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Energize Your Training

Book Description

Trainers are always looking for new and more effective ways to gain and hold the attention of their learners—and this book is chock-full of proven tips and strategies from master trainer Robert W. Lucas. This book provides hundreds of quick ideas that will get participants engaged and primed for learning from uncovering learner needs to creating stimulating environments to managing time and groups to using powerful learning aids and more. This comprehensive resource provides concepts and solutions for every aspect of training delivery, covering environmental features such as the organization of the room; learner characteristics such as learning modalities, multiple intelligences, and generational and cultural differences; facilitation techniques that enable readers to energize and manage their classrooms; and learning aids that range from the basic to the technologically advanced.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter 1 - Assessing and Addressing Learners' Needs
    1. 5 Suggestions for Identifying Learner Needs
    2. 13 Methods for Giving Learners What They Want or Need
    3. 10 Ways to Address Learner Expectations
  8. Chapter 2 - Creating Memorable Events
    1. 9 Approaches to Building Powerful Learning Events
    2. 6 Important Scheduling Considerations
    3. 14 Creative Ideas for Saving Classroom Time
  9. Chapter 3 - Developing Powerful Learning Aids
    1. 6 Techniques for Using Low-Tech Training Aids
    2. 14 Creative Ways to Work with Flip Charts
    3. 7 Tips for Designing Stimulating Handouts
    4. 6 Ideas for Boosting the Power of Slides
    5. 9 Suggestions for Training with Video Clips
  10. Chapter 4 - Creating a Stimulating Environment
    1. 4 Ways to Organize Your Room for Maximum Effectiveness
    2. 12 Tips for Adding Color to a Room
    3. 9 Approaches to Using Music in Training
    4. 8 Creative Ways to Enhance the Learning Environment
  11. Chapter 5 - Starting with a Bang!
    1. 4 Tricks for Using Novelty to Introduce Yourself and Your Topic
    2. 7 Tips for Facilitating Learner Interaction
    3. 8 Tactics for Gaining and Holding Learner's Attention
  12. Chapter 6 - Connecting with Learners
    1. 8 Strategies for Building Trust with Learners
    2. 9 Tactics for Effective Verbal Communication
    3. 10 Techniques for Harnessing Powerful Nonverbal Cues
    4. 16 Means of Using Questioning Effectively
    5. 11 Strategies for Providing Feedback to Learners
  13. Chapter 7 - Getting Learners' Brains in Gear
    1. 12 Ways to Aid Information Processing
    2. 22 Strategies for Tapping into Learning Modalities
    3. 8 Strategies for Tapping Various Intelligences
  14. Chapter 8 - Engaging Your Learners
    1. 7 Ways to Get Learners Involved in the Action
    2. 12 Tips for Using Energizers to Stimulate Learners
    3. 13 Strategies for Adding Props to Your Presentation
  15. Chapter 9 - Keeping It Positive
    1. 8 Strategies for Making a Positive First Impression
    2. 7 Approaches for Demonstrating a Positive Attitude
    3. 6 Ways to Create a Positive Atmosphere
    4. 6 Means of Closing Sessions on a Positive Note
  16. Chapter 10 - Managing Unique Groups and Individuals
    1. 5 Strategies for Dealing with New Generations of Learners
    2. 9 Strategies for Communicating with Cross-Cultural Learners
    3. 5 Ways to Assist Learners with Special Needs
    4. 6 Techniques to Engage Quiet Learners
    5. 5 Means of Restraining Class Clowns
    6. 6 Tips for Quieting Chatty Learners
    7. 7 Tactics for Handling Experts or Know-It-Alls
    8. 5 Methods of Handling Inconsiderate Learners
    9. 7 Procedures for Dealing with Domineering Learners
    10. 5 Strategies for Working with Mature Learners
  17. Chapter 11 - Reinforcing Learning Through Review and Repetition
    1. 4 Ideas for Reviewing Key Learning Concepts
    2. 8 Activities That Use Props for Content Review
    3. 4 Ways to Validate Learning and Close the Session
  18. Chapter 12 - Transferring Learning to the Job
    1. 12 Strategies That Lead to Learning Transfer
    2. 10 Methods for Enhancing Learning Transfer
    3. 12 Ways to Involve Supervisors in the Learning Transfer Process
    4. 9 Techniques That Reinforce Learning on the Job
  19. Chapter 13 - Evaluating Training Results
    1. 8 Ways to Monitor Learners' Feelings During Training
    2. 5 Options for Tracking Learners' Progress
  20. Appendix A: Applying Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory of Motivation to Training
  21. Appendix B: Creative Strategies for Selecting Volunteers
  22. Appendix C: Creatively Grouping Participants
  23. Resources
  24. About the Author
  25. Index