As a trainer do you want to be able to communicate at a deeper level with the team you are coaching?
My guest this week is Kate Crawshaw, owner and founder of Serious Woo.
Kate’s company helps leaders and teams to develop new skills and learn new techniques through training programs using corporate actors.
In this week’s episode you’ll learn:
- Why approaching facilitation practically gives better results
- The value of applied improvisation
- What you can get out of celebrating failure
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There is a real gap in the experiential component of training that’s been missed often.Kate Crawshaw – How to give expert facilitation training using corporate actors.
Why actors work in corporate training.
“I would say you always need actors, to be able to really get people to have the skills and confidence about embodying the learning that they have.
A big frustration for me is people can be so energised in a workshop, they can really resonate with the information that’s being shared. But life gets in the way. We might have to do something that we’re not very confident about and we haven’t tried it before.
So it’s easy to put it on the back burner and say, ‘Yes, I must try that next week’ and it never happens.
One thing that the series is really committed to is working with organisations to understand that people get the opportunity to practice those skills in a really safe place and get the feedback, and so they’re more likely to actually practice them in their organisational settings.
So I think that so much learning and so much training is wasted because people don’t create that space.“
Allow people to understand that no one’s an expert, then we’ll all feel a lot safer and feel a lot more confident to try things.Kate Crawshaw – How to give expert facilitation training using corporate actors.
Upgrade your facilitation training
“I think there’s an immense amount of benefit, especially in applied improvisation, I think is really great for teams, it’s a really safe way of being able to knock out issues.
One of the programs that we offer is a team building, team-building workshop that runs for 30 minutes that focuses on key aspects around communication and psychological safety, but it’s delivered through applied improvisation exercises.
And it’s just a safe space, to be able to play, make mistakes, and understand the world isn’t going to die if something goes wrong. And it also provides teams with a language that they can use later, maybe in a brainstorming session, or piloting a new program.
If it doesn’t work, they can reference the failure games.”
Take-aways you do not want to miss
- Ways you can bring more and get more from your training sessions
- How you can integrate acting into your training
- What new learnings you can bring to your audience
- Why a bad experience of role-play shouldn’t put you off
- The importance of a good corporate roleplay actor
- How to look for talent in your training team
- Why improv is your key to confidence
- What new opportunities this type of facilitation training can offer you
Some resources for you
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