Virtual Bite-Sized Training Programmes
Our pre-designed, off the shelf, virtual drama-based training programmes cover a specific range of subjects. The design of each course allows participants to look at how, as individuals, they can confidently and sensitively face some of the new challenges placed on their organisations.
Delegates will become more aware of their personal strengths and areas for improvement through this experiential learning. This understanding will enable them to develop their personal style with conviction and offer them more options in their communication, actions and decision making. The result is participants communicating more effectively, and in a more focused way, all the while improving online relationships. This will ultimately allow them to be clear, focused and engaging even in high pressure situations. All the sessions can be followed up by us to provide a pathway to continuous improvement.
The drama-based training involves a combination of group exercise and business-based simulations using experienced business actors. It is further enhanced by the use of debate to enhance the learning. Short, simple, behavioural models provide participants with the opportunity to practise addressing important conversations that arise with individuals and teams in a remote setting.
Each of these experiential learning sessions last for two hours and is designed for small groups of 12 to 15 delegates. They are run by two actor facilitators and as with all our training sessions, they are highly interactive, fast moving, and engaging.
This workshop explores how we can deliver difficult messages online in a clear, supportive and authentic way. Starting from suggestions on how to prepare, the participants are guided through the conversation. Together we find a good beginning point, look at how to handle possible emotional responses and how to close. Focusing on the impact you have on others and that they have on you, this training develops emotional self-management during difficult conversations.
Using drama-based simulation all participants will practice giving a difficult message in a safe environment. An easy to remember model geared towards helping people structure the conversation is included, as well as tips on how to adjust your style in response to the behaviours you may be faced with. This workshop can be based around a specific challenging issue you might be facing in your organisation – for example managing expectations, implementing organisational changes, or making redundancies.
It doesn’t matter whether you are presenting to a possible client or to an internal team, the challenges are the same for any online presentation. How your online presence is perceived is paramount to how effective you are in delivering your message and engaging your audience.
In this workshop we focus on authenticity, self awareness and personal impact. Participants discover how best to engage calmly online and be genuinely present. Recognising the sensation of self-consciousness, while not showing self-consciousness, will be key. We’ll offer a series of hints and tips on improving presentation skills, coupled with the opportunity to practice these skills in a safe space. Expert feedback from our Actor/Facilitators boosts confidence straight away, while providing a framework for further improvement.
Unconscious Bias and its relationship to discrimination is an urgent topic for every organisation this year. In this workshop we explain the principles of unconscious bias and explore what it can look like. We raise participant’s awareness of how we can often make judgments or decisions on the basis of our prior experience, deep-seated thought patterns, assumptions or interpretations.
Through a series of exercises, interactive drama, and facilitated debate, this session enables participants to recognise the many factors contributing to unconscious bias. Education, peer group, home life and the media are just a few of the components that can influence our unconscious mind and lead to unfair treatment in the workplace. We believe that self-awareness and an understanding of the wider context around discrimination of all kinds is the first step towards behavioural and cultural change.
This course examines many challenges for virtual leading and managing. The main issues covered are:
- The practical issues around engaging remote workers
- Getting across a difficult message remotely
- Dealing with possible emotional responses
Managing employees at a distance is difficult, particularly if there is a performance issue or problem to resolve with them. In the absence of the full body language that we subconsciously depend on, managing people in this way may require more sensitivity and enquiry than a face-to-face meeting in a formal environment.
The workshop explores how we can deliver difficult messages online in a clear, supportive and authentic way, but also highlights the challenges remote communications can cause. It starts with suggestions on how to prepare for the conversation and looking at the added constrictions of communicating clearly using the technology. Through experiential learning we explore a challenging management conversation, and it ends on the group coaching the manager towards a better outcome and some tangible ‘takeaway’ tips on improving remote management.
Empathy is now recognised as a key aspect of competent leadership. It allows you to predict the effect your decisions and actions will have on core audiences and strategise accordingly. With empathy, you can build and strengthen a team as well as nurture a new generation of leaders. Without empathy you will not inspire followers or elicit loyalty. The Wall Street Journal notes that soft-skill training opportunities for staff to learn the art of leading with empathy is provided in roughly one in five of the top 250 organizations in the US, where it is now seen as a key part of increasing productivity in individuals and teams.
The over learning objectives are:
- Looking at the importance of empathy as a leadership skill, and the business case for it
- Defining it and what seeing what it looks like in practice
- Understanding the skills that improve your own empathy
This programme starts with small group work on what empathy means, and how important it is in leadership. The group is supported to reach a common agreement on the importance of empathy in leadership and what we mean by it. The delegates are then guided through a drama-based learning scenario where empathy by a leader is not being practiced The ensuing debate creates learning opportunities around how empathy can be put into practice and how the delegates can improve their own empathy.
At RPfT we believe emotional resilience is a trait you can increase and develop. In this drama-based training, we study how resilience manifests itself and consider what behaviours might look like when it is lacking. We will identify different coping mechanisms and explore various strategies and some simple stress-reducing techniques that we can use to increase our resilience when faced with stressful situations.
There are two aspects to this programme:
- Building resilience within yourself and managing your own stress levels
- Spotting stress in others and helping them to manage it
Through experiential learning, we identify indicators of stress in others and how to provide support. The training also addresses the additional complexity of managing teams virtually. Part of this is acknowledging the extra stresses to our mental health, of prolonged social isolation, job insecurity and personal worries related to the pandemic.
In this workshop we look at the communication skills required to encourage those around us to open up as well as what empathy and good listening looks and sounds like. We also identify strategies for managing someone who we identify may be experiencing stress and how to give information and support where appropriate.