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Category: FACILITATION TIPS

As facilitators of learning, teachers and trainers are constantly honing their own facilitation skills. They’re known to share their best and favorite learning tips with colleagues. Trainers Warehouse collates best practices from a broad range of resources, focusing on active learning, neuroscience, participation and engagement, gameplay, live and remote learning, and tons more.

Take a Team Breath

Take a Team Breath

I learned about the “team breath” at a recent conference. Well, maybe I didn’t just learn about it, as I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 7 years now. At yoga, classes typically open and close with a “cleansing breath.” In fact, at its core, yoga is a “bre... Read More
Diversity Games and Activities * Community Share

Diversity Games and Activities * Community Share

Our informal discussion about diversity training shed light on the resistance trainers face when conducting DEI training. We also pooled ideas for diversity training tips and activities that help lessen resistance, build understanding about the topic, and strengthen individual’s sensitivity to bot... Read More
Conversation Starters to Help Groups Open Up

Conversation Starters to Help Groups Open Up

A handful of online learning sessions with expert facilitators Amy Climer and Chad Littlefield added a few more tricks to my repertoire. The two modeled a handful of get ‘em talking techniques and conversation starters that I’ll be happy to replicate at my next session, live or online! Hopefully... Read More
Halloween Tricks ‘n Treats for Training

Halloween Tricks ‘n Treats for Training

Use your Halloween candy for training adults or teaching kids. Try these Halloween-inspired facilitation tricks and treats and make the most of the Halloween season in your training sessions: Icebreakers Favorites? Ask your group what their favorite Halloween candy is.  Let them know that even thou... Read More
Beyond Spinning Prize Wheels

Beyond Spinning Prize Wheels

Remember how you used to play games as a kid? You’d spin the dial … maybe spin it again if you didn’t get a good flick, then wait with excitement to see where it lands. If no one was looking, maybe you’d give the spinner another whirl – at least you thought no one was… Read More
Tips to Regroup During Meetings & Training

Tips to Regroup During Meetings & Training

Getting groups’ attention after a break has always been a challenge. Whether in school, executive seminars, or training sessions, the meeting management issue is the same. People quickly disperse to check their phones, follow up on emails, squeeze in a quick conversation, or get some fresh air... Read More
De-escalating Difficult Conversations

De-escalating Difficult Conversations

When you embark on team building, it isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes groups form hard-to-break cliques. In other cases, your best efforts to develop team cohesiveness end up surfacing difficult and hurtful conversations. In a recent Open Office Chat, a group of trainers shared their tips... Read More
Clean Slate Neuroscience for Effective Learning

Clean Slate Neuroscience for Effective Learning

When we first moved into a small, rustic house in the heart of the Berkshires, our first task was cleaning — cobwebs, dust, grease, old pots and pans, the works. Reflecting on the hard work, I appreciate that the same sort of preparation is required whenever you create something new — a ... Read More
Learning without Lectures * questions & contributions

Learning without Lectures * questions & contributions

I appreciated everyone’s participation and questions during last week’s HRDQ-U/Trainers Warehouse Learning without Lectures webinar. As you’ll recall, we talked about lots of ways to incorporate 6 brain principles in your training – and to let that guide you in terms of creating learner-focu... Read More
Why Can’t Teachers be Funny in School? Encouraging Funny Classroom Activities

Why Can’t Teachers be Funny in School? Encouraging Funny Classroom Activities

We were on vacation this summer and made plans to meet our friend Mike for a drink. Mike happens to be one of the funniest people I know. He’s also a high school math teacher at my sons’ school. Even though both of my boys have graduated from high school, they were dreading the prospect… <... Read More

LEARNING FACILITATION TIPS

Browse through tons of tips and tools that cover all aspects for training. Sharpen facilitation skills by understanding, for instance, how to: 

  • Use card decks for metaphorical debriefs
  • Deliver interactive training on a tight budget
  • Integrate games into content delivery
  • Draw on brain science to develop effective training techniques
  • Put Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset approach into action
  • Draw out quiet learners and manage difficult participants

INSIGHTS, TEACHING TOOLS, & MORE

Beyond learning facilitation tips to help teachers and trainers hone their facilitation skills, Trainers Warehouse shares insights and product selection tools drawn from serving the training industry for over 30 years. While Trainers Warehouse sells 100s of training tools and toys on their e-commerce website, they share 1000s of free tips within this blog. Special interest categories include exercises and activities or popular training topics, as well as communication and relationship-building tools to help learners engage in meaningful conversations.

"EDUTAINMENT" GURU

Susan Landay, the President of Trainers Warehouse, graduated from Yale College, Kellogg Business School and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. She’s the perfect resource to help trainers and teachers balance fun and professionalism, education and entertainment. Her insightful thinking and careful research make the WorkSMART blog interesting and informative.