>Well, this week’s Q&A post is all about doing an energiser before training or a workshop. Looking at the world of sport gives an example overview of why we should do this. Before any sports-person embarks on their competition, they prime their bodies. They go through intense training several weeks prior to condition their bodies in the right way. On the day itself, they body needs to get the adrenaline flowing so your reaction times are quicker and sharper. The body needs to be in a state of readiness so it can take on its challenge. During the competition, the sports-person paces him/herself. They know full well that their body can only handle so much, so they have to make sure they’re not over-stretching themselves. And once completed, they warm down. The body has just been through an exertion of energy and power it doesn’t normally have to sustain. The warm down helps the body to say, it’s ok, you can relax now.
So, if you question the need to do an energiser before training/workshop, think of this example. The key is, make sure the energiser/exercise you get the group to do, is relevant to the task ahead of them. Don’t play Lego and have fun, if you’re in a conflict resolution workshop. The delegates won’t appreciate it, your credibility will go down the pan, and your objectives will not be met.
The question for this week then is – What’s the best energiser/icebreaker you’ve taken part in (or if you’re an L&Der, that you’ve designed and delivered)?