Keep DiSC in learners’ minds
Moving from “one and done” to “return and learn.”
One of the biggest challenges for a trainer is finding ways to keep the training in the minds of the participants after you’ve left them. How can you keep reminding them of what they learned? How can you ask them to continue using their new skills or new learning?
Many people who have taken an Everything DiSC assessment can be given access to two different online platforms that help keep learners engaged. Both MyEverythingDiSC™ and the newer Catalyst™ platforms provide learners continuous access to their profiles, to basic information about DiSC, and the ability to compare their styles to that of colleagues. Many trainers assign style comparisons or additional review between sessions. These sites are great to return to before meeting with a new colleague or your manager or direct report(s). Over 70% of learners are returning to the Catalyst platform to learn more, review their style, get communicatin tips, or compare with others in their organization.
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If learners share a physical or virtual workspace, encourage them to post their styles or their Everything DiSC Workplace® Style Guides.
In our office, we have our Style Guides posted by our desks. We have team style posters up around the office to keep DiSC top of mind.
Managers and team leaders can keep DiSC visible by sharing stories about how they recently used DiSC in their work or day-to-day activities. They can even arrive at a meeting wearing an Everything DiSC Needs Magnetic Tag to remind everyone of DiSC priorities. For greater engagement, they can occasionally share articles on issues of communication, emotional intelligence, leadership, or whatever was brought up by your learners during training or during any needs assessment you conducted.
We have a collection of DiSC activities that aren't all found in the facilitation kits.
There are a few obvious times when returning to your Everything DiSC profiles will be useful: when forming a new team, before a performance review or feedback session, during onboarding a new employee, when planning a celebration, before kicking off a new project, or when facing a major change or conflict. Review how people prefer to work, to get feedback, to get recognition, etc.
Consider scheduling a short follow-up training session a few weeks after your first. Ask participants to send you questions about Everything DiSC or how to apply it. Review notes from the initial session for topics in which they showed interest.
Quick team activities
Before or near the end of a meeting run these short exercises (written from facilitator to learners)
- Pick a customer or client and try to determine their style based on what you know about them. What clues were you looking for?
- Let's revisit the (D, Di, iD, i, iS, Si, S, SC, CS, C, CD, DC) DiSC style. How have you needed to use or stretch to that style this week?
- What activity or action have you done this week that reflects your DiSC style?
- Pick a different DiSC style than your own. How might you best communicate with someone of that style in an email, a phone call, or a video chat?
- List three priorities from one of the Everything DiSC maps. Can you guess which style or styles they apply to? For example, stability, reliability, and dependability are all priorities for the S style (but from Workplace, Management, and Sales profiles).
- Do one of the activities suggested in the QuikDiSC® Card Deck. Choose a card you think is your greatest strength. Share how that strength has caused you a problem at one time or another.
Sometimes your first session is spent with learners focused on their own styles and learning the DiSC model. Why not add another session focused on people-reading or on group dynamics? There's a 30-minute people-reading module in the Everything DiSC Workplace Facilitation Kit. The Everything DiSC Group Culture or Facilitator Report can be very helpful as they present the group's style and offer discussion questions about the implications of the group’s tendencies.
Consider asking learners if there are topics that they'd like to focus on or discuss in the future. If several topics are suggested, have them vote for three. Offer to work with the program sponsor to schedule a time and/or place for these reaction groups to meet. You can offer them topical resources and/or facilitation.
Consider conducting training focused on a new profile from the Everything DiSC application suite. We recommend Everything DiSC Agile EQ for any group. Perhaps you'll want to improve everyone's leadership skills with Everything DiSC Work of Leaders, or their sales or management or conflict skills with other available profiles.
Several of our clients have put their people through more than one DiSC profile experience. But sometimes instead of offering another Everything DiSC profile, they will use The Five Behaviors Team Development which includes a review of DiSC. Already having a shared grounding in the Everything DiSC model can accelerate progress toward building more cohesive teams.
Everything DiSC application suite
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team suite
Keeping DiSC in your learner's mind requires planning and creativity. We encourage trainers to consider what happens after the training while they are planning their session(s).