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Engage: The Trainer's Guide to Learning Styles

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Discover Your Training Style Strengths and Build Your Skills with Online Tools, Videos, and More

"A superb book that gives learning and development professionals in every industry an automatic must-read. This book is filled with wisdom and insight as well as clear analytic models and real actionable concrete steps." -- Bruce Tulgan, author of It's OK to Be the Boss and Managing Generation X

"Engage takes the innovation of 4MAT® and looks at it through the lens of the trainer. An engaging learning experience itself, Engage is full of interactive assessments, links to videos, and foolproof action plans and ideas designed to transform any learning event into a dynamic learning experience."-- Shelley Barnes, executive director, Field Education/Program Development, Aveda Corporation

For any trainer who needs easy-to-apply strategies that are grounded in solid research, Engage offers a hands-on guide to understanding learning styles. It includes a four-step model for engaging all learning styles in any learning situation. The book integrates both the art and research-based science of strong instructional design reaching all learning styles with activities, tricks, and tips that are proven to boost skills quickly.

Filled with illustrative examples and online companion resources, the book explores the brain research that lays the foundation for the book's 4MAT? model and includes activities and strategies that can be applied for each step in the process. Engage also gives the reader access to an online version of the 4MAT? Training Style Inventory. The results of the assessment give a strengths score in four key training roles.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1: What Are Your Natural Training Strengths?
    1. The Trainer's Strengths
    2. Job of the Trainer
    3. Value of This Book
    4. Let's Get Started: Taking the Training Style Inventory® (TRSI® )
    5. The Four Training Approaches
    6. Four Trainer Type Assessments
    7. Your Learning Style: What You Look for, You Find
    8. Common Descriptions of Ideal Learning Environments
    9. Your Style: The Four Parts of the Learning Cycle
    10. Summary
    11. Identifying Areas of Opportunity
    12. FAQs
    13. REFLECT
    14. ACT
  9. Chapter 2: The Four Learning Styles in the Room
    1. What Is Learning?
    2. Your Learning Style
    3. The 4MAT Learning Styles
    4. Understanding Your Thinking Map
    5. Thinking Strengths of Each Style
    6. Functional Strengths of Each Style
    7. How Your Training Style Relates to the Needs of Each Learning Style
    8. Summary
    9. FAQs
    10. REFLECT
    11. ACT
  10. Chapter 3: 4MAT: The Four Steps of the Learning Cycle
    1. A Brief Tour of the Brain
    2. Brain Research on Learning
    3. The Four Steps
    4. Using the 4MAT Model to Design Learning
    5. The First Step: Engage
    6. The Second Step: Share
    7. The Third Step: Practice
    8. The Fourth Step: Perform
    9. Summary
    10. REFLECT
    11. ACT
  11. Chapter 4: Engage: The Art of Creating Powerful Openings
    1. What Happens in Engage
    2. Focus 1: Gaining Attention by Linking to What Learners Already Know
    3. Focus 2: Using Questions to Provoke Reflection, Generate Dialogue, and Guide the Movement of the Group
    4. Focus 3: Creating a Safe Learning Environment
    5. Five Ways to Enhance Learner Safety While Building a Sense of Community
    6. Summary
    7. REFLECT
    8. ACT
    9. Examples of Engage Activities
  12. Chapter 5: Share: Animating the Learning Content
    1. Two Channels of Delivery: Visual and Verbal
    2. The Verbal Channel: How to Organize Your Lecture
    3. The Visual Channel: Animating Lecture Using Visual Strategies
    4. Animating Lecture with Visual Organizers
    5. Animating Lecture with PowerPoint
    6. Summary
    7. REFLECT
    8. ACT
    9. Examples of Share Activities
  13. Chapter 6: Practice: Building Mastery Through Application
    1. Designing Outcome-Based Practice Activities
    2. Facilitating (Setting Up) Activities Effectively
    3. Observing Application
    4. Coaching and Debriefing
    5. Using Questions to Focus the Learner's Attention
    6. Coaching Assessment Tool
    7. Strategies That Work in Practice
    8. Summary
    9. REFLECT
    10. ACT
    11. Examples of Practice Activities
  14. Chapter 7: Perform: Assessing and Implementing
    1. What You Are Doing
    2. Encouraging Self-Assessment
    3. Gaining Commitment on Future Action
    4. Setting Up a Post-Training Implementation Plan
    5. The 24/7 Rule
    6. Organizing an On-the-Job Support Team
    7. Choosing On-the-Job Coaches
    8. Summary
    9. REFLECT
    10. ACT
    11. Activities for Perform
  15. Chapter 8: Engaging Virtual Training: How to Maximize Online Learning Impact
    1. Designing Your Virtual Session
    2. Engage
    3. Share
    4. Practice
    5. Perform
    6. Summary
    7. REFLECT
    8. ACT
  16. Chapter 9: Begin with the End in Mind
    1. Step 1: Clarifying Stakeholder Expectations and Analyzing the Performance Gap
    2. Step 2: Defining the Four Critical Learning Outcomes
    3. Step 3: Working with Subject Matter Experts to Focus Content and Skills Practice
    4. Example: Defining Outcomes for a Sales Training Course
    5. Engage: Delivering the Value Outcome
    6. Share: Delivering the Knowledge Outcome
    7. Practice: Delivering the Skill Outcome
    8. Perform: Delivering the Adaptation Outcome
    9. Summary
    10. REFLECT
    11. ACT
  17. Chapter 10: Assessment: Integrating Measurement into Training Design and Delivery
    1. Evaluating at Four Levels
    2. “On-the-Way” Versus “At-the-Gate” Assessment
    3. Level 1: Value—Evaluating for Learner Reaction
    4. Level 2: Knowledge—Evaluating Knowledge Gained
    5. Level 3: Skill—Evaluating Skills Gained
    6. Level 4: Adaptation—Evaluating Performance and Business Impact
    7. Summary
    8. REFLECT
    9. ACT
  18. Case Study: Aveda
    1. Case Study: The Center for Creative Leadership
    2. Case Study: Grundfos Pumps
    3. Case Study: Holland America Line®
  20. Bibliography
  21. INDEX
  22. About the Author