Training is a large component of any successful company. In order to achieve the best results and deliver on objectives, staff need to have access to regular training opportunities to ensure ongoing professional development.
But how many times have you or your team taken part in a soft skills training session which wasted valuable time because of how little impact it had on cooperation between staff and customers? The likely reason for this is that the training was not sufficiently memorable once participants left the class room and therefore the skills were not transferred back into the workplace.
This is why experiential or drama-based training is different. The practical, interactive nature of the training makes it memorable, but also gives delegates the chance to apply their skills practically, within a safe space.
What is it?
Experiential learning for your employees works by giving staff the opportunity to observe and reflect on ‘as real’ scenarios. These scenes and experiences are created after careful research,. in other words, there is no one-size-fits-all method; the training is bespoke and therefore more efficient.
These scenarios are facilitated by actors with staff interacting with the characters to challenge their behaviours and offer solutions to the challenges presented. There are a number of experiential training methods on offer in the marketplace, each with their own benefits and outcomes – so it is possible to tailor a solution to suit every business and every delegate group.
Drama-based training scenarios present issues from a number of perspectives, and following thesession, participants will be able to discuss with peers and the facilitator, some of the issues that have been raised in the drama. Did they achieve the goal? Were they happy with how the characters handled the situation? Would they handle it differently for any reason? And what did they learn from this?
Learning is direct, immediate and memorable, focusing on practical application rather than theory-based content.
Effective with important skills
In the world of business, some of the most important skills are effective communication and negotiation. When these skills are lacking, they can undermine the efforts and processes being implemented elsewhere in the business and, if left unchecked, can damage wider organisational culture.
Drama-based training is excellent for soft-skills development because it puts participants in a simulated situation where they not only understand how they are working cognitively but they can also feel what they are experiencing.
This insight allows them a critical opportunity for self reflection, understanding how they can adapt their behaviour to achieve a more successful outcome rather than being instructed on a uniform or ‘best way’ to behave.
This type of training is as close to real life as it gets.