An opener is a good way to start a training seminar. It gives the participants who arrive early something to do until time to start the seminar. Participants will begin to network with each other. It sets the stage for an active learning experience. If the opener that is chosen pertains to the topic of the seminar, the participants will already be thinking about the training. An effective opener creates an opportunity for participants to begin a learning experience and develops a desire to know more. The secret to a successful opener is to keep it simple.
- Choose an opener that is appropriate to the topic.
- Choose an opener that will make participants feel comfortable contributing to the discussion.
- Make it fun.
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