Practical, Fun & Engaging Debrifing Strategies Students Love

Mr Mark Collard1
1playmeo Pty Ltd, Croydon Hills, Australia


Many group facilitators, even those with many years experience, feel very comfortable and competent exercising the ‘hard skills’ required of their profession, such as ‘how to write a report’ or ‘deliver an interesting powerpoint presentation.’ But most facilitators feel the least comfortable in exercising the ‘soft skills’ of their profession such as debriefing a group’s experience or managing the many personalities of their group.

In this practical, interactive workshop, Mark will present a series of innovative, simple and engaging strategies which will help you become more effective at drawing valuable learning from your group’s experiences. As this session will demonstrate, debriefing skills are much more than just asking a series of questions in a circle.

Mark will share his favourite step-by-step group processing model which will help you draw learning from every outdoor (and indoor) experience you deliver. Most of these simple and fun strategies require no equipment and will refresh your existing programs (and enthusiasm for debriefing & reflection activities) immediately.

In this blended workshop, you will learn a wide variety of very simple, highly interactive and innovative debriefing & reflection strategies which you can use immediately in your setting to help your groups learn and grow.

Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author and the founder of a small professional development business called ‘playmeo.’ His passion lies in a strong belief that group games & activities are a powerful (and attractive) way to help people connect, and knows – after working with tens of thousands of people all over the world – that strong and trusting relationships amplify the results of whatever you’re trying to get done. Mark is an expert at helping outdoor leaders learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate people to participate and get along. He has written five top-selling books including No Props No Problem, Count Me In and Serious Fun which are sold worldwide. In addition to his innovative training workshops, Mark is best known for having developed the largest online resource of 400+ group games & activities which are specifically designed to invite people to play, interact, share and build healthy and trusting relationships.

Professionally, Mark sits on the Board of Outdoors Victoria and is a member of many national and international experiential education associations. He holds Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and MBA degrees, and is listed as an ‘expert witness’ for adventure-based activities on the Victorian County Court register. On a personal note, Mark has been struck by lightning twice, can’t back-up a car towing a trailer to save himself and has camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for three days (as part of a logging protest).

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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