People around the word have had to adjust to a new reality over the last 16 months or so, and make the best of what we are able to do. Next up in our series of Personality Dimensions® Pandemic Pastimes with Master Trainers is Angela Shik. Angela is the director of Dr. Motivate, the Personality Dimensions® distributor in Hong Kong and Macau SAR, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan. Angela checked in with us after completing her first PD in the workshop…
As we are rearranging our lives around COVID-19, we are experimenting with new ways to keep our training alive, while maintaining social distance. More importantly, we would like to bring positive energy to our clients through the Personality Dimensions® training program. We hope people could take their minds off the stress related to COVID-19 in the few hours they are learning about Personality Dimensions® and enjoying the outdoors.
Although we have been conducting Personality Dimensions® training for many years, we have never delivered a PD workshop in the wild outdoors. Therefore, we consulted Plain Hiker, a company which specializes in designing trail journeys to meet different learning goals.
After detailed planning and route testing, we finally conducted our first PD in the Wild at Tung Chung on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. We had 12 participants and to minimize social contact associated with the distribution of assessment materials, we asked them to complete PD-Online prior to the outdoor workshop. This not only saved us from having to carry all the assessment materials to the outdoor site, it also allowed the participants to complete the assessment in a location of their choice.
In terms of activities, we designed them with social distancing in mind. For brightening, we modified the Survivor Challenge from the Team Building Toolkit by asking each brightened group to find 10 essential items for their survival on the island. For blending, we developed a Campfire activity, and asked blended groups to start their own campfire with the materials provided. We then finished the day with Circle of Self.
We did not have a computer and screen to go through the PowerPoint presentation in the outdoor setting, but we used the PD for Youth pamphlet as a guide to go through the core needs, characteristics, likes, skills, strengths and potential weakness. We also decided to just give out the score sheet from the online report on the day of the event, and send out the soft copy of the full profile report after the event has been completed.
Overall, we had a lot of fun, and the feedback was positive for PD in the Wild! I think using PD-Online is a good way to minimize contact, and holding activities in the outdoors is a great way for our participants to get a breath of fresh air. We still have a lot of improvements to make for PD in the Wild, but I think we are off to a great outdoors start!
Angela W. Y. Shik is a Personality Dimensions Master Trainer. She is the Director of Dr Motivate, the Distributor or Personality Dimensions® training materials and programs in Hong Kong and Macau SAR, People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.
All three cofounders of Plain Hiker, Judy Chen, Heyman Chan, and Ferdinand Tsang are certified Personality Dimensions® Level 1 Facilitators