The Fearless Facilitator

April 2019
A Friendly Reminder
Fidelity Visit - The Take Charge Team is always excited when a new facilitator has the opportunity to conduct their first workshop! To make sure a new facilitator gets off to a good start and feels comfortable, they are paired up with an experienced one. We request that when you schedule a workshop which includes a new facilitator, you also schedule a Fidelity Visit for either the third or fourth session. A Fidelity Visit is a check-in to ensure the new facilitator is delivering the workshop as designed. To schedule a Fidelity Visit, please either use the Wufoo Take Charge Fidelity Visit Scheduling Form or contact Joan Fox at (708)383-0258 or joan.fox@ageoptions.org . Be mindful and d on't forget to let your participants know that a visitor will be attending the workshop. Thank you!
Tips & Tricks
Can your participants hear what you are saying? Can they see what you are writing? How can you tell? Well, just ask them…

At the beginning of your workshop when all the name tags have been written and the participants are seated and settled in to listen, give this a try. After you have read (or said in your own words) the first couple of introductory paragraphs of the leader’s manual, let the participants know that this will be the voice you will use throughout the workshop. Ask them if they can hear. If not, speak up; or you can always suggest they move closer.

Can everybody see and read brainstorm questions? Do your markers work? Does the text show up well on a white board or chart paper? What color markers are best for reading? The Take Charge Team has found that blue and black markers are the easiest colors for the participants to see and read. How do we know? We just asked them. We cannot always control the lighting at a location; sunshine could stream in through the windows or overhead lights could create a glare. Make sure your participants can read their ideas.

Do you have some tricks of the trade or a tip to to share? If so, please email Danielle Riley with your suggestions. Thanks!
Did You Know?
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month!

We've officially stepped into spring with more sunshine and rising temperatures. You know what that means... an increase in outdoor adventures and activities for exercise or leisure. Well it would only be right for us to talk about the importance of taking care of our feet with it being April and an entire month dedicated to foot health awareness!

With that said, check out this article in Healthbeat , a Harvard Medical School publication, for some tips on how to keep your feet healthy.
Mark Your Calendars
Take Charge of Your Health/Diabetes
Facilitator Crossover Training - Oak Park

  • June 10, 11, 17, 18 & 19 - Click here to register
  • September 9, 10, 16, 17, & 18 - Click here to register

Training will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of AgeOptions, 1048 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
and will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily

Take Charge of Your Health/Diabetes
Facilitator Crossover Training - Rockford

  • May 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Click here to register

Training will be held at the Heartland Community Church,
1280 S. Alpine Road, Rockford, IL 61108
Please contact Danica Gray at (815)490-1107 for more information
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