|FACING UP TO NEW CHALLENGES
For the past three years ‘Facing up to New Challenges’ presentation has been successfully used throughout the UK and as far afield as Istanbul, Turkey!
During this time it has become an incredibly flexible learning tool and has been have delivered to many different organisations.
The Learning Message
Facing up to New Challenges and has proved to be extremely flexible and has been used in many different formats.
Some typical closing statements are:
"An hour ago you came into this room and not only learnt a series of circus skills but then performed those skills for each other. If you can achieve all this in the first hour today, just think what you can achieve during the rest of the day"
- "If someone had said to you beforehand that you were going to have to learn circus skills and then perform them for each other, most of you wouldn’t have thought it possible and probably some you wouldn’t have even turned up! In light of all that you have just achieved, are you setting the bar of your personal achievement high enough?"
- "In the space of an hour or so, a group of people came together and faced a series of seemingly impossible challenges. By creating the right environment you not only surprised themselves at what you were able to achieve, but were also able to view the achievements of their colleagues”
- From a position of believing you had no aptitude at all, to performing a range of circus skills in front of your peer group!"
Delegates shouldn't have a prior knowledge of the challenges they face - surprise is a key element.
The first ten minutes are spent setting the parameters for successful team working. This is humorous and designed to put delegates at their ease.
Quite naturally delegates will be scared of failure and of looking silly when facing these particular challenges so a supportive learning environment is created in which they are prepared to:
- share the skills they learn
- ask each other for help
- acknowledge each other's achievements
The delegates are then split into three groups and are asked to assemble at the three skill stations:
- Plate Spinning
- Flower Stick and Diablo
Each group in turn are then coached in their respective skills with the other groups looking on. They observe how some will learn to juggle in less than a minute, just how addictive spinning a plate on a stick can be and how it is possible to look incredibly bold when using the flower stick despite having no skill at all!
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