I work with many types of groups. You may be seeking training for:
- a board of directors, board officers, or senior management team;
- new board officers beginning their terms;
- subject-matter experts who serve as spokespeople on your issues and need to reach a broader public audience;
- volunteers and members of your professional society or organization;
- project directors and teams for your national demonstration or grant-funded program; or
- attendees at your national meeting or conference.
Some clients want me to train a group 1:1, with a combination of group workshops and 1:1 coaching. It's particularly effective when you have a group that wants to tackle a big goal, like an important pitch or talks in the style of TED. Read more about that here.
What to consider when planning a group training
While many who organize group trainings are focused on training as many people as possible, or filling an available meeting space, I recommend you start by taking these factors into consideration when planning group training in public speaking and presenting:
- What are your learning objectives for the group? In general, we can cover less content with a large group, more with a smaller group, and the most 1:1. I can work with you to scale your objectives to fit the group size.
- Will supervisors and subordinates be in the same group? Business relationships can limit participants' willingness to try--and perhaps fail--at new activities. Let's discuss how to handle training different levels of executives.
- Does your group include mostly introverts? Introverts make excellent public speakers, but are unlikely to volunteer to come forward to try out a new skill in front of the group.
- How much time do you have for the group to learn? The number of participants is one factor in figuring out how much content we can cover, and time is another. A short training time for a large group will limit your options and require a focused--and more limited--training plan.
- Does the group want the training? Sometimes, this is the last thing organizers consider. It's much easier for us to achieve your learning objectives if the group is willing and eager to participate. If you're not sure, a quick survey will help gauge interest.
Read what clients say about my coaching, then email me at eloquentwoman at gmail.com about your coaching needs. I'm looking forward to working with you!