It is in the treatment and methodology where the actual crux of our ‘Train the Trainer’ (TTT) workshop lies.
- Learning styles – participants to explore learning styles and identify their own – Over the years one has probably developed learning ‘habits’ that helps one to benefit more from some experiences than from others. Identifying one’s learning preferences so that one is in a better position to select learning experiences that suit his/her style and having a greater understanding of those that suit the style of others.
- Time to shift gears – use case studies to practice re-engaging a stalled audience through dialogue, feedback, etc…learn how to deliver dry material in an interesting way – This is the whole essence of the workshop – There’s always a dynamic balance between creating enough structure and release during facilitation. If we as facilitators need to control the process, we also have to do whatever we can to get comfortable with letting go, shifting gears, and modifying the agenda in real time. The TTT will encourage the trainer-participants to do this enough and it becomes comfortable and easy…and alive! In fact, we want to take our trainer-participants to a point where it takes more energy to try to stick to the exact agenda than to follow the interactive aliveness of what is trying to emerge in the room
Novelty contains unpredictability within it, and to facilitate means adapting to that unpredictability in real time. May as well have fun with it!
Making our workshop interactive, participatory, and fun is the key in engaging our participants and creating an effective learning environment. The core of our TTT workshop is to show how fun, play, and ‘lightening up’ have a serious role to play in igniting the thinking process and accelerate learning in the training sessions. It frees the brain to think more creativity and collaboratively.
- Adding fun – ‘fun’ in training – not for only the participants but also for the trainers themselves. We believe that impactful facilitation skills require accessing and being comfortable with having fun as facilitators and, knowing how to bring it in purposefully, and in a way it can be accepted (and not shut people down)
It’s different for every group and every culture. Once we access our own ‘deep fun’ self, we have more choice on what methods to use and how. ‘Adding fun without being funny’ is our underlying philosophy.
- Story telling is one of the most powerful tools of facilitation. We will make the trainers comfortable with employing classical stories and mythological tales (like Panchtantra) and applying their learning in finding current business solutions to add tremendous zing and memorability to their training sessions
Crossword puzzles, games, picture and jumbles etc. can be employed as recapping techniques which further reiterate the learning driven during the session. It is difficult to design a whole new game to do so; however existing games like quizzes, snakes and ladders, dumb charades, monopoly etc. can easily be improvised and used to serve the purpose.