NCWorks Career Centers in Guilford County, provides the unemployed, under-employed, and displaced homemakers with a variety of no-cost resources including workshops, career development, career fairs, hiring events, and more! Motivational workshops are available to encourage individuals seeking employment to remove barriers to employment!
Sometimes when facilitating workshops, after the icebreaker was over, I’ve heard crickets! I started my presentation. It appeared that every one was engaged because they were quiet. Then, I did the unthinkable – I asked the class a question! Suddenly, I found out the number one rule when faced with a quiet classroom. DON’T ASK THEM ANY QUESTIONS! Any experienced meeting facilitator or public speaker knows that! But you are bold, so you ask – with excitement in your voice, “how is everyone doing today?” You hear a slight, “fine,” mingled with some other murmuring. Knowing that is your responsibility to excite the crowd, you say something like, “that wasn’t good enough! Are we alive this morning? How is everyone doing!!!” Now, you hear a thunder of responses, but afterwards, crickets! Your whole presentation could potentially go downhill after that if you don’t have some good stuff planned. No facilitator likes a class room that is so quiet that you can hear the crickets outside. Below are my tips for “reviving” your classroom.
- Be sure to provide name tags for everyone so that you can call participants by name.
- Have an awesome get up and move icebreaker
- Know your audience – start off talking about a trending event that is interesting
- Incorporate the participants’ personalities into your presentation. If you see “rebellion (people who are determined not to participate),” don’t push buttons! Allow the participant’s body language to guide you. When ready, he or she will participate voluntarily.
- Be knowledgeable about a specific topic (do your research) to provide uncommon insight`1
- Create a skit (see below)
- If a participant seems quiet and reserved, wait until others are engaged before you engage him/her
- Don’t ask for help, give assignments, (“Jim, I want you to represent an employer today.”)
- Have options, like starting off with a funny, but short video
- Have fun! Be creative! Using cookie-cutter rules to facilitating can grow stale fast.
The point is, you have to get your classroom engaged in a variety of ways. If you are going to ask a question, ask a particular person, one who looks enthusiastic. If you can’t find such a person, skip the question or answer it yourself!
More facilitating tips and tricks are coming soon!
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Motivation Monday Blues?
Motivation Monday is a common phrase used for help us change our mindset on the day that people perceive as the worst work day of the week. I’ve heard complaints like, “I had a great weekend, and now it’s over!” Or, “I had a terrible weekend with little rest, and now I’ve got to go back to work again!” No worries, it’s only a perception. When attempting to motivate yourself today, play mind games with yourself. Whether you know it or not, your mind is playing games with you. Fight back by having something fun to look forward to. Instead of saying how you really feel (realizing that feelings come and go) say and think the opposite. Dismiss the dismal and look forward to something you’ve always wanted to do. Keep in mind that your sub-conscience mind is paying close attention to how you think. Why? Because it is how you think that has the most control over what you will do next.
Just so you know, I’m not trying to ruin that “Thank God It’s Friday,” thing that we have going on. On the contrary, ups and downs are necessary so that when excitement comes, we can experience it at its peak! What I am suggesting is that we change it up a little. We can still have our Friday fun, but it may be time to add another fun day to the mix. What better day to add fun to than Monday!
Would you and your co-workers like to host a Monday Morning Coffee Bar, Monday Relax Lounge, Monday Game Day, Monday Desert Day, or a Monday Ice Cream Social Day? Why wait? Since Friday is already exciting, make Monday amazing!
If you’ve received this email too late and Monday is almost over, guess what? It will return, so go ahead and start planning to do something amazing, next Monday!
-Written by Joan Tucker, CDWP
When you go to a large job fair, you will probably see several companies in which you are interested. Take a small briefcase, portfolio case, or even a heavy duty folder with you, so that you can put in it all of the information you gather. (Include in it a small notebook or some note paper, and a pen.) You will collect business cards, brochures, flyers, and even free gifts! Next, don’t go to a table just to get a free gift or candy without first introducing yourself; then proceed to ask for whatever it is you want. Being polite never grows old. You may not be interested, but smile, say, “thank you,” and walk away. I heard a guy at recent job fair say, “I’m not working for that…” Not a good impression. Continue reading “Headed to a Large Job Fair? Don’t Go Without Reading This!”