Involve Em

Use whatever technique or activity you can think of to get participants interacting quickly. For example, as soon as you have introduced yourself, you can get participants involved by asking them to write down the most important thing they know about the session topic (e.g., in a session on being a successful bank cashier, a comment might be that accuracy on the job is absolutely crucial). Then, as they introduce themselves, have them share their point with others and ask for comments from the group.

PUTTING YOUR BRAIN TO WORK: ACTIVITY

In what other ways can you immediately involve participants in training?

Involve 'em

Make 'em smile

Shock 'em

Powerful Beginnings

Communicate with 'em

Powerful Beginnings

Communicate with 'em

Relate 'em

Challenge 'em

Amaze

Stepping through the paper

Relate 'em

Challenge 'em

Amaze

Stepping through the paper

Piercing the balloon

MINDMAP 3. Powerful Beginnings

What do you believe the advantages of such a tactic to be? Why?

What are the disadvantages? Why?

Pique Their Interest

Walk into your session with one of the "arrow through the head" props that are available through many party, novelty, or costume stores. Somehow, incorporate its use into your opening remarks by saying something such as, "Good morning. I apologize if I seem sluggish this morning. For some reason, I woke up with a terrible headache today!"

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. —Helen Keller

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