I am guilty of photobombing. Yup. I do it with participants in my classes or presentations, as the evidence above shows*. And you should too. Why photobomb?
1. Most participants experience a tiny bit of speaker worship - if you are any good at public speaking – and yet are too timid about approaching you. They love the idea of having a photo with you, but don’t want to ask. They are afraid you might see it as an inconvenience or beneath you. Photobombing gives them the bonding moment they were looking for and a memento of your time together. It also gives you a chance to get to know them better and find out if they have questions or needs you haven't addressed.
2. Photos with happy participants can help in your marketing efforts. You can use the photos to accompany blog posts or to tweet to followers, encouraging them to register for your next event. So after photobombing someone else’s picture, be sure to ask them to email you a copy.
*I'll admit that I usually ask permission.
Being “generationally savvy” is all the rage. Books, blogs and chats are popping up everywhere to explore the issues of working with employees from multiple generations. Jennifer Abrams book, “The Multigenerational Workplace,” provides a practical overview of how to respond to the different lenses and styles that might be present on the job.
With Abrams permission, I have adapted her work to include tips for professional learning facilitators. Here is a chart you can download that captures key characteristics of each generation and some things to keep in mind if you have a mixed audience for your presentations or classes.
Want an easy way to activate your participants’ thinking before you ever start your presentation?
Create a teaser slideshow- slides with trivia questions about the content that is set to auto-advance in a loop. Alternate each trivia slide with a title slide for the class –about eight trivia questions should be sufficient. Set this to run during the half hour before class begins. As participants settle into their seats, the questions on the slides will activate prior knowledge and prime them for your content.
Each of these books has sparked some wonderful ideas for me, ideas which will improve my personal and professional life. I'm going to pay it forward by sharing one idea that jumped out at me today.
Nudge : Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
For more ideas, check out my book, Caffeinated Learning.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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