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The keys to successfully facilitate a professional training
The programme is complete, all of the teaching content is ready, the participants are about to arrive…
On the training site, it is the moment when the facilitator must be immediately operational. They go and check the location out along with the team manager who receives their seminar.
Where is the plenary hall? Where are the conference rooms? They are reassured about the good functioning of the audio-visual devices as well as the spaces they will be able to use in a more informal way.
Now that they know that the training is going to go as planned, they will be able to focus on a crucial element: be available, dedicate themselves to the participants, feel the team spirit as it builds up.
In a way, feel its “pulse” in order to optimise the relationship with one another, which will be essential to the seminar’s success.
The environment: a key factor for the training
A friendly, warm and inspiring location – far from impersonal hotels and unsuitable meeting rooms – is key to your training’s success. A privileged and exclusively dedicated environment brings together all of the ingredients that enable participants to leave with a greater team spirit, while facilitating mutual learning of the training content.
Outside of work, moments of sharing and exchange, snacks, informal breaks, lunch and dinner breaks create a bond between the participants, as well as between the facilitator and the participants.
Relaxation is also a key factor: being in a quiet place, taking walks with colleagues, exercising to relieve stress, enjoying the spa to recharge their batteries.
This way, the training topic blends in an atmosphere that is ideal to learn, exchange, confront opinions, create and define new strategies.
Getting out of the rigid framework of unimaginative trainings
What if participation was the key word? Participation as interaction and social learning is one of the innovative trends in training. Again, the location plays an important part in facilitating mutual learning. By interacting with the environment – creative rooms, game rooms, informal lounges – participants develop constructive relationships with the rest of the team even before starting the meeting in the plenary hall.
Participation as a fun experience. Gaming is another trend going on in current trainings. This more attractive way of learning, which incorporates gaming as an educational tool, becomes even more effective.
Finally – safe bets are always popular – participation as a team incentive. There is nothing like a team building activity designed with imagination to challenge, motivate, reinforce and stimulate the participants’ team spirit while making them more efficient and bonded.
The important point here is that “learning by doing” enables the participants to be more involved and to remember the training content.
4 key steps to make sure you reach your training goals
This question is often asked by facilitators: how can I find suitable locations to facilitate or even strengthen my interventions in order to achieve my training objectives? The answer is:
by fining locations that are adapted to the four key steps of the learning process: storming, brainstorming, norming and performing.
The instructor carries out important missions as facilitator and guide by intervening on all of these steps. They have to find spaces which reduce stress (storming), facilitate exchanges (brainstorming), strengthen cohesion (norming) and allow effective meetings (performing). An atmosphere that combines conviviality for exchanges, simplicity for enriching confrontations, flexibility for varied staging, and nature for cohesion exercises.