5 tips for facilitating DiSC
One of the great things about the Everything DiSC suite of profiles is that they don't need you to be accredited in order to use them. They are specifically designed to be easy to interpret and understand.
However, any trainer or facilitator wants to be as credible as possible so that the learning is maximised and people leave your workshop or coaching session confident in what they have learnt about themselves and how to apply it. Only then can they work towards building more effective workplace relationships.
Here are five short tips that will help you get the best out of your session:
1. Always introduce the Cornerstone Principles and reinforce them at every opportunity.
> All DiSC styles and priorities are equally valuable and everyone is a blend of all styles
> Your work style is also influenced by other factors such as life experiences, education and maturity
> Understanding yourself better is the first step to becoming more effective when working with others
> Learning about other people's DiSC styles can help you understand their priorities and how they may differ from your own
> You can improve the quality of your workplace by using DiSC to build more effective relationships.
2. Review the profiles of the participants in advance. this will help you to understand how they may prefer to receive information and allow you to adjust your delivery style accordingly.
Create team maps and generate a Group Culture Report to get an overview of the collective styles and how they work together.
3. If a respondent struggles to identify with the profile results, refer to the Supplement for Facilitators. This will give you more information about their profile. The umbrella graph is particularly helpful to identify DiSC styles that may not be fully explored within the report.
In this example, a respondent has returned a D (Dominance) preference based on the algorithms interpretation of their answers to the self assessment. However, the main report does not reflect the fact that they also have high scores on the CS/SC areas. Exploring this with the respondent will help them to understand their results and feel more comfortable with the analysis.
The Supplement will also help you to to discuss those priorities that may have been scored highly but are not the natural priorities associated with their style. In this example the need for Stability is not a usual fit with the D style but is clearly important to this person and may drive aspects of their behaviour.
4. Save yourself time and money by using a Facilitation Kit. These resources provide you with everything you need to run a workshop or coaching session. Including detailed step-by-step facilitator notes, editable handouts, tailorable slides, videos and more!
You don't need to follow this word for word but it will certainly save you time in preparing a tailored workshop for your own audience.
5. If you want to be as fully prepared and confident in all aspects of DISC then it is worth developing your own skills by taking part in an approved or certified programme. A one day Approved Trainer workshop will get you up and running quickly. If you want to be formally certified then the Everything DiSC Workplace Facilitator accredited programme is the way to go! To find out which training programme is right for you, have a read of this blog post.
For more details about DISC and how it can help you, your colleagues or your clients to build better workplace relationships, just contact us. We are always happy to help.