What the F?! Or rather, what the four F’s?
You’ve got a workshop to deliver, a course to teach, a presentation to get through. Here’s some handy advice for how to shine bright.
Find out what the four F’s can do to your learning!
F number 1
Find your focus. Instead of pinging around like a pinball gone wild, focus focus focus. Pare your content down. Less is more.
Focus comes from the Latin word for fire. Finding your focus literally gives you fire, energy, motivation and grit.
When you find your focus, you, your workshop/course/presentation and your participants will all be happier.
F number 2
Facilitate. The origin of the word facilitation is to make easy.
You can make learning easy by not being a talking head, a.k.a. by not lecturing. Lectures don’t do anyone any good.
Lectures are where the notes of the lecturer go to the notes of the student without going through the brains of either (Don Tapscott). Instead engage and ask questions. Then listen to the answers and build on them.
Voila! Focused fire up facilitation.
F number 3
Fun. Ever heard of the saying ‘put your nose to the grindstone’? That involves blood and pain! Instead of invoking that harsh image, replace it with fun, humour, inspiration, and raising curiosity.
Did you know that the part of your brain responsible for figuring out if something is funny or not (your prefrontal cortex) is the same part of your brain that does critical thinking, strategic thinking, planning and innovation?
Stir up some fun and you’re invoking some serious brain power.
Invoke fun and you’re lighting up sophisticated thinking and learning. All without suffering.
F number 4
Foundation. Just like you can’t build a home without a firm foundation, you can’t build powerful learning without a strong foundation. Combine focus, facilitating and fun you’ll strengthen the foundation for learning.
Now go on and learn, laugh and lead.
- Discover more ways to make your workshops not suck in three easy steps part one and part two
- Don’t get caught off guard and fall from your foundation like this king of the jungle
- Put your own stamp on your work. Find your particular focus, your special way of facilitating and your way of prompting fun, all to build a strong foundation for powerful learning.
P.S. Check out my Workshops that Work online workshop so you can learn 4 steps to taking that beloved subject matter expertise of yours and start teaching it to others.