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How can you create a bond between learners to promote joint learning?

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How can you create a bond between learners to promote joint learning?

 

Creating a bond between your participants is a key element to ensure the success of your professional training. It will promote the learning of new skills and knowledge.

 

You are wondering why? It is necessary that you understand that the way you are going to teach your participants will generate their motivation, will to participate, to commit and to learn.

How can you boost the relational dimension of your professional training?

There are two aspects to take into account in order to create a relational logic that will bring the success of the learning of your teams.

First, the setting: you have to find a training room that promotes pedagogy. This detail is often neglected, and yet… Finding a suitable location means giving your participants the possibility to put themselves in good conditions to learn. Look for a place adapted to professional training, team cohesion and introspection. On site, you will have to find high technology equipment that is also playful, cooperative, inspiring, relaxing or that allows participants to clear their mind.

Secondly, it is essential to plan the course of your professional training days. You need to be able to schedule informal moments to create a bond. There are three easy and efficient ways to do so.

We will introduce you to these three key moments you should implement in your training:

1 – CREATE A BOND WITH ICEBREAKERS AND WARM-UPS

 

The start of a training is always a bit cold. Most of the times, participants don’t really know each other. The significant advantage of an onsite training is that it makes it possible to interact with others. You can choose to break the ice between the participants with icebreakers or to arouse minds with warm-ups.

Implement icebreaker exercises at the beginning of your sessions

Icebreakers, as the name suggests, aim to initiate interactions between learners. At the beginning of a professional training session, they can put everyone in good conditions. You can find many examples on the Internet (the one-word icebreaker, desert island picks, candy questions…). Exchanges and interactions are needed to make a training efficient.

Learners have to be comfortable talking to each other and in front of others without being afraid to express their thoughts. Especially because in bigger teams, there are always people who feel comfortable with public speaking, and others who are very shy. Icebreakers will reassure every participant, allowing them to speak at least once before the start of the session.

Incorporate warm-ups in your sessions

Just like icebreakers, warm-ups aim to liven a group up and to facilitate exchanges during the work session. So you can implement breaks in your serious work sessions in order to allow participants to relax and to bond with each other in an informal way.

This phase is essential to enable participants to revitalise themselves in just a few minutes. After that, they are totally focused on the training content again.

2 – STRENGHTEN THE TIES WITH TEAM COHESION AND TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

 

Working groups, exchanges, restitutions, sports events, creative games, enigma & reflection games, cohesion games… What could be better than team projects & games to strengthen the ties that have already been created?

Don’t forget about group projects

Group projects are one of the best ways to strengthen the ties between learners. They reinforce team spirit and group cohesion.

Keep in mind that group projects belong to professional trainings to think, debate, exchange in groups on a specific topic.

They are also useful to exchange ideas, knowledge or skills achieved through the training. Participants imagine and conceptualise together formats that will allow them to explain what they understood and especially what they learned.

Plan team building workshops

During trainings, team building activities tend to be forgotten. Although you may think that they are rather associated with seminars or incentive activities, they are essential to create the bond you need to ensure the success of your professional training!

Whether it is sport activities or creative activities, don’t forget to dedicate time for them in your planning.

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3 – MAINTAIN THE BONDS WITH BREAKS AND INFORMAL MOMENTS

Breaks

Don’t hesitate to punctuate your training sessions with informal breaks. These moments of exchanges are a good opportunity to maintain the bonds created previously.

You will need an environment that encourages exchanges, conversations and conviviality: a relaxation area in a lounge where they can share a fun moment. It will be a good time to let learners chat with each other and with the facilitator.

Relaxation and informal exchanges between learners in the evening

Evenings are a very important moment that are usually overlooked when a professional training session is organised. The negative point you should avoid is letting participants lock themselves in their rooms to watch television, read or rest.

You should take advantage of these times to create a bond. The best moments to promote team cohesion are an aperitif, an activity or a dinner.