“Pamela Hart is a gifted speaker and teacher whose purpose is clearly to inspire and motivate people to uncover and express their most powerful voice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced public speaker, the Release Your Voice Bootcamp, provides strategies and tools to help everyone to reach their communication goals. I loved it!”
The Vancouver Release Your Voice Communication and Public Speaking Bootcamp was quite the success. A diverse group of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds spent the weekend with Pamela to become more confident and effective communicators. For those running group seminars or retreats, or even preparing to attend one, here are a few things that make a group session successful for all participants.
1. Set a stage for Respect – Although each person attended the Bootcamp for different reasons, most of them career related, everyone was kind and respectful. Creating a comfortable space is essential for learning, especially in such a short-time period, so make sure to communicate that they are in a welcoming and safe environment.
2. Constructive and Honest Feedback- Like Arthur Dobrin says, “There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.” If you are holding a workshop or similar session lay-out rules for criticism. Give an example of honest yet helpful feedback, enforcing the supportive atmosphere. If people offer a cruel or harsh comment reply with “That comment isn’t helpful, were you trying to say _______________?” Remember to offer handfuls of suggestions when giving people feedback as well as giving them opportunities to explain their experience and why they chose to present or do something in a certain way.
3. Timing – Set a clear schedule and remind all participants of how the day will unfold. Leave proper time for breaks and meals while doing your best to be flexible. If people are presenting or break off into groups to work on a project make sure announce time constraints.
4. Fun – For almost every reason you are gathering there can be a lighter and entertaining component. People learn in a variety of different ways to remember to shake it up – get people out of their chairs, out of the building and out of themselves. This will inspire conversation between participants and make your retreat and topics memorable. After the weekend there were many visible improvements to an already great group.
This incredible Bootcamp is on tour for February, so if this sounds like an experience you’d benefit from, head over to http://www.releaseyourvoice.com to register!
Release Your Voice will be in:
Halifax – Feburary 9-10 9 Am-4:30 Pm Cambridge Suites
Toronto – February 23-24 9Am- 4:30 Pm Telesec Downtown Business Center
Calgary – February 27-28 9 Am-4:30 Pm Ramada Inn Downtown
What are some things that you do to have a flawless class, retreat or seminar?
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