I teach students how to become their own teachers

Experiential Trainings

My motto is “I teach students how to become their own teachers!” and I do this by creating the environment in which students learn by themselves.

Here you’ll find a sample of what happens in a 1-day experiential training. (note that I’ve skipped the part about preparation, follow-up and reporting and left you with a sample training day)

If you’re interesting in booking a training for your company or team you can contact me here: vaida bogdan email



1. Icebreaking activities

ADC_4359This is the part of the training where the participants get to know each other. It consists of games through which we learn our names, we find a few common interests and maybe even get a first look at our strengths and weaknesses.

Reviewing: After each activity we have a reviewing session. For the icebreaking part, we usually have a quick 10 to 60-seconds review.

2. Group building activities

Here we usually play some games through which we dig deeper into what our expectations are during the training. The group starts working together and we quickly realize the empowering emotion of being part of a team.

Reviewing: The first AHA! moments start happening when students realize that they can use their reflections and findings from previous games into the new ones. We use Kolb’s method of experiential learning to put everything that we learn into the next experience (learning by doing).

3. Pivotal game

1463943_610837158974751_1971297209_nThis game is directly related to the subject at hand. Here I strive to be the facilitator and not the trainer. I remember a training where  I taught time management without teaching anything about time management. All we did was play the pivotal game where each group received a normal working schedule and a list of tasks (represented by pieces of paper of varying dimension). They had to fit the small chunks in the schedule while, every 3 minutes, I announced an urgent change in it. At the end of the game a woman said that she started her day by working at her biggest challenge. In the other group, a man asked her why. She responded that she starts the day working at the most difficult task, it’s like hiking a big mountain. After you’ve done that, hiking a hill is as easy as pie. That was the point where I congratulated her, telling her that she reinvented a famous time management technique. She smiled and I knew, by looking at her, that she would apply the method from then on. That is the outcome I strive to achieve.

Reviewing: The reviewing is more concise in this section (sometimes even having a review middle game). After completing the game, we have an individual reflection session, a team review and a group review. We discuss what we have noticed, why some things happened, how everything applies to real life and what’s our next step (how we can bring what we’ve learned into our life).

4. Next steps / goal setting

This is the part of the training where we figure out our next step and set a deadline for it. We also identify obstacles and brainstorm ways to overcome them.

In the reviewing section we figure out issues in our goal setting (limiting beliefs, lack of knowhow, lack of motivation) and why they prevent us from setting a next step. We bring what we’ve learned to the real life, brainstorming situations where we may have a similar limiting belief and what action could we take in that moment.DSC00775

5. Final review

In the final review we talk about how we felt during the training, how we feel towards our future and we leave each other prepared to embark on a powerful journey of excellence.

This is a sample for a 1-day training. Other trainings take longer (7-10 days) and contain a lot more experiential activities, games, group activities and individual coaching sessions.

If you’re interesting in booking a training for your company or team you can contact me here: vaida bogdan email


(you can also read about my transition from a Powerpoint teacher to a facilitator here)

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