Engaging Learners in the Orderly Conversation

Engaging Learners in the Orderly Conversation:

No-nonsense Techniques for Engaging Today’s Learner

greg 200x300Audience: Workplace Learning Professionals, Accidental Trainers, Learning Leaders
 Greg Owen-Boger, VP Turpin Communication
Duration: 60 – 120 minutes

An obstacle to effective training is learner apathy in the classroom. As trainers, we need to stay relevant in today’s tough market and take responsibility for moving participants from ho-hum observers to engaged and passionate learners.

But how? One way is to conduct training sessions as if they are Orderly Conversations. An Orderly Conversation is one that is (a) carefully organized, well designed and documented, and (b) flexibly executed with lively participation and input from the entire group. When trainers and facilitators engage learners in this fashion, learners are more likely to invest in the learning outcome and apply what they’ve learned back on the job.

The theory behind the Orderly Conversation will be discussed as well as insights and skills for engaging learners in the process. This will include cleaning out the old training toolbox to get rid of rusty rules, gimmicks, and anything else that simply doesn’t work.

Participants will also examine their own Default Approach to training. A Default Approach is the response trainers have to the tension between the orderly and the conversational. It is a measure of their comfort, habits, strengths, and weaknesses. Some trainers thrive while keeping things on track — planning, details, time management. Others thrive with the conversational dimension — being spontaneous, engaging listeners, encouraging discussion. While the influence of a trainer’s Default is felt throughout the process, it is often too subtle and unconscious to be noticed. The session will help speakers explore what their Default means for them and what they can do to manage it to their advantage in the classroom.

You will leave the session with:

  • A clear understanding of what it means to conduct an Orderly Conversation
  • An understanding of your Default Approach and how you can capitalize on your strengths and improve weaknesses
  • An action plan for moving learners from ho-hum observers to engaged and passionate learners
  • New language for coaching others in the learning field

Contact us at
engage@theorderlyconversation.com or call 773-239-2523 if you’re interested in learning more.