upon request

Train the Trainer

From financial accounting to mindfulness in the workplace – any kind of training can be made interesting. Get your teaching skills and methods up to speed for your next training.

Train the Trainer upon request

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At a glance

  • 6 days, 3 modules in Berlin-Kreuzberg, right on the banks of the Spree river
  • Small training group with up to 12 participants
  • Interim phases offer a chance to apply your new knowledge
  • 2 trainers with international experience
  • The training particularly focuses on agile contexts and organisations

People who want to pass on their knowledge in courses, trainings, seminars or workshops and who want to offer participants a stimulating learning environment.


  • Expand your own basic methods by coming up with new ideas on how to plan and structure your trainings
  • Become more confident by employing useful psychological and didactic concepts and acquiring a better understanding of group dynamics.
  • Hone your role as a trainer by reflecting on your own responsibilities and profile.
  • Expand your network and learn from other participants by receiving open, honest feedback in a non-threatening setting.
3 intensive modules, 2 days each

The programme consists of three modules, each lasting two days. During the modules, the trainers provide just the right push with a whole range of practical exercises and tasks. You also get a chance to directly apply your new knowledge and skills to your own projects and courses – from the very first day of the programme.

Interim transfer phases

Between each module, you will then have time to apply and test out what you have learned. During both interim phases, you will receive a practical assignment to help you gain experience and monitor your own progress. Then you will have a chance to reflect on this in the subsequent module. We also provide additional in-depth learning material and recommended exploratory readings.

Personal coaching

Your Train the Trainer programme should be intense and focused while also addressing your unique learning needs. This is why each participant also has the opportunity during the programme to meet with us for one 60-minute personal coaching session (by phone or in person) and address specific questions.


Module 1: Effective planning of courses and trainings
  • Lessons in learning psychology and didactics: Find out and understand exactly how people learn and what it means for training and teaching. After all, you need to understand the learning process in order to plan your trainings in the best possible way.
  • The trainer’s role and responsibilities: How can I be most effective in my role? We take a systematic approach to refining how we present ourselves as trainers and clarifying our role – right from the very first module.
  • Form follows function: Learn how to plan training modules and entire courses so that they are productive and stimulating. In the process, we employ didactic principles and incorporate your own experiences.
  • Developing your own course modules: Even in the first module, we start working on your own course and training modules. You can then test them during the interim phases and gradually polish them over time. Get the very most out of our Train the Trainer programme.
  • Tools of the trade #1: Techniques and methods for getting to know people, course introductions and planning your first stimulating training modules. Get a first impression of our methods, which are discussed in this blog post. In it, trainer Rupert Prossinagg describes the concept of ‘strolling’ through a course’s key ideas (Thesenspaziergang in German) before delving into the actual training material.
Module 2: Condensing, visualising and presenting learning material
  • Too much of a good thing? Learn and practice breaking down complex phenomena into bite-sized learning modules. As an expert in your field, you always have more knowledge than can practically be taught.
  • Explaining yourself clearly and concisely: What’s the best way to verbalise my thoughts? This key didactical question never fails to keep us busy in our work as trainers. We examine the success factors needed to ensure successful knowledge transfer and then practice condensing the content in a way that is appealing and easy to understand.
  • Visualisation techniques: Now close your eyes. Can you remember what you just saw in our little diagram of the three modules? Visualisation is a key element of good trainings – and it’s easy when you know just a few tricks.
  • Breaking down your own topic: In our second module, you will have a hands-on opportunity to break down your topic into its basic parts and prepare a useful learning roadmap in the process.
  • Tools of the trade #2: Techniques and methods for ensuring knowledge retention, simple visualisation techniques for complex phenomena as well as planning short alternating sequences of testing, feedback, testing…
Module 3: Guiding and supporting groups during the learning process
  • Group dynamics and group facilitation: Find out how your role as a trainer changes over time when working with groups. Learn why we should sometimes perform some “demolition” work first before a group is really ready to work together. The training group provides you a laboratory where you can experience group dynamics first-hand.
  • Communication as a key skill: Use carefully selected questions to stimulate discussion with and among participants. Also learn to recognise the effect of “didactic idle time”. Do you have an idea what this concept might refer to?
  • Stoking your group’s inner fire: Learn how to properly deal with (unexpected) emotions in groups and challenging participants as well as how to diffuse conflicts. Practice asserting yourself with a specific goal and keep your groups on task.
  • A workshop setting for others like you: People in training groups may have skills you were unaware of and that should be put to good use. The same is true for our Train the Trainer programme. We introduce methods for facilitating open and honest discussions and helping manage tricky situations in your daily work as a trainer.
  • Tools of the trade #3: Techniques and methods for team-based work with different learning formats, for phases of individual reflection and application in your everyday work.

This training is conducted as an open course in German language only. If you want to participate, please register here.


Trainers Steffi Leupold and Rupert Prossinagg have years of experience working as trainers in a whole range contexts and organisations.

Both share a passion for unlocking a group’s creative potential and making learning and growing together a fun experience.

In our interview series, Steffi Leupold and Rupert Prossinagg discuss why – 30 years after denkmodell’s founding – they decided to create the Train the Trainer programme, why they are so excited about it and what role trainings play internally at denkmodell. The answer to the question ‘If you could offer one training, what would it be?” provides some interesting insights into the work done by denkmodell (only available in German):

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