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Facilitating without your materials

Objective – Explore training delivery within challenging environments

  • Remember essential components
  • Participants should always be working harder than the facilitator
  • Activities should be no more than 20 minutes total
    • 10 minutes activity
    • 10 minutes debriefing
  • Don’t do icebreakers, do introductory exercises
    • Meaning…all exercises should be congruent with overall theme
  • We remember experiences more than content
  • The whole brain –
  • Use interpretive cards for many things…. interpret the page; the thought; you…etc
  • Keep focus on audience; it’s not about you
  • Rely on the group; the group will come up with something
  • Facilitating on the fly toolbox – always carry with you
    • Painters tape
    • Dots
    • Interpretive cards
    • Candy
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Ribbon
    • Dice


  • Take objectives and write 10 word sentences
  • Take 10 words and make flip chart picture
    • Optional
      • Each person to create individual picture, make a table collage; report out on 3 essential ideas
      • Create a best practices knowledge café
      • Optional
      • Take 10 word sentences, highlight 12 words
      • Draw a clock, add the words to the clock; have people combine two words together
        • Example: rapidly creative
          • To be rapidly creative, you need
            • A toolbox of essentials
            • Practice and experience
            • To tie to the objectives


  • Motivation              – prior knowledge
  • Information           – doesn’t need to be a lecture
  • Practice                   – apply here
  • Application            – apply to tasks back home


  • Prepare me
  • Tell me
  • Show me
  • Let me
  • Help me


  • Use for words, sentences, etc
  • Good for positive attitude training
  • Good for SOP, PWP, goals and objectives writing
  • Example
    • TOOL
      • Tactile
      • Overt or Obvious
      • Operational
      • Learning
      • Senses


  • Modify Tactile to Teachable
  • Delete Senses
  • Add Observation


Result  TOOOL

  • Teachable
  • Obvious
  • Observation
  • Operational
  • Learning


  • Instead of facilitator summarizing (such as after lunch); have each table talk about one thing; what was done, what was the outcome
  • Debrief needs to be thorough to emphasize what was learned and expressed though activity


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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