There is one wholly significant element that will help you create an outrageously fun, interactive experience – the sequence, or the progression of steps that you follow to set your group up for success. It’s what I call the Difference Model.
Looking back, I wish this sequence, this series of steps, was shared with me when I first started out.
For the most part, despite or in spite of my green, dewy-eyed approach, I kind of just figured it out mostly by emulating my heroes and heroines in the field. And this was not a bad thing, because I noticed that when I followed a particular sequence, the program worked and my groups left feeling engaged, inspired and successful.
Of course, when I did not follow this framework, the wheels would inevitably fall off somewhere along the way.
Over the years, I have referred to these steps a thousand times in my training workshops, and with each re-telling, refined them just a little to reflect more truthfully how I do what I do.
What Is The Difference Model?
These are the four steps I take:
- Plan or Needs Analysis – articulating the difference I am going to make.
- Prime or Setting The Tone – creating a fun, safe and supportive environment to invite interaction.
- Pump or Doing The Work – developing the level of engagement and skills to promote growth.
- Peak or The Difference – leveraging my group’s potential to do work that matters.
The sections which follow describe these steps in detail, together with many useful leadership insights and examples.