Back to School

No, it’s not just you – summer is flying by! Before we know it, school will be back in session and students around the country will be back in the classroom. No matter how far out of school you are, you understand what a tough transition it is to go from carefree summer days, to the structure of a school day. While learning is important and should be interesting and engaging, sitting in place and staying focused for an extended period of time is a challenge for us at any age.

This can be even worse as adults. Instead of the hands-on, participative lessons that primary teachers are so adept at presenting, we’re most often asked to sit in a crowded room and listen passively.

We know we can’t escape it, learning is a part of life and businesses commonly find the need to rally the troops for training seminars; from new hire orientation to new product education. The challenge is how to make the material heard and understood, ensuring that the time is not wasted. It’s not the audience’s fault for not concentrating or the speaker’s fault for not entertaining— research shows that most of us can only absorb presentations for about 15 minutes.  So why not give the audience a few well-timed breaks?  Break-out teambuilding sessions can be a perfect way to get an audience moving and mingling— talking about the material and getting some blood flowing to the brain.

A professional facilitator can integrate a speaker’s workshop or training material into icebreakers and group games, providing an engaging, interactive experience. Teambuilding activities can complement the speaker by incorporating the themes or language that is being covered. For example, we recently did a session for a large corporate group who had been reading and discussing the subject of trust. We were able to guide them through some great, active, trust-building games that brought the material to life.

So if you need to freshen up your next PowerPoint, think beyond the YouTube video clip. Instead, get the audience excited about your material by making it real and active. Subscribe to our newsletter for some activities that can be done on your own, or contact us at or at 480-788-5093.


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