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#8 Six tips to engage shy & reluctant learners

 

Client Enquiry:

Im running a Train the Trainer programme this week. What tips can I pass on to my delegates about dealing with shy or disengaged learners?

 

RSVP Design Response

Shy delegates are one thing, disengaged delegates may suggest there is a problem with the content or delivery of the training. So first step is to reflect on why there are disengaged delegates and what you might to differently to ensure they see the relevance of the training, the benefits to them and the value of re-engaging.

However, from a practical point of view, there are a number of things that work well to engage shy or reluctant learners.

 

The use of metaphor is a great way to get shy people to talk - they become more comfortable describing a picture and it gives them a stimulus to begin the discussion.

 

From RSVP Design's image series choose something like

Images of Resilience to help focus a small group (2 to 4 people) on a sensitive topic (like what Resilience means to individuals and how their approaches to challenging situations can be developed!)

expresspack - these small sized image cards work well with pairs or small groups, and can be used to help open up conversations that develop from choosing a picture that makes a personal connection

Dialoogle (magnum) - use these larger sized images when working in bigger groups so that more people can see the image chosen (choose the shy people early so that they still have things to say, but not first, so they can follow a confident person!)

 

 Tip #8

Shy delegates are one thing, disengaged delegates may suggest there is a problem with the content or delivery of the training. So first step is to reflect on why there are disengaged delegates and what you might to differently to ensure they see the relevance of the training, the benefits to them and the value of re-engaging.

However, from a practical point of view, there are a number of things that work well to engage shy or reluctant learners.

 

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