Ground Rules

By Ashraf Al Shafaki


Ground rules are basic rules of conduct during the training which trainees are expected to abide by.


  • Trainer and trainees are on the same understanding
  • Trainees do not get offended whenever a trainer takes action against a noncomplying trainee


  • Distribute handouts during the first session laying down ground rules.
  • Explicitly show ground rules you have set in the first slide of the slideshow presentation.
  • Ask participants to collaboratively come up with ground rules, then take a vote on which ones to abide by.
  • Write the ground rules on a flip chart sheet and hang it on the wall. Keep it there during the whole training.


  • No smoking
  • Cell phones off or silent