Author and communication expert Bert Decker has developed a matrix that shows how to move your communications from information to influence. Yesterday's post was about the educational process. This process combines the active and intellect sides of the matrix.
To move people from passive to active, there are many options. One of the most important is to convey our energy and enthusiasm, which resonates in the listener. It's hard to be passive when someone is excited, but it's easy when someone is uninteresting, low on energy, and monotonous.
There are several things you can do that deal more with content and process. You can ask questions, getting people to think. You can do interactive exercises, or take people through simulated exercise or though processes. How about fill-in-the-blanks in handouts? However you can, get people involved, and move them from passive to active by interacting with them.
Tomorrow: The Memorable Process.