One of the quickest ways I have found to gain acceptance with a group is to disclose information about myself. This does not mean bragging about accomplishments; you can list those on a biographical description included in handout materials. What I am referring to is personal information (e.g., about background or family) that makes you appear human and lets learners see you as a typical person like them. I also share a story about myself, such as personal experiences of situations in which I was successful or unsuccessful using techniques similar to those in the session I am facilitating. Often, self-disclosure encourages reciprocation from learners. I often provide a vehicle for such reciprocation by having learners participate in a trust-building icebreaker activity.
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