mid-level and junior-most positions. By providing training to such a wide range of individuals, the training I have undergone is of a whole new level. I have become so much more aware and experienced than I was before I became a trainer.


The stories shared during training programs and the questions posed have taught me a great deal. So I would say that while I have always been a giver, I am more of a giver now than I am a receiver. Since becoming a trainer I am a better person. I am more organised and strategic now because studying the mentioned subjects has had a life-changing impact on me.

My outlook today is to learn as much as possible so I can give as much as possible to those I train. So my outlook is a giver outlook. I don’t hold back on information rather I want to share all the information I have. My journey as a trainer has been filled with learning. I never watch TV or waste of time. Rather even when I have 30 minutes of free time I try to watch or read something that adds to my body of knowledge. This is because no 2 training sessions are similar; rather each training session must have something new. Every training must have something new, interesting, and energizing. In short, as a trainer, I have evolved and am a better trainer now than I was when I started.