Facilitator Journal | Issue #0435, March 16, 2010
How excited would you be about sitting down to dinner when every night
you sat down to the same dish of luke warm green peas? Doesn't sound
all that appealing does it. Sadly, many teachers, trainers, and meeting
leaders, particularly in virtual environments, rely on this approach
day in and day out. They serve up green peas and expect us to be excited
about them. Obviously, I'm using green peas as a metaphor here. For
me, they represent the same, worn out way of presenting
things. In this week's article, Delivery Diversity, we briefly
review 10 modes of delivery that are all suited to not only live environments,
but to the virtual arena as well.
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multiple modes of delivery in your training and meeting events.
Group Dynamics Skill
How excited would you be about sitting down to dinner when every night you
sat down to the same dish of luke warm green peas? Doesn't sound all that
appealing does it. If you were the chef, would you expect people to be very interested in even showing up for your meals, much less being enthusiastic about them?
Sadly, many teachers, trainers, and meeting leaders, particularly in virtual
environments, rely on this approach day in and day out. They serve up green
peas and expect us to be excited about them. What do I mean by green peas
you ask? Obviously, I'm using green peas as a metaphor here. For me, they
represent the same, worn out way of doing of presenting things.
For example, most teleclass and virtual meeting leaders, in my experience,
rely almost exclusively on the lecture mode to relate information and learning.
This is the easiest way for the presenter to deliver information. It takes
little, if any facilitation skill, and it's the way we were all "taught"
in the twelve or more years of schooling we all endured.
As more of us shift to virtual modes of training, presenting, and leading,
the lecture mode is even easier to fall into. In fact, in an auditory only
environment, it's tempting for us to believe that there are few alternatives
for us to rely upon.
use these other modes? There are several reasons. First, non-lecture modes
are a whole lot more fun for both you and your participants; they tend to
actively involve people more than lecturing; they can help participants
remember and integrate what is being delivered; and they help you appeal
to diverse learning styles in the group.
In my journey to use the virtual environment to deliver training and modeling
of group facilitation skills, I've discovered and experimented with at least
9 other modes of delivery besides lecture that I summarize in the next section.
Even though we are typically confined to the auditory and/or visual channel
in virtual groups, there are still at least 10 different delivery modes
available to us that we can draw on to enrich the experience for everyone.
Here is a brief description of each of these modes.
one-way information delivery.
- Use to
orient and stimulate.
to or draw a graphic, picture, or mind map.
- Draw a
write on a subject or experience.
- Get up
and move or pose in a way that represents
visualization or meditation.
- Tell a
story to illustrate or reinforce a point.
- Tell a
story to inspire or orient around a perspective.
- Have participant
share their stories around the topic.
- Have participants
make up a story around an issue or desired outcome.
you and participant to illustrate an activity.
you and participant to demonstrate a skill.
participants to practice a skill.
an exercise to clarify experience.
- To share
individual experience on a topic.
- To pole
interest or experience in something, i.e., "How many of you
is not something we can make happen, but we can be sensitive to when
its trying to occur and allow it to unfold between participants
for new insights and discoveries.
participants identify and release assumptions deepens dialogue.
7. M e
t a p h o r
- What does
this image say to you with regard to
- If this
picture could speak, what would it say?
- What image
comes to mind when
- If the
image could speak, what would it say?
- To brainstorm
- To develop
- To fine
- To expand
- To maintain
- To facilitate
communication among participants to deepen, expand, and build knowledge
- To enhance
relationships and connection among participants.
interview with expert, customer, or other stakeholder.
- Live or
recorded panel of experts.
are addressed in more detail in our workbook and teleclass offered
below. We look forward to hearing additional approaches you've found useful
in delivering teleclasses and virtual meetings.
You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
~Clay P. Bedford~
Add Your Comments
these modes would be a stretch for you to apply in your groups? Which
one are you willing to experiment with this week? What ideas have I left
off the list? I’m interested in hearing your ideas around these delivery
modes. Please click on the Add Your Comments link above and share your thoughts, stories, and experiences. I'd love to hear from you!
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