The start of the seminar is an important part of every seminar. The implementation of the seminar start influences the entire further event. Good planning is essential.
The trainer must claim his position as the formal leader (see Rankings ) by occupying space (physically!) and staking out his territory. Therefore, the greeting always takes place standing.
The greeting must be friendly and open to the participants and contain the topic of the seminar.
Introduce The Topic And Give An Overview
The point here is to give the participants a kind of agenda. Not every subtopic needs to be listed here. However, the participants should get a rough idea of what to expect in the seminar.
Define Overarching Goal
Defining a common, overarching seminar goal is a sensible strategy to make all participants feel part of the group. In terms of ranking , the common goal is the opponent. A common, overarching goal can be, for example, obtaining a certificate/certification. It is important that all participants can identify with the goal.
An important part of starting the seminar is establishing a level with the participants. This can be achieved, for example, by:
- reference stories with a positive ME TOO effect
- highlight similarities
- humorous, playful remarks
Organizational issues should also be explained here. These can be, for example:
- Beginning and end of each day
- break times
- dealing with telephone calls / mobile phones
- use of laptop/tablet
- salutation: you or she?
- at the end of the seminar day: dinner together?
Welcome And Introduction Round
People who come together want to get to know each other. Everyone wants to assess and classify the other. Therefore, each seminar contains a welcome or introduction round.
The following rules must be observed for rounds of introductions:
- The round of introductions should be targeted and appropriate to the seminar topic.
- The trainer starts the introduction since he is the host. In addition, he can set the format / standard for the introduction round. The participants will orientate themselves on the presentation of the trainer.
- The Cover all Basics must be included.
Goals that should be achieved for the trainer through the round of introductions are, for example:
- assess participant (type).
- learn about the goals ( not expectations! ) of the seminar participants
- learn names
- get an idea of the participants
- assess any objections
- allow sensitivities (within limits) to flow away in order to prevent disturbances
Opportunities For Participants
In return, each participant gets an opportunity
- take up space and present yourself
- to get to know and assess the trainer and the other participants
- to express their own feelings