Use Group Energy

Immediately involve your audience. You can do this by conducting a quick energizer activity (see Chapter 7). You can also engage participants in a quick question-and-answer activity by raising expectations with questions such as "How many of you would like to walk out of here with at least five ideas on how to maximize your own effectiveness?"

A couple of quick standard activities that you can use that involve a bit of humor and some physical movement follow.

The first is to have everyone stand and face you and extend their arms straight out in front of them with palms facing each other. On the count of three, have everyone in unison rapidly bring their hands together and clap five or six times. Once done, casually say, "Thank you. Please be seated. I just wanted to be able to tell everyone back home that I got a standing ovation today." This type of activity gets the blood flowing, raises anticipation and expectations, adds humor, and helps break the ice a bit.

A second movement activity, which ties into the brain-based learning that you read about in Chapter 1, is tied to cross-lateral movement, or movement in which one side of the brain is controlling activity on the opposite side of the body. Cross-lateral activity stimulates different parts of the brain. To accomplish this, have everyone stand and raise their hands as high above their head as possible. Have them shake their hands vigorously for a few seconds, then tell them to lower the left hand but keep the right one up and shake it. After a few seconds, reverse and have the left hand lowered and right one raised, then shaken. Next, have participants reach across behind their necks with the left hand and pat their right shoulder several times (you can add humorous commentary throughout the activity such as "You have all done a good job so far so give yourself a pat on the back"). After a few seconds, have them reverse and pat the left shoulder with the right hand. Have them then reach across the front of their bodies and pat the left hip with the right hand, then the right hip with the left hand. Continue such movements touching different parts of the body with opposite hands for a few minutes to get

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MINDMAP 2. Beginning on a High Note participants moving and to activate their minds. The latter occurs because learners have to consciously think about which body part to use and how to accomplish the activity given in the instructions. Cross lateral activities can also be used throughout a session when you need a quick energizer after periods of sitting.

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