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A Trainer’s Dream…


The department has issues around racism & sexism so picture the scene...a group of white, male manual workers (fairly low grade) attending a 2-hour session on equality at the end of their shift.

I have 15 of these to do...any ideas on how to inspire, motivate and make an impact?

The prompt for the training has been inappropriate language used around gender and race. And it is anticipated that the learners will be resistant to change.

So any suggestions on how to engage the learners? And how to communicate the key message of equality in an easy to understand way?

As ever all help is appreciated...

derek hughes

3 Responses

  1. Wow!
    I had exactly the same problem. A reasonably attractive 30ish woman in front of similar blokes on the same subject. Disaster and mega stress.

    But I found a wonderful trainer who quoted Bernard Manning at them and his pitfalls- and thst is whst you need



  2. Video
    I once saw a video that would hold their attention and challenge them. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of it but am sure others will reconise it. The video was about an american teacher who split her class into brown eyed and blue eyed students and then treated them differently. She did this for some time until one group felt superior. She then reversed the group who got the favouritism. This video really brings home the stupidity of racist, sexist and other notions.

    The teacher went on to do similar experiments with companies. I would suspect that her treatment of others would be intolerable in today’s society.

    After the video you could discus the employees views on what they have seen and also how the experiment would now be veiwed differently as society moves on.

    Regards Steven

  3. Jane Elliott
    Jane Elliott is the person Steve is referring to. I had the privilege to hear her talking on her recent lecture tour on “The Anatomy of Prejudice”. She certainly opened my eyes to my own prejudices – which I didn’t even know I had until I conciously thought about it!

    The video you mean was “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes” but has been updated and is called “A Class Divided”. She continues to this day to do the exercise with groups of people.

    If you do listen to her prepare to be challenged. On a lighter note she is extremely funny as well.

    To find out more about her follow the link above.




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