Behind the Mask , Learning Transactional Thinking An engaging and interactive group series designed around creating a personal mask and exploring the dynamics behind the mask. This activity sets the tone for the event and is a pre-cursor for introducing participants to a new social theory and the science of learning for the 21st century. Transactional Thinking. The module guides participants through a step by step process on how to activate transactional thinking and teaches participants how to identify unwanted behavior patterns and the ongoing learning required to deconstruct same. The customized presentation is a program series designed for interactive group participation and open discussion reflecting on the masks we all wear, consciously or subconsciously. Program Objectives and Outcomes 1. Participants are given a mask to artfully decorate. Participants are then asked to write three words on the front of the mask that describes how others perceive them. Participants then turn the mask over and write self-reflecting words to describe what is lurking behind the mask; "if they really knew me." Participants will demonstrate understanding of the symbolism behind the mask construction through interactive group discussions and visual aids. 2. Participants will be introduced to the model of Transactional Thinking, the science of learning. Participants will incorporate the words they selected in the mask construction and learn how to organize the words within the context and dimensions of the model. 3. Participants will understand the concept term "triggers" as used in the model and demonstrate the ability to re-organize "traits" into "triggers". Participants will fill in a paper outline of a mask and apply an overlay of the model as an illustration of the overlap and sameness found between "traits" from the mask and "triggers" of transactional thinking. 4. Participants will study the three dimensions of the model; a) Add b) Balance c) Create and demonstrate an understanding of each dimension through a group exercise systemically organizing the "triggers" within the dimensions while exploring the cause and effect between the triggers and the dimensions. 5. By the end of the program participants will have designed a personal home model of transactional thinking to use as an interactive daily tool for reinforcing transactional thinking and developing self-awareness skills to continue the ongoing process of deconstructing the “triggers” (negative patterns of behavior). Please contact me with any questions, together we can make your event an "aha" opportunity for attendees!