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Herding Cats (Or How to Facilitate a Great Learning Experience for People With Very Different Backgrounds)

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Reva Cooper

What do cats have to do with training?

As a trainer, it is often easier to facilitate sessions when the group has similar experiences and similar levels of expertise or starting points. Yet there is a richness of knowledge and experience that diversity can yield. Cats are not naturally herding animals, and to get them to come together as a group can be challenging. In this Training Designs, author Reva Cooper shares what she has learned about training groups when participants are at very different starting points. Her experiences and insights will no doubt stimulate your own thoughts about facilitating and “herding cats” so that differences are honored and everyone learns and grows through the training experience.