Tip #80: Handling a topic that scares some of the participants

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The Challenge: The topic to be covered generates fear among some of the participants

Possible Approaches: Although it seems rather dramatic to say that a topic might scare or frighten participants, there are topics that tend to create anxiety for people. For example, childbirth, CPR, computer skills, test taking, statistics, giving stand up presentations, communicating assertively, or giving performance feedback, etc. You can feel free to add other topics that you have first hand experience dealing with participant terrors.

Recognize past transfer that might have a chilling effect on the participants. Try to disconnect the past negative transfer and use positive transfer experiences that are similar. For example, if teaching computer skills, ask if anyone has ever used a typewriter … Read the rest