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1. What is the minimum and maximum number of participants for Dress Rehearsal?
2. How long is a Dress Rehearsal session?
Optionally, a 2 to 4 hour detailed debrief can be held the following morning in which participants look more broadly at their teams and organizations and make some specific action plans regarding what they've learned.
If you can spare the time, we recommend adding the morning debrief. It's amazing how much more clearly participants can summarize and apply their learning after they've had a night to rest and reflect.
On the other hand, we have run many, many one-day sessions and we know just where to focus when all we have is a single day.
3. How does team structure work in a Dress Rehearsal session?
Every team has an overall leader, called the "Conductor," and an organization chart with two layers under each leader. In sessions with two tables or more, a "Facilitator" helps to coach and manage each table.
Participants always hold the Conductor role(s); they can also hold the Facilitator role(s). Both require pre-training as outlined below in FAQ #6 (Participant Pre-work).
Optionally, the Facilitator role(s) may be played by members of our team. However, participants in the role uniformly report that they enjoyed the process, and it is our experience that they learn at least as much as other participants do. For that reason, and to save cost, we generally recommend using your team for the role instead of ours.
4. What are the Space Requirements for a Dress Rehearsal?
Imagine, as an example, taking two typical "classroom style" training tables of 5' x 2' and placing them side-by-side to form a thick rectangle. If you had enough room for people to stand an all sides of the rectangle, and enough room for them to create a circle of chairs next to it (as opposed to around it), that's a perfect space for one team of 7 to14 people. Multiply that by the number of teams you'll have and you have an idea of the room size needed.
5. What are the A/V and Setup Requirements for a Dress Rehearsal?
The room needs, at a minimum, a PC projection system with audio capability for video clips. For sessions with two or more teams, a microphone for the presenter is needed, ideally a wireless lavalier if available. For sessions with three or more teams, it is often advisable to have at least two projection screens for better visibility. It is not necessary to have any "back of room" A/V personnel on site during the session, though our presenters can certainly work with them if they are in place.
6. What participant prework or preparation is required for a Dress Rehearsal?
Participants playing the role of "Conductor" as defined in FAQ #3 (Team Stucture) will require 30 minutes of training. We schedule this as a closed session, in the same room, immediately before the program starts. For example, we may do Conductor training from 8:00am to 8:30am and start the full session at 8:30am.
Participants playing the role of Facilitator as defined in FAQ #3 (Team Structure) will require 3 hours of preparatory training. This is best held in person, the day before the session.
7. What organizer prework or preparation is required for a Dress Rehearsal?
Second, for sessions with more than one team, Facilitator pre-training as outlined above in FAQ #3 (Team Structure) if the intent is to use participants as Facilitators.
Third, organizers provide input into participant roles. At a minimum, they must define who will play the Conductor and Facilitator role(s) so that preparatory training can be arranged as described in FAQ #6 (Participant Prework). For sessions with multiple teams, organizers may choose to predefine the membership of each team as well, as there may be good reasons either to keep people together who normally work together or to intermix them.
8. Can I become a Dress Rehearsal Instructor? If so, how difficult is it? How do I do it?
Train-the-trainer requires that you first experience the simulation as a participant, and then complete a training program of about 1 day in duration that will prepare you to run the session.
9. Is Dress Rehearsal affordable?
Another important factor in affordability is the question of who is delivering the session. When our team delivers, of course, you pay for our time in addition to materials. If you’re planning to run multiple sessions, train-the-trainer may be an option (see FAQ #8 - Become a Dress Rehearsal Instructor). Once certification is complete, your cost is limited to simulator rental and materials for attendees.
Generally speaking, if you have a development budget for your group, if you’re accustomed to bringing experts and trainers on-site, and if you’ve got a clear business need for the benefits of Dress Rehearsal, the pricing won’t be an obstacle.
10. How much will a Dress Rehearsal disrupt the work flow of our daily business?
Once the program has ended, the positive impact begins. We’ve had groups who, using what they learned, reworked a few regular meetings within a couple of weeks to make them more effective. Other clients have reported an increase in communication and clear language around resource sharing that was notably absent prior to working through the simulation together.
The question you have to ask yourself, and the question we’ll be asking you in our intake discussion, will be whether the benefit is worth the cost. Does your group face the kind of challenges the training is designed to address, and will Dress Rehearsal help? If so, you should see a net improvement to your daily work flow within a few weeks to a month. If not, you shouldn’t conduct the session. And that’s the same question you should ask about any live training session you’re contemplating.
11. Can we use a Dress Rehearsal as a live working session for our current issues?
In the debrief discussions – particularly if you opt for the extended debrief and application session the following morning – there’s more room to bring current issues into the discussion and make plans to address them.
It’s also worth mentioning that, if what you want is a real, action-learning session – one in which your team works together on the specific issues they face, while learning and experimenting with new behaviors – we offer that as a separate product. It’s not Dress Rehearsal, but it is something we do, and you can contact us here to learn more about it.
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