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Facilitation Quick Tips: Four Corners
September 28, 2015

Facilitation Quick Tips: Four Corners

By Stephanie Guinosso, MPH | September 28, 2015
Program Manager, ETR

Here’s an activity I like to use to energize the room early in a learning event. It’s useful for getting to know your participants and for allowing them to get to know one another. It can also be used as a brain “warm-up.” It primes participants to discuss questions about the material that will be covered.

By Stephanie Guinosso, MPH
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Tags: Training design, Professional development
Facilitation Quick Tips: Hot Potato
July 30, 2015

Facilitation Quick Tips: Hot Potato

By Rebecca Shemesh | July 30, 2015
ETR Consultant Trainer

This activity can be easily adapted for use as an opener, energizer or closer. It gets participants up and moving, interacting with each other and rocking to your own special playlist. It’s a great way to build excitement at the beginning of a training day, help participants reinforce learning in the middle, or consolidate learning and intentions at the end. Highly adaptable and lots of fun.

By Rebecca Shemesh
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Tags: Training design, Professional development
Facilitation Quick Tips: Talkin' Toe-2-Toe
May 18, 2015

Facilitation Quick Tips: Talkin' Toe-2-Toe

By Joan Singson | May 18, 2015
Program Manager, ETR

Picture yourself standing in front of a room going through the talking points of your training design. You pan the room and notice a few heads bobbing. The bodies they’re attached to twitch as they fight training fatigue. You see glazed-over stares of participants whose minds are somewhere between the training room and a warm bed.

It’s time for an energizer!

By Joan Singson
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Tags: Training design, Facilitation
Facilitation Quick Tips: Drop Us a Line!
April 16, 2015

Facilitation Quick Tips: Drop Us a Line!

By Annika Shore, MPH | April 16, 2015
Professional Development Consultant, ETR

This upbeat activity has some of the best elements for any training—movement, music and conversation. It engages brains, energizes participants and helps them personalize the learning.

By Annika Shore, MPH
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Tags: Training design, Professional development, Facilitation
Facilitation Quick Tips: Comic Power!
March 19, 2015

Facilitation Quick Tips: Comic Power!

By Kathy Plomer, MPH | March 19, 2015
DASH Professional Learning Collaborative, ETR

This is a great activity to kick off a session. It gets people talking, laughing and sharing experiences related to the training topic. It’s fast and fun.
 

By Kathy Plomer, MPH
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Tags: Professional development, Training design

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