almost three decades, I have been involved in training adults in many different environments. I started as a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor in the early 1970s, with the approach that there was just one way to train. That way was autocratic, rigid, and left little room for individualism or creativity. Since then, I have come a long way in my thinking, just as many of you likely have since you started your training and presentation careers. Having worked in profit, not for profit, nonprofit, government, and volunteer organizations, and as a consultant to many major companies and organizations, I have been able to see and try many strategies for training adults. Some approaches have been more effective than others.
When I look back on the environment of the military classroom, I certainly understand the theory and reason behind what we did based on the need to train people to respond to orders unquestioningly. I also recognize the need NOT to try a similar approach with today's participants and in a business environment.
My awareness of the need to change and do things differently in the learning environment brings me to the purpose and intent of The Creative Training Idea Book. For many years, I have researched and practiced new and innovative techniques and strategies that can capture and hold participant attention while enhancing learning. I have come full circle since my days of military directives and lectures. Today, I attempt to incorporate a more open, participant-centric approach to learning. Through application of brain-based learning concepts, which employ a variety of elements such as color, sound, images, aromas, activity, and music, I strive to tap into various levels of brain activity. My purpose in doing so is to induce and expand learning and assist in retention of ideas, information, and concepts. In writing this book, I want to share the best practices that I have experienced and used.
The need for changing thinking about how adults learn and should be trained is necessary because the world of business is different today. Program attendees are better educated, more diverse, and more exposed to the world than they have ever been. They also have a lot of creative ideas to offer based on their personal observations and experiences. Failure to recognize these factors, and act on them appropriately when interacting with your learners in a training environment, can result in failure of programs and apathy among trainees and their supervisors.
Today, organizations have embraced the concept of learning organizations. Billions of dollars are being spent annually to qualify employees to compete better in a global market. Technology is readily available and being used in training at an escalating pace, with e-learning being the catch phrase for the early part of the twenty-first century. All of this requires the trainer, facilitator, and presenter of the new millennium to stretch his or her imagination and look for innovative ways to engage and challenge learners. This requires thinking "outside the box" when designing training programs and materials and pulling on knowledge that trainees already possess to make their learning experience much more fulfilling and FUN!
That's where The Creative Training Idea Book can help. By providing a comprehensive resource of research on learning, creative tips, techniques, and sources for obtaining innovative and inexpensive items to add pizzazz to any training program, I hope to spark your imagination. I also intend to provide you with a valuable tool for future reference in your efforts to create the best possible learning environment and experience for your audiences.
As I developed this book, every attempt was made to identify the originator of all referenced activities and content. Because trainers regularly modify and pass along information and activities, the origins of some material may not have been possible to ascertain. For material included that was not properly credited, I apologize and thank you for your creativity in developing it. If you contact me, we will make appropriate corrections in future editions.
Enjoy reading The Creative Training Idea Book; if you have questions or additional tips and ideas you would like to share, please contact me at:
Creative Presentation Resources, Inc.
P.O. Box 180487
Casselberry, FL 32718-0487
EMAIL: [email protected]
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