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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.

Doodling approved by Doodle Research

Doodling approved by Doodle Research

First the Doodle Research Data! Doodling while listening can help with remembering details, rather than implying that the mind is wandering as is the common perception. According to doodle research in a study published in 2009 in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, subjects given a doodling ta... Read More
Facilitating Jeopardy-like games

Facilitating Jeopardy-like games

Jeopardy-like games can be an excellent tool to introduce new learning points or reinforce what’s already been covered.  These brief notes will help you easily facilitate an effective learning experience. Teams select game board questions with varying point values in each category (i.e. Sales... Read More
Fiddles

Fiddles

Fiddles may look like toys to the untrained eye, but they can be serious learning tools. Below are some of the benefits your group will experience if they pick up a toy or two during your session. Please know, the Trainers Warehouse collection of kinesthetic learning tools has been specially selecte... Read More
Balls Throwables

Balls Throwables

Balls are playful by nature.  Since childhood, we have been taught to have fun with balls—playing catch, dodge ball, 4-square, SPUD, kickball, soccer, and more.  They are also terrific teaching and learning tools. The best balls for training should be “S.A.F.E.”: 1)      Soft: They shou... Read More
PowerPoint 10-20-30  & The TED Commandments

PowerPoint 10-20-30 & The TED Commandments

In a recent Trainers Warehouse customer poll, I found that 97% of the trainers and teachers surveyed use PowerPoint Wow! Here are some of my favorite tips relating to the use of PowerPoint: Tim Longhurst explains the TED commandments. TED Talks are some of the best speeches I watch. The speakers are... Read More
Dealing with cell phones

Dealing with cell phones

Cell phones can be a challenge for every teacher and trainer these days.  Here are some suggestions and anecdotes to set expectations in mature, respectful, or funny ways. Many of these were drawn from a series of LinkedIN discussions. Have an adult conversation about it! For the sales people I tra... Read More
Movie Rights and Recommendations

Movie Rights and Recommendations

Following is a Corporate Programming Guide put out by the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation’s (MPLC). They are an excellent one-stop resource to obtain rights to legally play movies in training rooms. MovieClips.com The listing includes the training topic, movie title, and studio.  If thes... Read More
What are the best movies for a training event?

What are the best movies for a training event?

This question regarding the best movies for training was posted on both the ASTD National LinkedIN group and the Training & Development LinkedIN group. If you’re not a member of those groups, you many not be able to access the raw material, and if you are a group-member, you may still have fou... Read More
Learners Bill of Rights

Learners Bill of Rights

Learners have rights too.  Click here for a poster of the Learners Bill of Rights. I. Freedom of speech Free speech is granted as long as you don’t dominate the floor, physically harm, or rudely interrupt others. You also have the right to be heard, to assemble peaceably and petition for a redres... Read More
Increase class participation in discussions

Increase class participation in discussions

Every week, Kim Marshall puts together a memo highlighting key stories from a range of publications.  Here is his synopsis of a David Brooks’ recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  It offers great tips to improve class participation and help engage learners in active learning,... 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.