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There is no doubt that keeping your participants engaged is critical for you as a trainer in any class you deliver, not only because it’s more fun both for you and your participants to be in an engaging learning environment, but also to ensure you are bringing them value. Engagement leads to learning.

Keeping your participants engaged can sometimes be challenging, that’s why it’s important for you to shift the focus away from your role as the trainer to the role of a facilitator. Participants need to be engaged in discussions, have an input and feel that whatever they are contributing to the class matters. After all that’s why they are called participants they need to participate and not just passively listen to you lecturing 100% of the time. Be sure that you listen well, accept input, ask questions, encourage questions, and know when to be silent. Your main goal is to increase engagement and participation which will ultimately lead to learning.

One of the best ways to keep your participants participating, ensure they remain engaged and also add some fun to learning is to involve them in an activity that's related to your topic to serve and highlight key learning points. Following are some activities that will help you keep participants engaged physically and mentally.

 

Manager or Leader

Leadership and  Management activities
Leadership and Management activities

This classic activity clearly shows the difference between being a  manager and being a leader. Management and leadership are often interchanged within the business world; however, they are two very distinct skills. Management is essentially process/task focused and centers on the current and immediate future. Whereas, Leadership is much more people and future focused. It includes setting culture & Direction for the organization.

 
 ACTIVITY
Overview : : This classic activity clearly shows the difference between being a  manager and being a leader. Management and leadership are often interchanged within the business world; however, they are two very distinct skills.  Management is essentially process/task focused and centers on the current and immediate future. Whereas, Leadership is much more people and future focused. It includes setting culture & Direction for the organization.

Time : Approx. 30 minutes

Tools/Items required:   Manager Vs  Leader  table (Pls. See below) , Post it notes , Two Flip chart sheets

Set up :  Split the participants into small groups , give each group a copy of the Manager Vs Leader table and a different color of post it notes.   Hang the two Flip Chart sheets  and put the title Leader on one of them and Manager on the other one Each group is tasked to identify which of the statements on the Manager Vs leader table describe management behavior and which describe leadership behavior, write one statement on each post it note and  stick it either on the Manger  flip chart sheet or the Leader flip chart sheet on the wall.

Give the groups 15 minutes for this task

What's the point from this activity ? :
The aim of this activity is to clearly  show the difference between managers and leaders and how every leader can be a manager but not every manager can be a leader.

Manager Vs Leaders Table :

 Manager or Leader
• Scheduling work
• Sharing a vision
• Plan and prioritise steps to task achievement
• Use analytical data to support recommendations 
• Explain goals, plan and roles
• Provide feedback on performance
• Motivating staff
• Provide focus
• Create a ‘culture’
• Inspiring people
• Delegating tasks
• Ensuring predictability
• Co-ordinate effort
• Co-ordinate resources
• Give orders and instructions
• Act as interface between team and outside
• Take risks
• Guide progress
• Monitor progress
• Check task completion
• Create a positive team feeling
• Monitor feelings and morale
• Look ‘over the horizon’
• Appeal to peoples’ emotions
• Follow systems and procedures
• Provide development opportunities
• Ensure effective induction
• Monitor budgets, tasks etc
• Use analytical data to forecast trends
• Monitoring progress
• Unleashing potential
• Be a good role model
• Appeal to rational thinking
• Build teams

Answer : The  following table shows the distinct elements which fall under each category.

 LeaderManager 
• Provide feedback on performance
• Act as interface between team and outside
• Plan and prioritise steps to task achievement
• Explain goals, plan and roles
• Inspiring people
• Appeal to peoples’ emotions
• Sharing a vision
• Provide focus
• Monitor feelings and morale
• Create a ‘culture’
• Create a positive team feeling
• Ensure effective induction
• Provide development opportunities
• Unleashing potential
• Look ‘over the horizon’
• Take risks
• Be a good role model
• Scheduling work
• Delegating tasks
• Use analytical data to support recommendations
• Motivating staff
• Ensuring predictability
• Co-ordinate effort
• Co-ordinate resources
• Give orders and instructions
• Guide progress
• Monitor progress
• Check task completion
• Follow systems and procedures
• Monitor budgets, tasks etc
• Use analytical data to forecast trends
• Monitoring progress
• Appeal to rational thinking
• Build teams

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