By Ashraf Al Shafaki
Here are some examples of trainee resistance that a trainer might encounter during the activities of a training session:
- A participant is too shy to make a demo or group work presentation
- A participant is afraid of or shy to answer a question
- A participant is shy to read (something he/she has written)
- A trainee says "I can't" or "I will not be able to do it" to some activity the trainer asks him/her to carry out
- The participant is a perfectionist and is afraid of making mistakes.
- The participant cares a lot about his/her image and is afraid that it could be compromised if he/she performs poorly.
- The participant is underestimating his/her abilities.
- Provide the trainee with instant relief by saying that it is OK for him/her not to carry out the activity.
- Pass on to the next participant to carry out the activity.
- After most or all of the participants have carried out the activity, return to the previously resistive participant and ask him/her to try carrying out the activity.