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Theatre enhances experiential learning in the workplace

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Steps Role Play offer the services of trained actors to bring a new dimension to workplace training programmes, giving delegates a chance to sit out the potentially nerve-wracking role-play exercises and watch the experts at work.

In creating topical role-plays, Steps Role Play place the emphasis on experiential learning by asking course delegates to direct the behaviour of each `character' within the sessions. The same scenario can be run several times, giving delegates the opportunity to experience the impact of different behaviours on scenarios without having to participate directly.

The company uses four main methods of delivery:

  • Personalised drama-based training programmes targeted at specific organisational issues
  • Forum workshops involving group participation
  • Forum theatre looking at a single theme for a large group
  • Professional role players to enhance existing courses, assessment and development centres

Recent work undertaken with Oracle Corp UK has seen Steps Role Play involved with appraisers and appraisees in training sessions for managing performance at annual review.

“Delegates used to role play against each other on the workshops,” said Allan Miller, Human Resources Manager at Oracle Corp UK. “But a number of people felt uncomfortable in the role plays, so we revamped the workshops and brought in professional role players.”

For those who habour a desire to try out their own acting skills, it's worth mentioning that world-renowned drama school RADA have recently launched a programme of open courses covering self-presentation, communication skills and harnessing creativity to provide `fresh ways to entertain your clients'.

For more details about Steps Role Play, please call Richard Wilkes on 020-7403 9000.

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