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Eight Fundamental Requirements for Training Leaders

1. Desire: Scouter must want to learn how to operate a unit effectively.

bulletAdults resist learning something simply because somebody says they must.
bulletThey learn best when they have a strong motivation to acquire a particular skill or to increase a particular knowledge.
bulletThe desire to learn must be created by emphasizing the importance of the job to be done.

2. Need: Leaders learn only what they feel a need to learn.

bulletMaterials presented in a training course should provide an immediate aid to unit operation.
bulletTry to use this idea: "This is what you do.  This is how you do it.  This is why you do it."

3. Leaders Learn by Doing.

bulletProvide immediate and repeated opportunities to practice or use what is taught.
bulletOn-The-Job training with a skilled trainer is excellent.

4. Situations presented in training courses must be realistic.

bulletUse actual unit situations as the basis for discussions.

5. Previous experience affects a leader's ability to learn.

bulletIf new knowledge doesn't fit in with what leaders already know or think they know, they may tend to reject it.
bulletTraining material should convince leaders of the best methods.

6. Leaders learn best in a relaxed, informal, comfortable environment.

bulletProvide opportunities for fun and fellowship.
bulletEncourage discussion and questions. Try to avoid arguments.
bulletAvoid arguments that relate to the policies of the Boy Scouts of America.

7. Use a variety of training methods and techniques.

bulletChange the pace often.

8. Leaders want guidance and help, not grades.







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