- C – choice – last weeks blog
- R – Rewards – this weeks blog
- UM – Use metaphors
- MS – Microskills
- S – stories
By developing some skills that can be implemented immediately, these skills become almost second nature and automatic. This automatic type behaviour can come from a part of the brain that is very low in energy consumption called the basal ganglia, as well as the long-term memory*.
Moving learning quickly into the long-term memory frees up the higher thinking brain for the new learning and gives the learners confidence.
Most of the time a workshop starts with a big picture view of a theory or model, which may be a logical beginning but it could also be quite overwhelming for the learner. Giving them some quick-to-apply new skills can boost their confidence, calm their fears and speed up the learning.
Examples of useful microskills could be:
- On an IT course – getting the learners to practice using the help facility so that they can access tips quickly
- On a finance course – some really easy calculations that they do in pairs
- Health & Safety course – use a spot the difference picture to spot hazards in pairs
- An assertiveness course – start off with some simple rapport skills like matching and mirroring
- A presentation skills course – practice the introduction of a presentation in a line in stages – name and title, then purpose of presentation, then the outcomes. Build on each stage.
*David Rock “Your Brain at Work”, Harper Business 2009