What’s the number one things that drives all human beings? And what then is the number one motivator trainers need to know about when designing and delivering learning?
This thing is simple.
Create it in your training group and learning will happen much more easily.
Dismiss it as unimportant and you’re working against human evolution, making the brain work waaaaaay harder than it has to, taking precious energy away from learning (at least the kind of learning that you had planned).
Befriend it and you’re much more likely to create a smorgasbord of rich learning opportunities.
Ignore it and the smorgasbord of learning opportunities turns into something as appealing as dry bread and stale water.
“It” is belonging. Yep, it’s the number one motivator according to Jeremy Rifkin and the compelling, animated video below. The drive to belong creates ‘homo-empathicus’ where to ’empathize is to civilize.’
What does belonging have to do with training? Create a sense of belonging in your ‘classroom’ (no matter whether your classroom is a boardroom, a lecture hall or a plenary session at a conference) and your participants can relax into learning.
Important caveat: ‘belonging’ does not mean we all hug and kiss each other. Belonging simply means that participants feel welcome. It means issues of access and inclusion are considered.