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Trainer’s Guide to Microsoft Teams

When the unexpected happens, it is good to find something solid to rely on.

Many of us are being asked to do things that we don’t normally do. Maybe it is working from home while the dog barks at the mailman or coaching children through school while taking online meetings. If you are in the L&D space, you’ve probably been asked to convert a classroom session to in-person delivery, deliver a session via an online platform, or support others in your organization to deliver sessions online.

If you are like me, the request to help others have come in more frequently. Even RFP’s are asking that we build in coaching on their chosen tool to get the presenters comfortable with a session they’ll have to deliver. It’s a great idea! And it takes time. To help us address this hurdle we’ve started building guides for trainers that speak directly to the challenges of using these tools and maintaining what we know to be best practices for adult learning. The latest guide is the Trainer’s Guide to Microsoft Teams.

The Challenges of Microsoft Teams for Training

Microsoft Teams provides a couple of unique challenges. First, it didn’t start as a training platform but is part of an overall suite of tools. This has been challenging over the last few months for organizations that are expected to deliver training on the platform we’re already paying for. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft has invested heavily in upgrading the experience.

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This is great, but it is also constantly changing and may look different at each organization. And there lies the second challenge. Microsoft Teams is changing. Next month when you deliver a session it may look different than it does today. Change can be good, but as facilitators, we want our energy to be focused on the learning experience and not the details of the tool.

Why Use the Trainer’s Guide to Microsoft Teams?

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This is where the Trainer’s Guide to Microsoft Teams comes in. We needed this guide because our customer’s needed this guide. After we created it we decided we couldn’t hide it under a bushel. No! Our goal as a company is to help every professional design and deliver better training so we felt better sharing it far and wide.

Trainers Guide Microsoft Teams

We hope the Trainer’s Guide to Microsoft Teams makes a difference in your training. We know that there are many platforms for virtual training. We’ve identified those most used by our customers and created free Trainer’s Guides. to stay on top of the latest changes.

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Build Training for Microsoft Teams in Soapbox

The Trainer’s Guide to Teams pairs well with a presentation designed for the features available in Microsoft Teams. Try a Soapbox demo or a free trial to see how Soapbox can make the transition to virtual training frighteningly easy!

Instructor-Led Training Resources

These are some of our favorite resources to support everyone involved with instructor-led training.

Training Delivery and Facilitation Competency Rubric

A rubric is a way to assess performance with a standard set of evaluation criteria. The next time you need to assess the performance of someone delivering training (even if that someone is you), you may find this rubric helpful.

The Role of Co-facilitators

Co-facilitators play an important role in a training workshop. The most obvious benefit is that when you co-facilitate, you get a break from leading the

18 Instructor-led Training Activities

Engaging, intentional, face-to-face and virtual instructor-led training activities can make the difference between a session that helps learners to apply new skills or knowledge and one that falls flat.

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