Put Activities in Check
In this video, produced by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Greg Owen-Boger, Turpin's VP, discusses eliminating unnecessary activities.
Greg here with Turpin Communication. Learning leaders often bring us in to work with their trainers. Our task is to help them improve their facilitation skills and, ultimately, build their credibility in the classroom. One of the things we see over and over again is the use of unnecessary or irrelevant activities in the classroom. Ultimately, this erodes credibility and builds resentment from the learners' perspective and, ultimately, it harms the learning function. And this is especially true if you're asking your participants to step out of their comfort zone. So I'm not recommending cutting all activities, but I am suggesting that you put them in check. If there's a more efficient or more effective way to teach the topic, you should probably do it.
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Written by Greg Owen-Boger
Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, launched in 2017 and is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.