Those Who Made A Difference – A Coaching and Mentoring Energizer Activity
Adult learning theory and brain-based learning research both suggest that by getting your trainees actively engaged in the learning process, you can increase enthusiasm for the material and potentially improve the chances that what was covered will be retained and used later. Further, by integrating energizer activities into your program design, you also help learners assume responsibility and ownership for learning outcomes since they were part of content development.
Those Who Made A Difference – A Coaching and Mentoring Energizer Activity by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author
The following activity can be used in supervisory, management, or volunteer training sessions where you want learners to reflect on the power of coaching, mentoring or helping others.
Purpose: To help prompt thinking about characteristics that make people successful in a given environment or situation.
Objectives: By reflecting on past personal experiences and identifying characteristics of people they have known, participants will be able to:
- Pinpoint specific traits for successful people that they can emulate.
- Recognize what they value as successful.
- Tell participants they have five minutes to take out a sheet of paper and write the name of someone they think was successful in a given environment or situation (i.e., managing others, giving feedback, listening, organizing their time, dealing with change).
- Next, have them take another five minutes to list 2-3 traits or characteristic behavior that these people exhibited that made them successful.
- After five minutes, go around the room and have each person share the traits they wrote and why they think these are important. List the traits on a flip chart page.
- Once all participants have shared their traits, look for commonalities and discuss as a group.
- Suggest that they may want to think about how they too can use these traits for their own improvement.
- Flip chart pad with easel.
- Assorted colored markers.
- Paper and pencils for participants.
Time Required: Approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on group size.