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Episode 28 – How To Introduce Group Activities

This week’s Facilitator Tips episode shares a series of simple steps that will help you successfully brief or introduce an experience to fully prepare your group.

The focus here is on ‘effective.’ Anyone can introduce an activity or experience, the key is to accomplish this task as efficiently and comprehensively as possible, where in my case, I am confident that there will be no questions because everyone knows what’s going on.

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Video Transcript

Hi there and welcome to Episode 28 of the Facilitator Tips video series. My name is Mark Collard. I’m an experiential trainer and author, and today I want to focus on this topic, how to effectively introduce or brief your experiences or activities.

Now I’ve been in the field now for about 28 years and I know that every group is different. We all understand that in theory, yet ordinarily many of us tend to use the same techniques all the time when we introduce our stuff to a group. I also know that within that time I’ve developed a particular pattern where I have a certain amount of pride now so that when I’ve introduced the stuff I don’t get any questions. That is I’ve got so good at introducing the briefing of the activity that I’m actually saving a lot of time because I’ve now covered the particulars that the actual group needs to hear. Now that’s come through practice but there’s also a couple of strategies that have helped me make that very effective.

The first part is to chunk it down. Basically, tell them what they need to know when they need to know it. So if there is a lot of detail given the basics, maybe even practise that then add a little bit more. Don’t give them all the variations upfront. That can overwhelm people, particularly those people who don’t have long concentration spans.

Also, integrate different learning styles. If you’re only ever relying on being able to talk to a group so that they verbally receive that instruction, you may on average get about a quarter of your group. But if you can perhaps write it down, if you can kinaesthetically demonstrate it, all of those things help you capture more of your group’s attention so that they understand what’s going on.

And then finally graduate it. That’s building it up. There are many experiences that have the basic building blocks that need to be learned before you add something to it. It’s a bit like learning to crawl before you walk before you can run. And so even though you’re aiming to get your group to run, start with the crawling. Get them at that level and it builds their success as well.

That’s Episode 28. There are so many episodes in this series and for each of them they all have show notes and further links and information, so I encourage you to check out those links. Go to playmeo.com/facilitatortips/episode28 and you’ll get more information there throughout all of our resources.

So that’s it for now. I hope this has been of value to you.

If it certainly has been useful to you, share it with your colleagues and friends and I would really appreciate that, or indeed even leave a comment.

Okay, until next time I’ll see you later. Bye-bye.