12 ways to make your DiSC training boring
Posted on January 10, 2011 in Training
- Lecture. Only lecture. For extra credit, lecture from PowerPoint slides.
- When participants start to get bored or antsy, keep throwing information at them. In other words, don’t prepare materials with energy levels in mind—discussions, exercises, videos, and breaks at appropriate times.
- Chose a small, airless room for training. Don’t worry about temperature levels, natural lighting or color in the room. Or, if training online, avoid looking at your camera and don’t break for polls or audience responses.
- Do no research in advance regarding what your audience may or may not already know or be interested in learning.
- Don’t worry if you know anything about the material you’re presenting. Never ask for questions.
- Forget about how humans respond to story-telling. Neglect to share personal stories or case studies and don’t encourage role playing or personal sharing during a session.
- Discourage all audience participation. Never facilitate any discussion generated by the group. Let one person monopolize conversations and ignore your silent participants. Don’t ask leading questions to stimulate even more discussion. Don’t try to keep the conversations on track with learning objectives.
- Never link your training to business objectives. Just like you don’t want to let people know what’s in it for them, you don’t want to let them know what’s in it for their organization either.
- Don’t encourage participants to think about how to apply what they’ve just learned to their lives, their jobs, their future plans.
- Never review DiSC facilitator reports before your training to give you an idea of how to keep your group engaged. In fact, don’t use any DiSC training aids or review any DiSC training tips.
- Ignore the training session’s sponsor, the person who asked you for the training or who is paying for the training.
- Be inflexible with your training session. Never allow any module or exercise go over the time you’ve allotted no matter how excited the participants are about what they’re learning. Never plan on how to expand or contract a portion of the program in response to your audience’s needs.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team