3 Ways for Effectively Facilitating an Adult Learning Event

3 Ways for Effectively Facilitating an Adult Learning Event

The following are three ways for effectively facilitating an adult learning event to ensure that your sessions are productive and result in transfer of training from the classroom to the work environment. 3 Ways for Effectively Facilitating an Adult Learning Event by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger – we hope you enjoy this article!

Assume Responsibility.

Having a responsible attitude related to ensuring a successful learning outcome is important in getting learners to participate openly in training. One way that you can demonstrate that you are responsible is by using assertive language that shows, while you are in charge you will be democratic and plan to work with learners to gain a positive outcome. For example, “I will guide you through this process” or “Throughout the session, I will be your resource for…” as opposed to, “I will attempt to show you ways to…” or “I will try to answer any questions that you have on….”

Display a Helpful Attitude.

In your opening remarks, and throughout your session, emphasize that you are a resource for learners. During small group activities, move about the room and interact with learners, offering guidance, asking reflective questions and redirecting them when needed.

To further demonstrate your willingness to help, pass out a business card or put your contact information at the bottom of your handouts and on slides. Point the information out to learners during your introduction. Just make sure that they do not perceive your efforts as a marketing ploy. To overcome this possible perception, emphasize that you would like them to view you as a future resource if they have session related questions or need a sounding board for issues that arise.

Use Thought-Provoking Questions.

Create a series of questions that will help generate discussion and actively engage learners throughout your learning event. Use open-ended questions that typically start with “Who,” “What,” “When,” “How,” “Why,” and “To what extent.” This will provide opportunities for you to provide ideas and information and share useful tips and strategies that learners can apply in the future.

3 Ways for Effectively Facilitating an Adult Learning Event

by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

For additional ideas on how to more effectively engaging adult learners and gain buy-in for the information you are sharing, check out Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners.

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