Creating a dynamic environment and a Sense of Community

Creating a dynamic environment
If you have ever had to deliver a dry or boring subject in your training, you’ll know how hard it can be to create a dynamic, interesting and motivating environment.  

Trainers and presenters need to have colourful, interesting, fun and energetic activities and resources on hand to help create a dynamic environment.  This involves thinking outside the cube (as I refer to it in my ‘Become a (bigger) Roc2Star’ workshops) and getting the participants active, energised and keeping their levels of interest high.

That means having plenty of ‘war stories’ on hand and knowing how to keep things light.  That’s what ‘Best in Field’ is.  A ‘war story’ is a story you can tell that relates to the content you are teaching.

Creating a sense of community
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to create a sense of community almost instantly within a group.  The principles required to do so include the following:

- Building rapport
- Encouraging networking among the group
- Inclusivity

Building rapport
One of the quickest ways you can build rapport with your learners is to remember their names and small details about them.  This is critical in building a sense of community as participants will feel valued, included and a sense of belonging within the group.

There are various hints and tips to remembering names, and I have been quite lucky in that I can do it well.  I used to joke about it being ‘my party trick’.  I now challenge myself to remember every name by the first break.  In ‘Become a (bigger) Roc2Star’ workshops I share some of the methods I have come up with over the years to help remember names instantly.

Encourage networking among the group
This is easy and usually done during the icebreakers and introductions.  You simply ask the learners to talk about themselves in such a  structured way that they find commonalities straight away.  During the breaks and afternoon energisers I also encourage learners to find out more about each other.  Trainers want to encourage learners to work together and find things in common so that they continue to network long after the workshops or courses finish.  The way you as a Trainer treats the group during your workshop or course will also contribute to how well the group gels.

Inclusivity
All learners should be treated the same way, regardless of their age, race, religion, gender, marital status, abilities or disabilities or any other factors.

Trainers and Presenters may often encounter learners with special needs and varying characteristics and these need to be taken into consideration at all times especially when it comes to protecting self-esteem.