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Superior Digital Coaching Methods To Use In 2021

Virtual training strategies and tips for 2021

The pandemic and social distancing rules have resulted in all training being either virtual or a combination of online and virtual. This means that coaches need to be more versatile and should be able to switch from one mode to another. Does that mean that as a moderator you need new skills in order to be able to train virtually? Yes, you need certain skills to do a virtual training. So what are some of the more advanced strategies you can use when going virtual in 2021?

This article introduces some tips and strategies a facilitator can use to ensure that the virtual training is engaging and successful.

Training content created with engaging animations or videos

Some of the basic principles of training apply to all training regardless of how it is delivered. For example the training content. The content and slide design play a key role in both classroom training and virtual training. Use text sparingly and make sure the designs are appealing.

In the virtual training you have the opportunity to design your content digitally. Make your content engaging by making generous use of animations and videos or even gamification elements. Adding fun to your workout will go a long way in making your workout stand out from the crowd. Remember, you don’t want your audience to switch screens to view attendees’ materials. Hence, using animation or video along with kinetic text can take your training to the next level.

Tools to help you take your workout to the next level

Prepare for the virtual session as you would for your classroom session. One of the advanced strategies is to use a variety of technologies or tools to make your training engaging for the participants. Platforms such as Zoom, Adobe Connect or Cisco GoToTraining offer a variety of functions that you can use while conducting training courses.

Some of these tools offer survey functions, breakout rooms or groups, discussions, and live questions and answers. You can also use breakout rooms or breakout sessions to allow attendees to think and work together. To get the most out of the discussions in the breakout room, give attendees clear directions, appoint a leader and scribe, and don’t forget to visit each breakout room.

Think about how you would like to answer the questions. Will it be done by show of hands, will you take regular breaks for questions and answers, or will you answer questions at the end of the session? Once you are clear about this, you can start setting expectations with the participants.

Other strategies for better engagement

You can also use features like quizzes, photo sharing, show hands, text chat, and a shared whiteboard to engage your audience. A whiteboard allows attendees to be constantly engaged to share ideas.

When attendees go virtual they must be given a good engagement opportunity or it will be a long, boring session for them. During the session, you can have a co-moderator or a moderator. It could be an SME or a co-facilitator. Your co-moderator can also answer the questions during the training via chat. This will save you time and help you keep the session going without interruption.

Another important factor is your voice. Your voice should demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm in a virtual session. So vary your tone during the session. Raise and lower your voice to create an impactful meeting. Unlike training in the classroom, taking frequent breaks helps participants stay focused and engaged. Also, use the time before the training begins to build a relationship and get to know the participants.

Plan your time

As in the instructor-led training, stick to a schedule and start the virtual session early. You can pre-test your platform, audio, and other devices.


The strategies and steps outlined in this article will ensure that you are adequately prepared for a successful VILT training course. At Tesseract Learning, our learning and visual architects are constantly refining and reinventing their approaches to designing, developing and delivering effective L&D programs. We use our powerful new micro-learning platform KREDO to achieve efficiency over the entire training life cycle and to deliver optimal learning experiences. To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us or leave a comment.

Tesseract Learning Pvt Ltd.

Tesseract Learning works with global organizations and improves employee performance through a range of digital learning solutions. Solutions include eLearning, mobile learning, micro-learning, game-based learning, AR / VR and adaptive learning, among others.

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