Effective Debriefing Tools & Techniques

Ms Dawn Cummings1
1Training Wheels, LITTLETON, United States


Are you good at the games but not so good at the debrief? Do you ask questions and get blank stares from your participants? This workshop will focus on 10 effective debriefing tools and techniques that are simple and easy to use. We will break each technique down and demonstrate different games or activities teaching the concept.

Debriefing is a term used to describe a question and answer session with participants. These talking sessions are generally thought to be a ‘sit down’ circle where the Facilitator asks questions and the participants answer. Although this can be an effective debriefing technique, if it is the only technique used, participants can become bored with it and can become easily distracted.

Debriefing an experience helps participants connect lessons and activities they learned to the outside world. If participants are not allowed to reflect on their experiences, then a lot of the learning may be lost. Mixing up your debriefing techniques will keep participants engaged in what they are learning and allow you to create more teachable moments.

Learning Outcomes:
• Provide a forum to break down the debriefing process into 10 simple & effective debriefing techniques, as well as introduce innovative processing tools that demonstrate each technique. Attendees will receive a stellar handout with instructions for activities presented.
• To facilitate the value of mixing up your processing methods so participants & facilitators do not get stuck in a rut.
• To deliver the workshop in a hands-on, experiential way that involves attendees in the learning process.

Michelle Cummings M.S. is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the Team Development industry. She is an accomplished author and is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work.

Michelle has authored 5 books to date and a 6th is in its final stages. She is also the author of the women’s fiction novel, The Reel Sisters.

Michelle, along with Dr. Jim Cain and Jennifer Stanchfield are the authors of the renowned book, A Teachable Moment, A Facilitator’s Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing, and Reflection. The book has over 120 different processing tools, activities, and techniques for facilitators.

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