The Observer

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Observers are not only experienced as APO presenters (certified) but also as presenters and facilitators in general. These are the people who are most directly responsible for guiding the development of presenters by providing them with feedback. Observers will provide feedback on first presentations.

The Observer Process

Successful observers are people who excel in evaluating presentation and facilitation skills and, more importantly, are successful in delivering feedback on those skills in a manner that allows growth for the presenter.

The path for becoming an observer is not always linear, but consists of four key pieces:

Practice, Practice, Practice
Initially, the Observer in Training will act as an 'apprentice' under the direction of an experienced observer. As the Observer in Training becomes comfortable giving appropriate feedback, the Observer in Training will take on a primary role in the feedback process. During this process, the Observer in Training will learn to give both positive and negative feedback in a supportive manner.

An Observer in Training may wish to apprentice a Basic Skills course, or assist with a content training course. Running a small group for a content training course or assisting with observations for the Basic Skills courses require all of the observation skills and a sufficient comfort with the course content to provide feedback on each presentation. For the content training courses, this comfort level is somewhat deeper than that of a course director. If attending the content training as a participant, you will not be able to do your observer in training observation, as your focus needs to be on the content training.

Brothers interested in becoming an observer should keep in mind that one of the hardest things about being an observer is telling a friend and Brother that his/her skills are not strong enough to advance, but in a manner that will not deter him/her from continuing with the presenter-in-training program. Not everyone will be a brilliant presenter right away. Observing and presenting require a set of skills that needs to be developed.

Is it for you?

Like all personal and professional development, becoming an observer does take time. However we have become sensitve to a volunteers resource of time, utilizing webinar technology for inital trainings and doing live trainings at conferences where you are most likely to be. We also have the ability to do stand alone trainings. Lastly there is no time limit on the process you can proceed at you own rate, fast or slow!

If you are interested in becoming an observer, or know some one who would make a good observer, let the training team know here

Your job as an observer

Once you have completed the process of becoming an observer. you will have the responsibility of helping presenters become better as well as making the decision if they should be promoted to the next level for APO Leads. When you are asked to observe a course that you are not trained in we ask that you meet with the director of the course prior to making your recommendations to promotions. After you have finished observing it will be your responsibility to give oral feed back to the participant as well as fill out the Google form for feed back no more than 3 weeks after the course. If a promotion occurred it will be your responsibility to make those changes on the national website.


Here you can find the form for evaluation of observers

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