Tip #944: The Trainer’s Nightmare: One Solution

It is a trainer’s nightmare: you realize you have misjudged the timing and run out of content and learning activities, while there are still two hours left in the training day! Don’t panic! If you can’t simply let the participants leave early and you want to make the learning experience as rich and useful as […]

Tip #934: How to Get Participant Buy-In

One key to a successful training program is to help participants realize at the beginning of the session how the training will benefit them. They need to decide this for themselves. If the trainer tells them why it should be important to them, they will be less likely to buy in. The trainer has to […]

Tip #933:  Why Did It Happen- and What Can We Learn From It?

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”  Margaret J. Wheatley In participative learning, it is important that each learning activity be debriefed to give the participants an opportunity to reflect on their experience and reinforce their learning. It is just as important to have […]

Tip #932:  Don’t Be Afraid to Use Participatory Learning Activities-Part Two

“The teacher must adopt the role of facilitator, not content provider.” Lev S. Vygotsky In Part One, we addressed two concerns about using participatory learning activities. We pointed out that there are many participant-centered activities that are easy to create, take little time to deliver, and cost next to nothing. We also discussed that, regardless […]

Tip #931:  Don’t Be Afraid to Use Participatory Learning Activities-Part On

“Knowledge is the antidote to fear.” Ralph Waldo Emerson The idea of using participatory learning activities is alarming to many trainers for three basic reasons. First, they operate under the mistaken assumption that participatory activities require a great deal of time and money to create and deliver. Second, they fear that they will lose credibility […]

Tip #930: Make Experiential Learning Feel Safe for Introverts

“Everyone should have an opportunity to learn in a positive environment, to enjoy the learning process, and feel comfortable and content with it.”  Barry Saide In a recent article in Entrepreneur, Angela Cox identifies a number of problems with many gamification-style learning experiences. She notes that they can marginalize and make introverts feel unsafe and […]

Tip #925: Active and Playful Learning is Appreciated Everywhere

“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. “ G. K. Chesterton Even after all of these years of setting up training rooms to engage as many senses as possible, I still get nervous about how well it will be received by certain audiences. A case in point: […]

Tip #915:  Forty Ways to Leave Your Trainees

“The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.”  G. K. Chesterton There are various states of mind that trainers can stir in their trainees. Some of these states of mind are desirable and others are not. With an […]

Tip #868: How to Immediately Get Learner Engagement

“Teaching is a strategic act of engagement.” James Bellanca I absolutely hate repeating something without providing proper attribution. I usually note down sources, so I don’t know why I didn’t in this case. Unfortunately, after two hours trying to locate the source of the following information, I have been unsuccessful. I offer abject apologies to […]

Tip #864: Great Virtual Learning Activities- Part Two

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” Brian Herbert In the last Tip, I shared virtual learning activities for developing preprogram content, starting-before-you-start, and helping participants minimize distractions- all drawn from Cindy Huggett’s Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide […]

Tip #863: Great Virtual Learning Activities- Part One

“Virtual training: a highly interactive, synchronous online, instructor-led training class, with defined learning objectives, that has geographically dispersed participants, each one individually connected using a web classroom platform.” Cindy Huggett I’ve just finished reading Cindy Huggett’s Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide to Live Online Learning. It is excellent, and I strongly recommend […]

Tip #858: Kinesthetic Activities for Virtual Training Programs- Part Two

“Movement can be an effective cognitive strategy to (1) strengthen learning, (2) improve memory and retrieval, and (3) enhance learner motivation and morale” Eric Jensen There are kinesthetic activities that can be used to get participants up and out of their seats during virtual presentations. Six that immediately come to mind include:  (1) common ground […]