I’ll share a strategy that works well for me. Before training, I write on the board/flip chart the following aphorism: “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats.”
During the introductions, I give everyone a chance to explain what it means. As you might expect, I hear a variety of explanations. Finally, I explain my interpretation of the expression: since each of us brings a wealth of knowledge and life experience to the class, the result is a learning experience in which the total is greater than the sum of the parts; hence, all ‘boats’ are lifted when just ‘one’ rises.
Proactive learning (and contributing to decisions about goals, break times, or when to take lunch) gives learners a vested interest in the class. They appreciate knowing that their knowledge and experience are valued and welcomed.
When you extend respect to adult learners they almost always respond accordingly.”
Posted on LinkedIN by Griff Gregory, MBA/MOS