The after workshop debrief of a small group can take 20 minutes, whereas a debrief of groups of 10 or more can take substantially longer
After running presentation skills training or a workshop to build Emotionally Intelligent teams we have found it important to recap and run a debrief with the participants. This helps embed the ideas and give them an action step to take when they leave the training.
Tips to handle a workshop debrief with a large group:
- Summarise the key elements from the workshop to remind of core elements. This is important as often after a long day respondents have only the last elements discussed top of mind.
- Hand out coloured post-it-notes (blue, yellow, green).
- Ask participants to write blue (an idea you want to share – something memorable), yellow (an obstacle for you) and green (your action step – what are you going to do with the information).
- Have all participants place their sticky notes on a flip chart or white board in the front. Read 3-5 of the notes in each category and discuss some of the interesting ones. Comment on common themes.
- As the workshop ends, ask participants to take their green action note with them, suggest they put it in their purse/wallet. Ask them to consider when they find it in the future whether they have completed the action step, or whether they should put it back in their wallet. A simple workshop debrief to increase retention of ideas
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