Tip #137: Don’t Make Assumptions About Your Effectiveness

On August 31, 2006, Posted by , In trainers, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #137: Don’t Make Assumptions About Your Effectiveness

I am a highly interactive facilitator. This means that if the folks in my training session don’t actively participate, my goose is generally cooked. And, by active participation, I mean being verbally rather than telepathically responsive.

A number of years ago, I was asked to conduct a workshop on different personality types for a conference of certified public accountants. There were probably 150 folks in the workshop. Now, this was a great topic, wonderfully interesting and engaging, and lots of fun for the participants and for me! I began by asking them to think about someone with whom they have terrible difficulty communicating. I cautioned them that hopefully this person was not a boss, a spouse or a significant other. … Read the rest