This blog is written by Jo Lally, a leadership coach and facilitator, following a rather ‘interesting’ training day where she was a delegate.
I was asked recently to attend a public sector training session for something I'm involved with. As an experienced facilitator who spends time on CPD and ensuring best in class delivery for my delegates I naturally have an eye on this when I'm a delegate, hoping to pick up new tips and ideas to improve my offering.
Sadly, this wasn’t possible on this event as my experience was pretty awful. The gift in the time investment I made was a reminder of what not to do and to remind myself of the impact bad delivery can have on people. I thought I'd share, not because its new news but it helps to remind us that this still goes on!
How not to engage and inspire a group!
I, and many others, left this event feeling absolutely drained. I learnt some stuff but I could have learnt it all sat in the comfort of my own home in an hour vs 6 hours sat at a table. It’s really sad that this happens and I guess it’s why, even now, we can have delegates who arrive dreading a day in a workshop imagining their bad experiences from the past.
This gives us all a fantastic opportunity as facilitators to change the story. To create learning environments that are interactive, inclusive, adult to adult and ensuring the value add comes from us and the experiences in the room.
So, as I take my tongue firmly out of my cheek with the above 'rules', let’s remember the importance of:
Even when there is content to be transferred this is all achievable with a bit of preparation and thoughtful design.
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