interactive "train the trainer" experience
in facilitating interactive learning
improv techniques to revitalize your "inner"
leader and put you in the master's class of group facilitators,
trainers, and leaders
March 15th-18th, 2006, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily.
I attended Sue Walden's 4-Day Train the Trainer and wanted to
tell you about my experience. This
wonderful, insightful seminar helped me become even more aware of
my impact. Using videotape and group feedback, I was able to see
where I accomplished my desired impact and when I'd get in my own
way. It was fun, delightful and very beneficial. This class helped
me be more aware of when I show up in my strength.
lots of materials from her extensive experience in improv work and
I walked away feeling it was well worth my time. Sue is a Pro and
a bright light in the industry. Feel free to call or email me if
you want more information or encouragement to attend.
--Marti Bolton, (503) 694-6165, firstname.lastname@example.org--
you encounter any of these problems when working with groups?
1. Do you take your work with groups way too seriously? So
seriously that sometimes you get uptight and afraid about what might
happen. In this class, you'll learn and practice tools that will
help you relax and have a lot more fun with your groups.
2. Are you afraid of encountering the unexpected? Learn simple
strategies that will help you to be more open and flexible to the
specific and dynamic needs of your groups.
Are you bothered when participants try to take the group off on
a tangent? Be
able to connect whatever people share to the group purpose or theme.
4. Do you have a tough time being "present" with your
groups, trying to juggle all that needs to be done? Learn and
practice strategies that will let you take a breath and get comfortable
being "in the moment" with your groups..
5. Do you ever fear that you'll "lose your place" in
your workshop? In this class, you'll learn exactly what to do
in that circumstance.
6. Is "speaker's block" a problem? You'll learn
a tool so that you never have speaker's block again.
7. Do you sometimes question your creative abilities? Discover
reservoirs of creativity within you that you didn't know existed.
8. Do you often feel like you're doing this group leadership
thing all alone? Come collaborate and learn from a community
of your peers, all passionate about empowering groups.
If you answered
"yes" to any of these questions, then read on. You'll
find help overcoming these issues and more in this dynamic 4-day
Improvisational Facilitator Workshop...
The inner attitudes of facilitators, trainers, and leaders is the
key to their success with groups. However, very few trainings address
the development of those inner qualities that can make a good leader
great. In this workshop, you'll learn, practice, and receive video
powerful, practical improv techniques you'll put to work with your
group of fellow students. Through this experience, you'll not only
learn to apply improv skills to solve the problems listed above,
but you'll get real clear about how you affect others positively
and negatively as a group leader.
This dynamic workshop, led by master trainer,
Sue Walden, is for anyone who facilitates, manages, teaches, mediates,
coaches, counsels, directs any group. This highly interactive workshop
provides an experiential approach using very novel exercises
to help you build the skills to create an environment for participation;
one that encourages openness and risk-taking for you and groups.
March 15th-18th, 2006, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily.
Facilitator Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the course...
core skills for working with groups of any size.
Do you tend to fall into lecture mode
for fear of losing control?
Facilitating experiential learning is a lot different that lecture-format
learning. There is less control because there are more surprises;
and this only increases with greater numbers of people involved.
In this workshop, we'll practice the skills of presence, openness,
and flexibility and how to use them to consistently embrace the
big picture (the learning) while flowing with what happens in
dynamics that set the stage for interactive learning.
can be tough to get strangers to trust one another enough to take
the risks required to learn new behaviors. Come
to know the environmental dynamics that set the stage for interactive
learning. Learn to manage and adjust the many factors that contribute
or detract from an environment that encourages experimentation
and non-verbal communications skills.
Our unconscious behaviors get in our way without our consent!
we're thinking and/or feeling "leaks" out in our non-verbal
behaviors, our tone of voice, and our choice of words. The more
aware we are of our unconscious behaviors, both the ones that
work for us and those that don't, the more "at choice"
we become in the message that's received.
and receiving objective, constructive and encouraging feedback.
Do you have a hard time giving
and receiving objective, constructive and encouraging feedback?
feedback only increases inhibition. We use the "Positive
Feedback Model" to guide our feedback sessions. We focus
on "what works" so that we can continue to grow in that
direction. You'll learn and practice this model throughout the
workshop so that it becomes second nature.
of facilitating group exercises. Wouldn't
you love to know how you really "show up" in your groups?
get daily practice in leading activities that are video-taped
and debriefed for an objective view of your unconscious competencies.
The truth is, we all are coming across much better than we are
thinking. Wouldn't you like to see that and know it in your gut?
number of energizers, exercises and resources.
would you like to feel comfortable facilitating, and even designing,
your own experiential exercises? You'll receive extensive
resources and practice in conducting and "tweaking"
energizers and interactive exercises throughout this workshop.
Treat: Your attendance includes a ticket to
see "Sue & Friends," Sue's one-woman [sorta] improv
show on Sunday, March 19th.
Train the Trainer workshop gave me an invaluable opportunity to
try out leading some exercises, get immediate feedback from Sue
and the other participants on my impact, and see myself improving
everyday (on video!) That was well worth the price of admission!
Plumb, (415) 492-8692 email@example.com--
The full cost of training/access is $850 and this is the last time
Sue will not be offering the training at this price again as
she plans to raise the fee to $1,200 on future offerings of this
Contact Sue Walden at 415-863-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss your goals, your objectives and to register. To hold
your spot, send a $100.00 non-refundable deposit by check or money
order made out to ImprovWorks, 1801 Franklin St. Suite 404, San
Francisco, CA 94109. Limited space. Early
Registration Discount: Price is only $808 if you register
by March 4th.
I took the Train the Trainer program with Sue Walden and my
skills in leading grew exponentially, as well as increasing the
number of icebreakers and other exercises available to me. The class
got my creative juices going and I even created some of my own exercises.
-- Chris Pepper-Wong, (702) 562-0886 email@example.com--
Sue Walden. Sue Walden is the Founder and Director of ImprovWorks,
a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building Life Skills
through Improvisation. Her experience includes a BA in Education
and 26 years of teaching, performing and adapting and widely applying
the techniques of improvisation. She approaches improv training
as a powerful and joyful way to peel away constraints, restraints
and inhibitions, allowing the naturally expressive, collaborative
and creative self to emerge.
Sue is a skilled
teacher in ImprovWorks' public workshop program, a dynamic corporate
facilitator, an engaging speaker, an author (Working with Groups
to Enhance Relationships, Whole Person Assoc.), the delightful "Playmeister"
of both the public and corporate Recess! programs, the director
and a regular performer with San Francisco's longest-running improvisational
theater company, "Flash Family". She has been a member
of the Specialty Staff for the year-long Co-Active Leadership Program
since its inception eight years ago.
passion is training trainers and consulting on how to design powerful
experiential workshops. Sue promises that, in any of her programs,
while the learning may be challenging, it will also be fun!
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