5 Virtual Training Tools that are Great for Introverts
In this blog, we’ll go through the top 5 virtual training tools that training platforms offer introverts.
So, where to begin? Well, for those of us who are introverts, this COVID-19 has been both blessing and curse.
On the one hand, our physical social interactions have plummeted; we have been asked to stay in our homes (which for the most part we love doing) and sitting quietly watching TV as opposed to going out to eat with friends.
However, this new introverted lifestyle we have been had to adopt has a caveat. From a work perspective, we are more connected than ever.
The constant evolution of video conferences, Microsoft Teams channels and hyper connectivity means we are more ‘online’ than ever.
Personally, I find that online experiences don’t drain my social battery as much as physical ones, but they still take a toll. Especially as the majority of my existence now takes place online.
This extends to introverts in virtual training too.
Happily for introverts everywhere, there are more ways to communicate during virtual training sessions than just speaking.
1. Annotation Tools
Ah yes, annotation tools. Do you remember those lessons where the teacher would give out the coveted chalk or whiteboards and markers? Well, this is the virtual equivalent.
Offering participants the opportunity to use the training tools to jot down ideas, collaborate and be creative with one another, without the pressure of needing to verbally engage with colleagues and fellow participants.
Most virtual training platforms offer annotation tools in some capacity, which the most popular being Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Here is a highly collaborative example from one of our Teams meetings.
We’ve talked about it many times before, but polling can be a great training tool. It allows trainers to get snapshot answers out of their participants in a quick and easy manner.
During virtual training workshops, it is key to check in with participants, particularly with introverted attendees, who might not be as willing to vocalise their understanding or lack thereof.
So, a poll is a quick and simple way for everyone in the virtual workshop to weigh in with their thoughts and understanding thus far.
3. Breakout Groups
Sometimes when faced with a large group of people during virtual training, it can be even harder to introverts to speak up and make themselves heard. Especially if there are some particularly vocal extroverts in the workshop, the quieter introverts might not feel as engaged in the content.
However, most virtual training platforms now offer the ability to separate larger groups into smaller, more intimate breakout groups.
We recently got very excited that Microsoft Teams brought the Breakout Group function in. Watch the video here.
Embed video: Breakout Rooms in MS Teams! THEY'RE FINALLY HERE!
By making the number of voices to contend with less, introverts often find breakout groups easier to deal with and to engage with, thus allowing them to get involved in discussions. It is one of the most used virtual training tools, and we recommend that you make the most of them too.
4. Chat Box
Perhaps one of the best things to come out of virtual training platform training tools is the chat box.
We are all very used to instant messenger by now. Indeed, for many an introvert that is our preferred way of communicating, as opposed to by phone or face to face.
So, having the option of communicating with the wider group via chat box can be incredibly freeing for many of us. It allows us to add in insight and valuable inputs into the virtual training workshop, without needing to interrupt, or fight to have our voices heard.
The chat box brings a platform to those who may struggle to put forward their thoughts and opinions during a busy session, allowing all participants an equal chance to share.
We all know about Facebook’s ability to “Like” something, right? The simple click of the thumbs up button that can signify anything from agreement, to a sign that the post has been seen and read, and even to mark attendance to a family gathering or event. (Admittedly, not that last one so much recently.)
So, it comes as no surprise that many virtual training platforms have adopted a similar approach.
By including ‘emotes’ in their list of training tools, participants are given a way of communicating with other participants and the trainer without using words.
For example, on Microsoft Teams, there is a whole host of emotes that can be used, including a check, cross, hot beverage and go faster stripes.
This is great for introverts who don’t want to interrupt the whole session in order to steal a bathroom break for example. By simply clicking on the emote, they let their participants and trainer know what is going on.
Likewise, instead of using the polls, trainers can use the training tools to check understanding; “Click the check if you are ready to continue.”
Where you are an introvert or whether you know some, these training tools can make virtual training infinitely better for a variety of reasons. For trainers they are a steadfast way or increasing engagement and learning transfer for participants, and in turn, give the participants a better experience.
Want to learn how to use your platforms more effectively? Why not enquire about our Train the Trainer Program? We can help you become confident and competent across all areas of virtual training.