Remote Training / Facilitator Skills

You’re an amazing trainer and facilitator when you’re in the same room as your group… but the voice in your head says “NO!” when you’re asked to deliver online.

When you think about working remotely, across continents, perhaps you fear that:

  • You’ll be trapped by the technology
  • You’ll be forced into the ever-deadly talking-over-slides format
  • Your lively small-group activities just won’t work
  • Interaction with participants will be limited
  • You won’t be able to read the group’s dynamics
  • Attendees will barely pretend to pay attention – and it will not be time well spent.

If you’ve been in the business for a while, you’ve probably had at least one awful experience… almost enough to put you off the whole idea.

What if it didn’t have to be like that?

What if your live online workshops and trainings could be just as fun and vibrant as they are when you’re a few feet away from your participants?

What if you could:

  • Get your participants moving, chatting and laughing together
  • Host high-quality group discussions
  • Feel confident everyone was “getting” the key content

… all without leaving the comfort of your own home or office?

This workshop will teach you how to make that happen by combining awareness of best-practice facilitation and training methods with the practicalities of modern online meeting technology.

The tech does still have limitations – we can’t actually stand shoulder-to-shoulder around a flip-chart (yet!). But we’ll expand your sense of what is currently possible, and demonstrate ways to overcome many of the limitations.

We’ll even show you how remote training and facilitation may be better than the in-the-room kind!

After taking this class, participants will be able to:

  • Design and lead engaging, participative live online workshops and training sessions
  • Make real, human connections with participants
  • Eradicate multitasking and distraction, making focus the default
  • Create a psychologically safe space, remotely
  • Discourage groupthink and amplify divergence in live online video discussions
  • Adapt your small-group exercises/activities, including those based on space and movement, for live online classes
  • Implement strategies to manage tools such as chat and whiteboards alongside a video stream, and handle overload
  • Know what needs to happen before and after the live online session to maximise its value to participants
  • Identify relevant technical considerations, and deal with common issues.

The workshop focuses on live, interactive sessions over video conference where all participants are remote from each other. It touches only briefly on asynchronous elements such as text-based pre- and post-event discussion. It is not about recording video courses.

Format

This highly-interactive workshop is designed for delivery via live online video conference. There’ll be lots of small-group activities, and you’ll get direct hands-on experience with the tech.

It can be delivered as:

  • Four two-hour sessions (best for practice between sessions)
  • Two half-day sessions (one focussing on event design, one on delivery)
  • A single session of up to eight hours (extremely intense, but minimising the number of days “lost” to being trained).

To discuss how this would benefit your organisation or group, please contact us. To be notified of forthcoming open courses please subscribe.