So you need a team builder?

So you need a team builder?

So you need a team builder?

In this episode of the DREAM. THINK. DO. podcast, I’ll be sharing three of my favorite facilitator strategies!

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Have you ever found yourself preparing to speak to a group of people and you really wanted to find some ways for them to engage with you and each other? I’m talking about getting people to actually open up, share their thoughts, and really participate?

It’s not always easy… but when you have the right strategies… it can make all the difference!

In today’s “deep dive,” I respond to a DREAM. THINK. DO-er’s question and share three of my favorite facilitator strategies!

I call ‘em “input maximizers”—and I’ve had great results with them!

And that’s exactly why I want to share them with you!

So whether you’re an occasional meeting facilitator, a leader looking for new ways to get your team talking, or a speaker who wants to make your ideas really stick with people, this episode is for you!

In this episode, you will:

  •  Get tips to prevent dead air with a technique I call “the prepper”
  •  Learn the “teach-back” technique and get people applying ideas to their own life
  •  See when the “two-head” strategy can work really well for generating ideas or solutions
  •  Hear tips for getting the quiet ones more involved
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  • Tom Henricksen
    Posted at 11:11h, 31 May Reply

    Great tips Mitch! I have a few programs I can use these in. Keep up the good work and I hope to see you soon.

  • Greg Mangold
    Posted at 12:15h, 22 June Reply

    Mitch, as a facilitator and trainer of facilitators I have used these “Ninja Level” tips.
    1. The Prepper – adults HATE surprises. This gives them advance warning and as you state gives them an example. They are then more open to share.
    2. Two Head Strategy – Or I call it “Pair-Up”. I have even told the pair that when we come back together that your partner will share with the group the Fantastically Great Idea that you had!. I have also used this at the end of a workshop. “Pair Up and on a Post-It Note write down what your partner plans to do once they leave this room to use what they learned today. State what they plan to do, by when and get a good picture of what success will look like. Then next week send me an email and let me know how they are doing. I would like a progress report.” It provides accountability to help take the workshop out of the room and actually develops a plan to help put it into practice. I believe as facilitators we sometimes do not encourage or help participants develop plans that move the learnings beyond the door of the classroom.

    GREAT podcast and I am sharing this with a co-facilitator that trains other facilitators. Thanks!!

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