participants feel comfortable
- Greet each
person as they come in. Get them involved with setting up for the
session and let them get to know you by talking about yourself.
Be informal and relaxed in the sessions. If you are nervous, let
them know. Greet each person as they come in. Get them involved
with setting up for the session and let them get to know you by
talking about yourself.
- Be informal
and relaxed in the sessions. If you are nervous, let them know.
- Listen to what
the participants say
- Take the time
to listen to the participants. Don.t get so caught up in what you
have planned that you forget to listen. Let the participants know
that you have heard them.
- Look at participants
when you speak to them and when they speak to you
- When you are
speaking to a group, try to look at each person. It will help everyone
feel included and that their contributions are important.
- Make a point
of using and repeating what participants say.
- Give participants
positive reinforcement by repeating what they are saying and making
each person feel included. "Mary Jane's comments about finding
a babysitter made me remember..." or "You were saying
how you handled that situation. Would you like to explain it further?"
what a participant says.
- Give a lot
of positive reinforcement - "Andrew, you said something really
important a few minutes ago." or "Agnes, that's exactly
what I find works best too."
that learning can be fun!
- Have fun!
Learning can be fun - use humour, cartoons, funny stories, etc.