Aaaaaand after Overclock 2013 north of Manila, I ran to Laguna to co-facilitate the FSA Leaders Camp. Good thing I was not really in-charge of the Day 1 stuff so I have no worries coming in late. :p My task at the FSA camp was to facilitate the non-technical side of it which involves leadership and team building activities. On Day 1, the awesome MozMen handled informing the ambassadors all the stuff they need to know about Mozilla and some basic tips on handling the audience of the talks for each product/program. Some shots of the night:
Before everyone retire for the night, I left them with a little message regarding trust being the foundation of the team, as demonstrated on a simple trust activity:
Participants have to form two lines facing each other and they have to lean on their partners to stand while I instruct them to take a step back with their palms in contact with their partner, who they have just met.
The next day after a little energizing game of Simon Says, we challenged the FSA’s with the Helium Stick.
Given a long stick made of soft drinking straws, they have to put it down together with only one index finger for each hand of the member. Facilitators must ensure that all fingers are in contact with the stick at the same time, all of the time in the process.
Some had difficulties while there are some who finished it quickly. Some members are somehow fighting at some instances! Well, the goal of the activity is to teach how the members should deal with the differences in their team and how important it is to be of the same level with everyone in order to accomplish your team goals.
We had some processing of the activity and then I discussed what the good qualities of a leader are. After which, we had them think of ideas on what should be improved on the FSA program or what events should we do/ they would love to see done.
Next skill to develop is their public speaking skill. I discussed some tips on presenting and had them identify what qualities do they remember from a good speaker that they have met in the past.
We also identified their public speaking skills by lining up to how they would rate their skill as I mention it.
We then had a Spectogram session where issues within the Mozilla community were raised and they have to express their opinion about it.
With all the discussion about public speaking and some exercises on speaking up their mind, they are now set to the presentation challenge! Each team randomly picked a topic then they have to discuss it to different types of non-Mozillian audience to convince them to use it/ contribute to it. They also have to answer the questions raised by the audience.
After the presentation challenge, we had our last team games which include a caterpillar and a relay game. For the caterpillar game, team members will search for items on the field while blindfolded, except for their chosen team leader who will guide them without talking to them.
We then had a relay of unusual activities where each station has some ordinary activities going on but then they should do it a little different from the conventional way. (Got this idea from our company team building activity, hahaha)
And the overall winners! Team Hermes!
We had some processing of the activities and said our personal messages to the FSA’s. We commended everyone’s dedication to our community and we emphasized their roles not just as FSA’s but as leaders of their respective clubs. We emphasized that all stuff that we have learned here are meant to be shared to their respective clubs. So off you go and educate!
It was indeed a productive weekend full of learning and teaching at the FSA Camp! We are just proud of these leads and I am sure they will continue making the Philippine community proud! We are looking forward to them applying what they have learned that weekend!