These are topics to be covered during training that applies to all content trainings.

Course Directors
Most of the Director’s job is administrative. (May wish to review duties of a Director in PDG.) During the presentation of the course, every presenter should feel the Director is their back up. If you have some problem with the section you are presenting, transition to the Director. Aside from physical illness hopefully the reasons for the need to do this become increasingly less as you become more experienced with the course.

Supplies
Emphasize they must make their own copies of the student workbook and the roster form. Point out supply list in each course guide

Set-Up
Get there early. If you are not using your own technology, get there extra early so that you can be sure everything works(not a bad idea even if you are). Have a back up plan if it doesn’t. Some people carry a set of transparencies as overheads are usually easy to find in most campus settings. Another alternative, since the slides can be seen in the guide, you could just write the important lists on the board as you need them. Consider using a co-presenter as a writer.
Arrange the desks in a horseshoe. It creates more interaction. Hang the sheets of paper for the park, if that’s what you’re using at this point.

Minimum/Maximum
No exceptions, must have 12 people in the room.
This can be hard to enforce especially if you have traveled a distance to be there. Every course works better with more people. There won’t be much interaction with less than 12. The easiest way is to avoid this problem and do lots of advanced promotion. Send reminders to you contact at the conference or chapter make sure they are talking it up. If it is appropriate, contact the section chair and ask for help with the promotion.
It’s OK to go a little over 30. Remember you don’t want to go to far over as some activites will take too long. If you have the presenters and supplies consider splitting into two groups for Leadership Park.

Guide
You should present all the content in the guide. You do not have to say every word in the guide verbatim. Put it in your own words. The important thing is that all presenters send all participants home with the same message.

Schedule
It is absolutely crucial that every course ends on time. We do not want APO LEADS to become aversive because it keeps them from doing other things. You have the best chance of ending on time if you start on time. Don’t be a victim of APO time. Start rounding people up well before the start time. Get others to help you. Use the log so you can keep track of your time throughout the rather than rushing the last sections to finish on time.

Point of No Admittance
It’s up to each presenter how far into the course they are willing to admit latecomers or even if they are willing to admit anyone after the start. However, once the Leadership vs. Management section has started that should definitely be it. No one should be allowed in after that point as they will be missing course content.

Roster
Should start roster around room before starting. Look over roster at break to ensure everyone has filled in all the appropriate information. Hand it back to them if they haven’t. Don’t worry about membership numbers. Those can be found at the NO once the roster is sent it. It’s less work for them if the students know them and can fill them in themselves.

Bold Font
If it’s in bold, it’s important. Be sure it’s mentioned and drive those points home.

Bibliography
It’s there for a reason. It’s not just a reference list. We actually expect you to read some of these things.

How to use the script
Remember the left column is not to be read. It is instructions for you or simply background information for you in order to make your presentation or the right column more coherent or enable you to address questions.

Ending Training
Start the group completing training evaluations and commitment forms. Training evaluations are separate forms that the Director needs to print. Commitment forms are at the back of the PDG. It’s usually a good idea to distribute a hard copy of the PDG at the start of the session and get the trainees to refer to it during some of the preliminary information. The Director may want to print separate commitment forms particularly if multiple Content trainings are being done.
Once the group has been instructed to complete these forms, the trainers should break out to review the performance of the trainees and complete the evaluation forms. Each trainer should present a fully completed, including ratings and a clear statement about promotion, feedback form to each trainee.
Although trainers from all the groups may want to compare notes briefly, individual feedback sessions should be done with just the trainers who worked with that trainee. When all the forms are completed the first trainee is invited in. The feedback is summarized verbally and the trainee is allowed to read the feedback form. The feedback should end with a the trainee being clear on areas of strengths and improvement needed as well as their presenter level, whether content training was passed. The session should end with the trainee being encourage to give feedback to the trainers.

Evaluations should be collected anonymously. Copies of commitment and feedback forms should be given if possible otherwise they should be mailed to the trainee as soon as possible after the session.

The roster, feedback forms and training evaluations should be sent to the National Office.

Administration of Training Courses