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Burnout can sneak up on you—especially when you’re working from your own kitchen table or home office. That’s why virtual trainers need to be especially vigilant.
But when you’re experiencing the unique challenges that training in a remote or online setting create, practicing consistent self-care can be tricky. These tips can help you avoid burnout and become a better (and happier) trainer as a result.
When you’re leading a virtual training session—especially one that is live and online—it’s really nice to see everyone’s faces. Humans tend to get a lot of information from facial cues. Seeing faces makes it easier to notice when participants are actively engaged or when trainers are genuinely enthusiastic.
But it can take a lot of energy for trainers to continuously make themselves available on camera. The trick is to use strategies to limit your webcam time without sacrificing the connectivity that can make live, online sessions feel interactive. Consider:
Short snippets of video are a great way to change things up in a virtual training session. Participants can have a little bit of self-directed time while watching the video (and recharge their social batteries). And trainers can use the time a video is playing to get ready for the next activity.
Here are a few ways to use videos in your next session:
Training is collaborative at heart. It really takes a team effort to get everything to come together. That’s especially true of virtual training. But sometimes, assembling that team in an online setting can feel a little harder, especially if everyone is working from home.
Avoiding burnout can be as simple as remembering that you don’t have to do everything yourself.
In some cases, the trick to avoiding burnout might be deceptively simple: take breaks. In terms of virtual training, this can mean two different things. First, make sure to schedule breaks during your training session. Take some time to stand up, stretch out, and enjoy your cup of coffee!
By the same token, it’s usually productive to take breaks away from virtual training. If possible, shake things up by hopping into a face-to-face session every once in a while. Or, hop into a different session or topic to stretch your training muscles into new territory.
At the very least, make sure you’re taking a few days to recovery your energy when you can.
Avoiding burnout is absolutely essential to ensuring your training goes right and everyone gets what they can out of it. The better trained you are as a trainer, the more sustainably you’ll be able to avoid burnout.
You can learn more about becoming a virtual trainer in our Interactive Virtual Trainer Workshop. Or you can discover how to save yourself some time and energy in the How to Quickly Convert Classroom Teaching to Live Online Crash Course.