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Tales for Trainers

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Tales for Trainers is an introduction to using stories, anecdotes and metaphors to give training programs more impact. Beginning by setting the use of stories in learning on a sound theoretical footing, the book goes on to include sample stories that trainers can read aloud to groups. The author provides 50 tales that will immediately help trainers, managers, educators and coaches to reinforce key messages and stimulate fresh thinking. Proven to work in a variety of training environments the stories themselves range from ones written specifically by the author to carefully selected extracts from literature (everything from Lewis Carol to James Thurber). The linking factor in all of the stories is that they each work brilliantly as an aid to learning. Complete with a detailed matrix showing which tales can effectively be used to promote particular learning concepts (communication, leadership, problem solving, dealing with change, etc), this radical and ground-breaking book is sure to change the way you help others to learn.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Imprint
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1 The Story So Far…
    1. 1. Once Upon a Time…
    2. 2. Stories for Learning
    3. 3. The Right Time and Place
    4. 4. It’s the Way You Tell Them
  7. Part 2 Now Read On…
    1. The Tales
    2. 1. ‘… And I’m Not Joking!’
    3. 2. The Tube of Toothpaste
    4. 3. What the Sleeping Beauty Would Have Given Her Right Arm for
    5. 4. The Meaning of My Communication
    6. 5. Percy the Pot
    7. 6. Sophie Learns a Lesson
    8. 7. The Cookery Book Game
    9. 8. If in Doubt – Delegate!
    10. 9. Our Deepest Fear
    11. 10. The Enormous Turnip
    12. 11. Memorandum
    13. 12. Mother and the Knife Grinder
    14. 13. The Moth and the Star
    15. 14. Waste Paper
    16. 15. Keeping Body and Soul Together
    17. 16. ‘There Is No Such Thing as a “Diffi cult Delegate”’
    18. 17. Alice Meets the Cheshire Cat
    19. 18. Setting the World on Fire
    20. 19. The Sun and the Wind
    21. 20. Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
    22. 21. ‘Did I Tell You the One About…?
    23. 22. The Ball of Wool
    24. 23. The Project
    25. 24. The Prince and the Magician
    26. 25. Giant Steps
    27. 26. The Prophet
    28. 27. The Professionals
    29. 28. The Miller, His Son and Their Donkey
    30. 29. Leave Well Alone
    31. 30. The Horse on the Road
    32. 31. The Wedgwood China Shop
    33. 32. The Pirate Ship
    34. 33. Lessons from the Geese
    35. 34. The ‘Correct’ Procedure
    36. 35. John’s Tale
    37. 36. Role Play
    38. 37. How the Waters Changed
    39. 38. Rodney’s Tale
    40. 39. A Leader’s Prayer
    41. 40. ‘Just a Bod’
    42. 41. Fitness for the Purpose
    43. 42. All Those Buns!
    44. 43. Six Honest Serving-Men
    45. 44. Houdini and the Locked Door
    46. 45. Revolution in Your Mind
    47. 46. The Tortoise and the Hare Revisited
    48. 47. ‘Thank You for the Smile’
    49. 48. The Parable of the Sower and the Seed
    50. 49. Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say
    51. 50. Atlas’ Tale
  8. References
  9. Further reading
  10. Further information
  11. Full imprint