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.
These are the four steps I take:
The sections which follow describe these steps in detail, together with many useful leadership insights and examples.
Appropriately primed and pumped up, this final stage is the holy grail of programming – the ticking of boxes, the getting of stuff done, the reaching for stars.
Now is the best time to deliver your content, develop those skills and extract the highest quality water from your group’s well – it’s the reason your group has gathered and is the reason your program exists.
Learning to swim, networking with strangers, constructing a complex sentence, solving interesting problems, delivering a keynote presentation, developing team skills, and so on.
From a classroom filled with students to a corporate training room, or a conference auditorium filled with unfamiliar faces to a weekly youth group meeting. The more effort and time you invest in the development of your group (pumping like crazy), especially early on, the more powerful and rewarding your program (or event or gathering) will be.
You start with articulating the difference you want to make, and you end up with making a difference. In the middle, your strongest allies are the five key programming tools.
So, what difference do you want to make?
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