Grabbing Attention

So much of the success of your training initiatives is dependent on the initial approach you take. Underestimating the need to start off with a powerful introduction could be a serious mistake. By slowly drifting into your topic or unemotionally greeting participants when presenting a session overview, you can lose learner attention. Once this has occurred, you may never be able to fully rekindle a spark of curiosity and interest. To that end, make your opening remarks with enthusiasm. Put...

The Impact of Color

Marketing experts have known and used that knowledge for decades. Those who excel in successfully selling products to the public often do so through the use of color. For example, Heath12 relates how when Tide detergent was created in the 1950s, white (symbolizing cleanliness and purity) was selected for the detergent and bright orange (bold, bright, powerful) was chosen to contrast with the gold (rich, valuable) on the package. Color can be used to attract participant...

Jigsaw Puzzles

Most people learn to put jigsaw puzzles together as children. They can often recall spending hours trying to assemble the odd shaped pieces to form a picture just like the one on the box. The challenge and feeling of satisfaction after completing the puzzle (especially when there were 500 or more pieces) is exhilarating and provides a feeling of accomplishment. Similarly, you can help participants recall those youthful feelings by incorporating jigsaw puzzles into your programs. Jigsaws can be...

Resources for Trainers

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Interim Reviews

Earlier in the book, you read about interim reviews and how they can be used at various points to verify that participants are getting key information from the session. Placed at various points throughout your sessions, the reviews provide an opportunity to reinforce learning, cause a break in the flow of information, identify issues or points that need additional review or reinforcement, and provide fun while rewarding participants. While doing the reviews, learners consciously review material...

General Energizers

Building quick energizing activities of 5 minutes or less into your programs can help increase participant alertness and enhance learning because the blood will start pumping and ultimately stimulate the brain. Many brain researchers have discovered that giving learners a break every 60-90 minutes can help invigorate and rejuvenate energy levels. When you see energy levels and enthusiasm dropping in your session, or directly following a break, take a few minutes to move people around in the...

Glossary of Terms

Accelerated learning uses a wide variety of experiential learning activities, such as role-plays, games, metaphors, music, props, and images that appeal to all five learner senses. Active learning describes training in which participants put forth much of the effort to make learning occur. It is brain based, energized, engaging, challenging, and fun. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is U.S. Federal legislation that guarantees people with actual or perceived disabilities, and those with a...

Icebreakers

There are literally endless possibilities related to helping participants relax and get to know one another at the beginning of a session. Even if you are conducting a short 1-hour presentation, you should include an icebreaker of 5 minutes to get learners into the right frame of mind. An icebreaker is typically a structured activity designed to encourage networking, relaxation, and brief introductions. They should be fast paced, upbeat, and fun. They are not necessarily content driven,...

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Hollow Square and Solid Square Style Seating with Tables Figure 513

This configuration uses rectangular tables in two different variations and offers the same advantages and disadvantages as the circular style seating configuration. FIGURE 5-12. Rounds style seating with tables FIGURE 5-13. Hollow square and solid square style seating with tables FIGURE 5-12. Rounds style seating with tables FIGURE 5-13. Hollow square and solid square style seating with tables

Open Square Style Seating with Tables Figure 514

Similar to the hollow and solid square style seating, this option to the circular style seating allows good group interaction. By removing one of the tables, you can enter the square to better interact and make eye contact with learners. You can also use a flip chart for capturing ideas and comments. All advantages and disadvantages of the hollow square and solid square style seating are the same, except that the facilitator is no longer on an equal status with participants. As a result,...

Getting Acquainted Activities

The amount and quality of in-class communication between you and participants, and among participants, can often directly impact the success of a session. One of the key differences between pedagogy and andragogy is the experience level of adult learners. Providing opportunities for participants to share their knowledge and expertise is important. Often, communication can be facilitated through activities in which learners have a chance to get to know one another, build rapport, and share what...

Crescent Style Seating without Tables Figure 517

Circular Style Seating

This arrangement offers many of the advantages of circular style seating while creating a central trainer position. The crescent configuration is also a little more formal than the circular style, yet less so than with the use of tables. Audiovisual aids can also be used. There is no writing surface for participants. FIGURE 5-17. Crescent style seating without tables with VCR, overhead projector, and flip chart FIGURE 5-17. Crescent style seating without tables with VCR, overhead projector, and...