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The Book of Road-Tested Activities by Elaine Biech

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Chapter 12

Openings: Start with a BANG

One of the most important parts of your training session is the opening. You want to start your training with a BANG. The contributors to this chapter offer you solid, time-tested activities to ensure that you do exactly that. When you open your session, you will want to:

Build interest in the session.

Ask what participants know and what they want to know.

Note the ground rules and what to expect.

Get them involved.

Build interest immediately. Start your session on time and grab participants’ attention right from the start. Save the ground rules and housekeeping details for later. Be creative with your opening.

Ask your participants about what they want to know. Sometimes a simple listing of expectations ...

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