What Kind of Safety Trainer Are You?

A group of different safety trainers

What separates an average trainer from an exceptional trainer? While you may not fully understand the difference in training styles, you might be surprised to learn that trainers often have certain traits that define what type of trainer they are. These traits can actually help when choosing how the content will be delivered. People learn in different ways and if you aren’t focusing on your strengths (derived from your traits) as a trainer you will not get the results you desire.


Businessman communicating with a megaphone

The communicator is an active listener. Instead of interrupting people to get their point across, they’ve mastered the skill of really listening to what others are saying. They are able to interact with people through eye contact and body language.

Communicators often seek opportunities for collaboration. When the training session requires the trainees to give presentations, the communicator acts as a coach to get them through the delivery and improve their communication. Communicators are motivators and inspire trainees to be self-directed learners. Communicators are flexible, open-minded, positive thinkers and they are often good with conflict resolution. For these reasons, a communicator is naturally a people person.


Two businessmen using technology

The techie doesn’t always work in the IT department as the name suggests but they are passionate about using technology and typically have a stronger than average understanding of it. The techie will often be up-to-date with the latest technology and will try to find ways to incorporate them into the classroom whenever possible.

Techies have a compulsion to check emails, social media, text messages, etc. at any given opportunity. But that won’t interfere with their training—they are enthusiastic trainers. Techies are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers that are always seeking innovative ways to solve problems a.k.a. learning opportunities. They can speak both techie and non-techie and they’re always willing to teach those surrounding them for ease of use in the future and the benefit of the team. Technology is constantly changing which means techies are also adaptable to define new approaches to training, keeping trainees engaged.


Nurturing businessman

The nurturer enjoys helping others and often takes trainees under their wing. There is a personal element to their training sessions that often incorporates a trainee’s well-being. Trainees feel like the nurturer really cares about them and the nurturer is a trusted source of knowledge.

The nurturer is a people pleaser, dislikes conflict and has a hard time saying no. They always have a lot on the go and they often overcommit themselves to various activities for the sake of helping others. The nurturer has great self-awareness and social skills and often becomes friends with their trainees after the training session in order to foster their learning.  


Businessman using his brain on a stack of books

The scholar believes that every point made in the training session can be substantiated with a stat, fact, article, etc. A great deal of research goes into a scholar’s training sessions and they are results oriented. They will often put some sort of assessment into their training session to ensure their trainees understand their intended message.

Scholars are logical and critical thinkers that enjoy problem-solving. Scholars can also be a little autocratic in that they provide the information for the lesson but do not expect trainees to contribute ideas. Scholars are useful for training that is very factual or for trainees that require a lot of supervision. Their training sessions don’t get off-track very often. They stick to the lesson plan and most importantly deliver the facts.


Not all trainers will fit solely into one category, most trainers have traits from several categories which can make them well-rounded trainers. Knowing how to capitalize on your traits will help focus on engagement and retention when determining your training delivery style. Choosing the most appropriate style will enhance the learning experience for your participants and the delivery will be better if the trainer capitalizes on what comes naturally to them (what comes easy for a techie may not be so easy for a nurturer).