Our energy affects the group - if we role model high energy, the group will follow. I am sure many of us as students have experienced that class/workshop that we just couldn't stay awake through. Maybe you had a professor with the voice of Ben Stein or the material covered in class was so boring that everyone around you seemed tired. Regardless of the reasoning, I have an insight for you!
Energy is contagious!
As a student, try livening up a class discussion with something controversial and see how people's reactions change. As a professor/facilitator/trainer, demonstrate positive body language and bring your voice up a notch or two. The changes can be almost instantaneous. I know in RAPP, when our group appears to be running out of gas, I am no stranger to dancing across the room, singing, or setting up a photo booth for silly poses.
If you "go there" with your energy, your group's will likely follow!
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