- December 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm #1673
What principles of adult learning are important to new facilitators? The Take Charge of Your Life workshop is designed for interactive learning. What else do CTRTC facilitators of the workshop need to know and be able to do to be great facilitators of the learning of participants?
- January 9, 2015 at 3:09 am #1794Kim OlverKeymaster
A good understanding of Choice Theory is important so they can answer questions from participants. Of course, I realize they will learn along the way. The best training for me, a kinesthetic learner, came from providing training. I also think they need to be good at forming relationships with trainees and also providing a well-rounded learning experience.
- January 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm #1836
Yes Kim you are right about needing to have a good understanding of Choice Theory. Using good references including “Chart Talk” by Carleen Glasser as well as re reading of Dr Glasser’s books is important for me. You don’t know what questions will come up and as you relax into the role of facilitator, you will find in this relaxed state the answers will come to you. It is hard to be in this relaxed state at first.
Having a mentor who you can reflect with is also a good strategy.
Building relationships is a key. What are some of the ways we can do this?
- January 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm #1848
In mentoring CTRTC people who wish to be facilitators of Take Charge of Your Life, the following have been issues discussed.
1.The physical environment is important. A room with tiles or other hard floor coverings can be very noisy, particularly if the facilitator has any hearing loss. Rooms with carpet on the floor is easier.
2. Room set up is important. Room to set up discussion groups, for the facilitator to move around as groups work, having a clear space for some activities is important. Using a floor chart is a choice and if the chairs are arranged in a U shape around the chart this enables everyone to see.
3. If using a data projector and PowerPoint or the like, use a wireless presenter to free you from needing to change the slides at the computer. If you are hard of hearing this can help you get closer to the person asking a question or responding to a question.
- August 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm #3606Nancy HerrickParticipant
Connecting with your mentor on a regular basis over the period of time that you are preparing to facilitate the workshop is very important. If a mentee picks up the material, looks it over once, and then does not connect with his mentor, the process of thinking through the material, how you will teach it, how to structure the activities, when and how much to demonstrate, how much time will you need to allow for each activity, knowing the activities that you intend to use, etc. will halt, get lost in life happenings, and your enthusiasm may wain. Connecting regularly over a several weeks or months period, will keep the process and procedures on your mind. You will also find that you will be much more inclined to set up a date for the workshop and advertise it. Procrastination is not an effective behavior for someone facing the learning curve. Persistence is a much more effect behavior and will get you to your goal feeling more confident and prepared. Join the mentoring process, you’ll be glad you did. Facilitating this workshop will become a highlight in your life each time you provide it. Your participants will surprise you at how much TCOYL changes their lives in only six hours. Dr. Glasser’s concepts and theory are dynamite!
- September 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm #3607
Having a listening ear, being able to share the highs and low, asking for advice, sharing new ideas are just some of the benefits of having a mentor. Being a mentor brings many highlights as well. It is a joyful experience to see someone take off and develop the potential of Take Charge. New opportunities for CTRTC trained people can rejuvenate a whole district or area. It opens doors for people. Getting the right support is important.
At best, someone who is Faculty or a CTRTC approved Facilitator who has completed several Take Charge workshops can really help develop new facilitators to do this workshop. Find your mentor on the WGI website an have a go. The rewards are worth it.
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