Opening Remarks to Put People at Ease

As a MoveSMART® Instructor-Catalyst you are enthused about the value of the program. Remember that sometimes the people attending your training may not share that enthusiasm when they walk into the room. One of your first tasks is to put people at ease and let them know the training will be a good experience.

One way of doing this is to have opening remarks that set the tone you want.

Your opening remarks may include something about the schedule, breaks, bathroom locations, etc. While those are important, be sure to include some “putting at ease” comments. Here are a few to consider as starters that you can put your own spin on to fit the group and circumstances.

“I’m not going to tell you how to do your job. We will cover some ideas you may like to use if you think they will work for you.”

“This is not a class about safety rules and regulations. We’ll talk about some ideas that have been proven to reduce some of the stress and strain we’ve all felt.”

“Today we won’t put anyone on the spot. I’ll occasionally ask for a volunteer to help me with a demonstration. But I won’t do anything that makes anyone look stupid.”

“If you have any doubts about what we talk about, please let me know. Nothing today is sacred and I invite you to be skeptical with an open mind.”

You don’t have to make a big deal out of how cool and wonderful the program is and how much they will enjoy it. Overdoing this might just make people suspicious. However a few remarks can be helpful.

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