BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
My teammate at The Hub, Kaycie Stushek, recently hosted a ‘non-networking, networking activity’ to kick of The Hub’s New Story 2018.
The folks in the room all gathered, partnered up, and then shared a recent success with their partner. Then, they took their partner’s success story and shared it with the next person, and so on.
“It was really kind like the game of telephone, with a whole lot of intention behind it. I was so happy people saw it as one of the highlights of the event,” said Kaycie.
Kaycie designed the activity using the tools and guidance learned from participating in The West Virginia Trainers Project Workshop. This seemingly simple activity garnered tons of energy and some solid connections between participants, as well as an appreciation for exciting projects happening throughout the state.
This year’s workshop will be on September 13-15 in Spencer, WV. Applications are due August 1st.
- Gain greater awareness about themselves and their strengths as facilitators;
- Get a chance to take risks, experiment and refine skills in a safe and supportive environment;
- Get the stimulation of fresh approaches and increased options;
- Receive personal guidance from experienced trainers in a small group setting;
- Learn new tools that are easily adapted, principles of workshop design, skills for working with diversity and a better understanding of how to use experiential education methods effectively.
If you’ve ever facilitated a group meeting or led an activity, you know there is a lot of work that goes behind the scenes beforehand in order to foster genuine experiences, allow people to share, make decisions and define next steps. Kaycie was grateful to be able to add to her skillset by attending the workshops the WV Trainers Project offers.
“The WV Trainers Project workshops have been one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had, both in my personal and professional life,” shared Kaycie. “The trainings focused on genuine human connection to create an environment that fosters self reflection, creativity, individual strengths, and peer input. This sets a solid foundation for growth and change, and does so through fun and creative tools and techniques learned at the workshops.”
The WV Trainers Project Workshops are open to all West Virginians who are seeking guidance for making lasting impacts throughout the communities of West Virginia.
Learn skills to make lasting and valuable change – apply for the September 13-15 workshop in Spencer, WV by August 1st.