Faciliting Online Workshops

Andrew Scott, Coach and Facilitator, U.K.
Reposted with Permission

I was not a fan of the idea of running the kinds of workshops that I normally facilitate online. However, I have been pleasantly surprised by how effective they can be – and somewhat moved by how valuable some have found them to be in these extraordinary times.

So I thought I would record a few of the things that I have learned, that seem to make them run rather more effectively than I had imagined; and also a few things I have learned by attending online events that have worked rather less well… I also have an unresolved question, which I’ll get to later.

The first thing is to recognise that this is a different type of engagement and plan accordingly – don’t simply do online what you would have done face-to-face.

One of the limitations is people’s attention span in listening to one person. I can hold an audience for a good while when face to face; but don’t attempt to do so online (I have sat through some poor presentations that involved hours of lecturing – which would probably have worked well live, as the presenters are experts and have interesting material, but really doesn’t work online.) (more…)

Recap from the Presenter

Scott Stiefvater

I had of pleasure of leading a mini-workshop for ATD Golden Gate on November 14, 2019. The title was “Speaking in Line with the Brain’s Design.” For those of you who were unable to attend, here is a recap of the main ideas:

There is not a neuron in the brain for public speaking. There is not a neuron in the brain for presenting or giving speeches. There ARE neurons in the brain for one-to-one conversations. In fact, there is a precise brain coordination system for talking to another human being, but almost no one is taught how that system is designed to work.

Instead, those of us that want to speak with more power get caught up in the public speaking paradigm. We are taught to talk to a room – an aggregate of the human beings in the audience. We talk to everybody and nobody at the same time. Our heads swivel like a lawn sprinkler, spraying our gaze around as if to tell the audience, “I haven’t forgotten you are there.” (more…)

The Business Case for Leadership Development – Even More

Debbie McCarthy
Getabstract Compressed Knowledge

Last night’s program, The Business Case for Leadership Development, was cram-packed with information and leaning. In addition to the materials the presenter, Holly Burkett, handed out, she referenced a book, “Black Box Thinking: Why most people never learn from their mistakes; some do”. I thought I’d share this summary which is quite a unique guide to achieving success through fearless failure. You can download the getabstracts summery here.

Finding Out What We Want

Kris Schaeffer, CPLP

What does the Bay Really Want in TD Programs?

Great program and great panel. I was thrilled to hear about what people want in TD programs. They had some very down-to-earth observations. The group was so stimulating that I riffed on their ideas . . .

Activities rock!

Participants enjoy active learning. Read more about “experiential learning.” This link ties together learning styles and instructional steps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiential_learning . The entry is a little wonky, but a great overview. It includes Kolb’s 4 learning styles which fit into instructional design. My own thought is that MBTI is better for training delivery.

Now that you understand why hands-on learning is so important – and so popular with you — here are some resources for experiential learning activities: (more…)

Everybody Knows – Not

Customer Enablement Consultant,
Beamery Inc

At the end of August, I attended a chapter sponsored event called Storytelling for Success, led by speaker, coach and leadership trainer Brigitte Iarusso. Brigitte’s company is called Embrace Change, which I found particularly aligned to my reason for being at the event. I recently transitioned to a learning and development role in the spring, making the leap from customer success management to customer enablement and training. While it is becoming more clear that L&D is somewhere I can find my passion, I am definitely still in uncharted territory. My instinct when I feel unsure is to seek out knowledge and the people who can provide it. So Brigitte’s ATD event seemed like the perfect opportunity to open my world up a bit more.

I had attended one other ATD Golden Gate event earlier in the year and the thing that stood out to me most is how incredibly junior I am in this profession. I knew that going in, of course, but I hadn’t realized just how long many of the other members had been dedicated to learning and development. This isn’t just a job for most of you, it’s a calling. It is something you have dedicated decades of your lives to and something you live and breathe every day. So many members seemed to know exactly why they are here, what they want and how they are going to get there. And to be completely honest, that isn’t something I’ve experienced yet, at any point in my career.  (more…)

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