Three Tips For Teaching Audio Conference Training Sessions

Are you planning to teach an audio conference training session? Delivering training to attendees via telephone communication is very different from teaching in a face-to face setting or via a webinar. When you are leading an audio conference, you must engage and educate the participants whether they are listening in on the live session or they’ll be utilizing a recording of the class at some point in the future. Because of the unique nature of this type of training, there are several tips that anyone who teaches audio conferences should keep in mind when developing training that will be delivered in this manner.

3 Audio Conference Facilitator Tips

1. Create and Use Comprehensive Training Materials

Prepare a comprehensive outline for the material that you will be covering during the audio conference. Send it to the people, who are participating in the training session, prior to the event so they can review it ahead of time if they desire and so they’ll be able to use it to take notes and jot down questions while you are speaking. Be sure to follow the outline while you are teaching so that the participants can follow along easily and so you can be certain to cover everything.

2. Practice Your Presentation

Practice ahead of time so you are comfortable with the material and are certain that you can finish within the time allotment. You may want to record your practice session so that you can identify any pronunciation challenges or other factors associated with your ability to clearly communicate the information via telephone. Remember that the participants won’t be able to see you, so your voice will play a significant role in how effective the audio conference seminar is likely to be.

3. Set the Ground Rules Early

At the beginning of the audio conference, clearly define the ground rules for the session. Explain how the call will progress so that the callers are comfortable and know what to expect. Let the participants know if you’ll accept questions throughout the event or if they should save their inquiries until the end of the session. Additionally, make sure that the trainees know how to turn the mute function on and off.

Setting the Stage for Success
By following these three tips, you’ll be on your way to creating and delivering effective audio conference training that will deliver results.

About the author:
Mary G. White, M.A., SPHR is the Training Coordinator Mobile Technical Institute & MTI Business Solutions, where she specializes in human resources, management, and marketing training. She teaches open enrollment classes for MTI, provides on-site corporate training, and frequently speaks at conferences and association meetings. MTI also provides a variety of consulting services, including IT Training, certification testing, HR consulting, custom database development and website solutions.
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3 Responses to “Three Tips For Teaching Audio Conference Training Sessions”

  1. MikeStone Says:

    Hi Mary,

    I’ve never heard of tip (#1) before, very creative. I’m able to see how preparing a comprehensive outline will help you on your next training session. I’m definitely going to try to implement your tips and hopefully get better results.

    Thank you, for the great article Mary.

    – Mike

  2. Micheal Shirer Says:

    I truly like the fresh perspective you did on the problem. Really was not expecting that when I started off studying. Your concepts were easy to understand that I wondered why I never looked at it before. Glad to know that there’s an individual out there that certainly understands what he’s discussing. Fantastic job!

  3. Kevin Royster Says:

    I recently attended a webinar for a product where the gentleman running it did not heed the tips you gave. What resulted was a chaotic useless session that resulted in everyone getting muted and all questions moving to type. I can only hope that as they become more commonplace that people can polish up their presentations.

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