Greg here with Turpin Communication. Learning leaders often bring us in to work with their trainers. Our task is to help them improve their facilitation skills and, ultimately, build their credibility in the classroom. One of the things we see over and over again is the use of unnecessary or irrelevant activities in the classroom. Ultimately, this erodes credibility and builds resentment from the learners’ perspective, and ultimately, it harms the learning function. And this is especially true if you’re asking your participants to step out of their comfort zone. So I’m not recommending cutting all activities, but I am suggesting that you put them in check. If there’s a more efficient or more effective way to teach the topic, you should probably do it.
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Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now EVP of Learning and Business Development. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches and holds a Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) coaching certification. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of “The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined,” “The Virtual Orderly Conversation,” and Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning,” all written with Turpin’s founder, Dale Ludwig.