In this document:
To introduce participants and facilitators, establish course expectations and practicalities.
Materials and resources required:
Introduction time: Approximately 30 minutes
Task: Show Slide 0.1 (Workshop introduction) and introduce yourself and welcome participants to the workshop:
The workshop should start with a round of introductions as an ‘ice breaker’: as a minimum everyone in the group should take turns to state their name, where they work and their role. If wanted, people can add something a bit more personal about their background. The following is an example:
Introducing your neighbour:
It is important to encourage participants to be informative but succinct. Activities generally take longer within larger groups. Allowance needs to be made for this as there may be less time for individual contributions.
Generally ice-breakers are used to facilitate and enhance the training environment and are used to:
Ice-breaking exercises can also be used if tension has risen to a high level among participants, if facilitators sense that frustration is rising, or to begin each day of a multi-day workshop.
Before moving on to the first training module, clarify ‘housekeeping’ issues including:
Establish ground rules including topics such as:
Make explicit the kind of behaviour expected so that is easier to deal with unhelpful behaviour later (if it occurs). Write up ground rules on flipchart to use as a reference for discussion and clarification.
Show Slide 0.2 (Training overview) illustrating module contents. As an introduction to each module there is an opening slide that summarises the module goal, learning objectives, and topics covered in more detail: