Trainer Spotlight: Orville Lindo

Hometown

New York, New York

Describe how your career as a trainer started.

I think that we are always a trainer in some form. I say that, because, throughout life, we are showing someone or a group of people how to do something. I would find myself in a position of training people on the job. Think about it. There is a new employee, and you are asked to show them how to do something. It helps to know your job, which leads to training. You realize that you are able to:

  1. Communicate and deliver with clarity, information.
  2. Add value to a training or facilitation environment,
  3. Last, but not least, be energetic, enthusiastic and innovative in this endeavor.
It is incumbant upon trainers to make it as exciting as possible. To bring to life, static words and pictures on a screen. As trainers we have to find ways to get through to your audience and when you do, what a feeling, a job well done.Orville Lindo

What has been your favorite moment as a trainer?

The favorite moments as a trainer are always the “aha” moments. Let’s face it, training materials are usually very dry. The fact that people hear, “training” and having to learn something new, makes their eyes glaze over. It is incumbant upon trainers to make it as exciting as possible. To bring to life, static words and pictures on a screen. As trainers we have to find ways to get through to your audience and when you do, what a feeling, a job well done.

Please give some tips to a person about to train a class for the first time.

Before you face a class for the first time, preparation, practice, preparation, practice. Did I say preparation and practice? When you are about to face the class, smile and smile some more, let your confidence show that you are excited to be there, you are also a salesperson, there will be resistance, but, do the aforementioned, preparation, practice, and confidence and you will win them over.

What topics do you love to teach?

I don’t have a preference. The love of training, teaching or facilitating will make the subject matter secondary.

What do you do to go the extra mile as a trainer?

Adding value, as a trainer, going the extra mile is worth it. It will help your audience, if you bring something extra to the table (make sure you have a big table). Be creative, remember, the slides are an outline, bring them to life and add color with your own experiences.

Do you have any funny stories to share from a training session?

SaveWhere do I start? Okay, stop me if you have heard this one. I was teaching an inventory process in a large warehouse. The computer system required you to “save” before you could physically destroy goods that had spoiled. The system would forget everything if you exited the screen without clicking on that “save” button.

Long, long story short, I had to go dumpster diving.

What celebrity do you think would be the best trainer? Why?

Jim Cramer of CNBC’s “Mad Money”, He “trains” you how to make money. He makes it fun and exciting to learn about investing.

Do you have a “Fun Fact” about yourself?

I can moonwalk.

Anything else that you’d like to share?

I didn’t start out my career as a trainer. I wanted to be a race car driver, reality set in, and I settled for business. I have been in the financial industry for 20 years, in various capacities, most notably, as a securities trader. There are times when your chosen career path doesn’t choose you and a career chooses you. The fact that we are always teaching, training or facilitating prepares us, unknowingly, for different things. As humans we naturally want to share, but, some of us want to share to point of giving.