The topic of the meeting was ‘Facilitation Tips and Tricks’. Jim and Daniel turned the meeting into everyone sharing their own best ideas with the group. It was a great way to show us all lots of new tips and tricks we can use in our own classes, seminars, webinars and training programs.
Here is a list of some of the Killer Ideas the group shared with us:
(These ideas are intended to ‘poke’ you to see how they can apply to your own training/facilitation activities.)
- Get out from behind the lectern. Mingle with the students & attendees during the session.
- Start with a highly active and engaging group activity that breaks down barriers and creates more involvement.
- Make your programs highly active.
- Engage the introverts by asking them to write their ideas down and share on a sticky note on a wall.
- Switch up the seating arrangements so the attendees engage with others.
- Request or encourage one-on-one follow thru between the attendees to enable more discussion after the session.
- Start with Startling Facts that create more urgency and importance for the training.
- Have the attendees pick an animal noise and then find another person making the same animal noise.
- Plan up front as much as you can. Develop feedback during the session rather than just at the end.
- Use PopCulture information and music during the session to make it more enjoyable.
- Use Culture Shock to stir up the group.
- Shock the attendees with a worse case scenario perspective activity. (example – have them build a paper drawing beautiful neighborhood in a group setting, then FLOOD IT by dumping it in a bucket)
- Use Popcorn or candy during the session.
- Remind everyone in the room that ‘Everyone brings value, a perspective and new ideas to the group, therefore we encourage Everyone to participate.’ (Wow, this class was an example of this)
- Distribute simple desk phones and let attendees ring their phone when they hear or see an Ah Ha idea.
- Discover everyone’s learning style thru an activity before starting the program.
- Draw a tree and share it in a group setting as a group engaging session.
- Try to touch all senses during the session. Use discussions to virtually touch smell & taste if needed
- Eliminate all negativity in the discussions and thoughts.
- Use game boards and questions to have the attendees learn during playing the game.
What best Killer ideas to you have that have made your training/facilitation programs Rock?
If you are a trainer in any industry and are not a member of ATD Piedmont, you should visit our chapter meeting and join us. Reach out to Jim, Daniel, Teddy, Jen, Chris, Raina or visit our website to learn more.