7 Critical Steps for an Awesome Diversity Training session! 3


Diversity training for teams is an excellent opportunity for team building! 

Traditional diversity training can be educational yet it can also be incredibly painful! And very few people want to be bored to death!

Here are some tips from our Celebrating Humanity Diversity team building events.

1) No death by PowerPoint, please!

Simply the worst kind of training, especially diversity training – is when the facilitator arrives with a pc/ USB and a data projector – with pre-conceived concepts and training agenda. 

Widely known as death-by-PowerPoint – this is bound to do more damage in your organisation than good. Very few people learn, a limited number of relationships are built and the status-quo may just remain.

2) Set the rules up front!

 All training should be introduced with a few basic rules, to ensure that everybody know where they are going. Ours are simple. 

a) Respect.
b) Fun!
c) Go.

With the overriding principle:- “At the level of respect, ALL people are equal.”

After a simple and brief explanation, the group all feel at home and welcome – no matter what their diversities are. 

They also have a good laugh when we tell them that the “Go” rule is merely to let them know if they gotta go to the toilet  – they should just go. (But please come back!)

3) Work with diverse teams

Help the teams to know each other better and then get them to choose teams that would represent the people of your country in diversity competitions. This enables them to easily share their diverse wisdom and grows the concept of value.

4) Make it fun and inclusive.

It is a fact that learning through fun is better than learning through talks. This is one of the keys to getting to building the relationships, strengthening diversity links and even to getting your children to love homework!

 5) Manage the big mouths through competitions and points.

Often training is taken over by a few people who feel that they have the knowledge to pick apart any information shared by the team, or the facilitators. Some even believe that sarcasm is the way to keep the attention of their team.

Once they are put into their diverse teams, it becomes incumbent upon them to seek answers and share their own knowledge with the teams. Any rudeness, to the other teams, is soon capped with points being awarded to the non-offending teams. Their own teams will soon bring them back into line.

6) Get them interacting and sharing!

The sooner the delegates begin interacting, sharing and communicating the better. This is a foundation of a successful diversity program – as they will continue to communicate back at work. It also creates better relationships, greater team work and a powerful understanding of individual and group value.

7) Work with issues that impact relationships, today.

One of the biggest challenges to successful diversity programs is the out-dated focus on the past. People do not want to be blamed or isolated by the actions of their ancestors. There are enough historical programs, courses, books and lessons for these lessons.

Focus on relationships, difficulties, differences and commonalities that apply to today! Please do not exclude people through your own historical judgments. It simply does not do any good!

 Celebrate your people and most of all, have  tons of FUN! 

Good luck with your sessions and delight in the new improved relationships!

Brian V Moore
#diversitytraining #Diversitycourses #CelebratingHumanity

Celebrating Humanity International

brian@diversitytrainers.co.za

Mobile: +27 79 643 4457. (Please feel free to call me!)

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3 thoughts on “7 Critical Steps for an Awesome Diversity Training session!

  • Jared Shippel

    Really great post Brian. As someone who is passionate about all relationship-based and soft skills training, I could not agree with you more. Despite having my own business, KVRQhubeka, I have been working together a specialist company in the diversity and transformation space for the last 2 years and particularly running a massive project with a particular client that began in September 2013 and is continuing in 2015.

    The process has been intensive and we have had participants from all walks of life with a multitude of differences and issues presenting themselves. The one thing that we do a little differently is that we let them set the rules as they would like to treat others and be treated themselves. Should they leave out any of the really crucial ones then we volunteer those.

    The work is incredibly rewarding, highly challenging at times and allows facilitators to learn as much from each session as the participants themselves. It requires an innovative, socially-adept and flexible training style, as well as a great deal of understanding and knowledge into the spectrum of human behaviour, customs, traditions, religions and so many other areas.

    You are always welcome to contact me, if only to trade notes and stories.

    Jared Shippel

    jared@kvrtraining.com or jared@qhuconsult.co.za

    mobile: +27 83 407 4894