All New Sessions!

Attend 1 crash course and select any learning session from each time slot.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

9 am – 12 pm (Pick One Crash Course to Attend)
Amy Saville

Get the basics of virtual design—everything you need to know to quickly create or convert training for online delivery. Discover shortcuts to design interactive virtual training that will delight trainers, audiences, and business leaders.

During this 3-hour crash course, you will:

  • Examine steps to rapidly convert face-to-face content to live online
  • Discuss how design models change for training online
  • Design interactivity that works on every webinar platform
  • Insert CORE components to increase retention (closers, openers, revisiters, energizers)
  • Review strategies to cover the same content in half the time
  • Takeaway a checklist and planning template to guide your design
  • Experience the impact of participant-centered training as it’s modeled to you
Lori Haskins-Crook

Position yourself as a performance consultant in your organization and industry. When performance is the question, more training isn’t always the answer. Learn how to eliminate costly training that doesn’t add value—and start doing the right training, at the right time, for the right people. This crash course gives you the skills you need to earn an influential role shaping training strategy.

During this 3-hour crash course, you will take away:

  • A repeatable 4-step performance consulting process
  • Dozens of strategies to establish credibility for consultants in any setting
  • A simple process to estimate and communicate the value of a project
  • The only 3 levers to align shifting priorities
  • Templates, checklists, and planning tools to manage implementation and stakeholders
Kim Zerby

This 3-hour crash course models Openers, Closers, Revisiters, and Energizers essential to making Zoom work for you and your learners. Learn how to harness built-in platform tools like whiteboarding, chat, video, polling and breakout rooms to sharply increase participants’ motivation and interest in training. Discover what the free tutorials won’t teach you—Creative Training Techniques® to teach twice as much in half the time!

During this 3-hour crash course, you will:

  • Harness Zoom’s built-in tools like whiteboarding, chat, video, polling and breakout rooms
  • Explore techniques to foster active learning as they’re modeled to you
  • Experience Openers, Closers, Revisiters, and Engergizers essential to making Zoom work for you and your learners
  • Discuss how to set up, facilitate and debrief learning activities online
  • Takeaway templates and activities with step-by-step instructions
Sandy Masters

Virtual instruction can feel overwhelming to facilitators and learners, and any small distraction can derail training. This is where the producer steps in! As the facilitator’s co-pilot, the producer provides an extra set of hands to help with technicalities, answer questions, solve issues, record the session, work one-on-one with participants, upload and send out files, and so much more.

During this 3-Hour Crash Course, You Will Discover:

  • 5 roles a producer D.R.I.V.E.S—and why every webinar needs one
  • Best practice for before and after every webinar
  • Do’s and don’ts for effective interaction between producer and facilitator
  • 9 most common technical hiccups and how to overcome them
  • Producer checklist, quick reference guide and sample communications
  • How to use the backend tools for chat, breakout rooms, and interactive features
  • Why producers are mission critical for participant-centered virtual training
Becky Pike Pluth

Online meetings, trainings, and pitches all have unique challenges that occur due to technology and distance. In just three hours, learn the skills you need to present like a pro to virtual audiences with ease!

During this 3-hour crash course, you will:

  • 7 ways to deliver a better video conference
  • Myths and Truths of presenting virtually
  • Techniques to use and lose when presenting virtually
  • Unnecessary distractions—and how to eliminate them from your environment
  • An incredible artificial intelligence practice tool that gives you instant feedback
  • How to effectively field Q&A
  • A formula to structure your message, open strong and close on time
1 pm - 2 pm (Pick One Session to Attend)
Amy Saville

In an age of inattention, training online is more difficult than ever. Between constant notifications, email, social media, and text messaging, the competition for your learners’ attention is fiercer than ever. But understanding why brains get distracted and how to bring them back can make all the difference to your learners—and your results. In this session, we’ll cover the science of attention and the strategies we use at The Bob Pike Group to keep learners engaged, despite the bells and whistles calling them away.

Kim Zerby

Small bites, big impact! Pac-Man taught us years ago how to devour small amounts to accomplish a goal. Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are obstacles in Pac-Man’s path. Have no fear! A Power-Pellet can assist Pac-Man to complete the level faster. What obstacles are in your online training path? Nanolearning could be the Power-Pellet you and your participants need to learn faster and more efficiently, bit by bit. 

Tyler Moberg

As a trainer, finding the right tech tools can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and expensive. However, tech tools are an easy way to save trainers time, amplify learner engagement, and infuse variety. In this session, we’ll explore FREE tools for your trainer toolkit that will up your training game! You can expect to leave with tools to help you manage your workload, streamline communication, and engage participants in meaningful ways. Leave with a checklist of FREE tools that work for you!

3 pm - 4 pm (Pick One Session to Attend)
Becky Lunders

When it comes to amping up your fitness level, experts promote short bursts of focused activity over a long run. The same is true with training.  Short bursts of content coupled with opportunities for participants to engage with information prove more productive. And intentionally revisiting content creates muscle memory! In this Boot Camp preview, experience how Creative Training Techniques applied correctly can reshape the training experience. The best part is your evaluations will reflect it! People will ask, “What ARE you doing to get results like that?”  No quick fix or magic pill. Just focus, intention, and creativity strategically applied to content. 

Collin Carroll

Are you ready for it? This webinar will exceed your wildest dreams! But what’s the end game? Whether you’re a Swifty or not (…yet), you’ll discover how to design trainings that maximize your unique teaching style, create engaging handouts with lots of strategic blank space, deal with the participants you knew were trouble when they walked in, and more. Disclaimer from Collin: I promise that nobody’s gonna train you like me-e-eeeee! Before the session ends, you’ll practice application-driven teaching strategies that’ll leave your learners saying, “Look what you made me do!”

Becky Pike Pluth

Got a flag? Rubber band? A session that could put a group of learners to sleep? Have no fear, Super Aha-some object lessons are here. Discover how to take dry concepts and create physical metaphors that engage learners. Neuroscientists agree that making learning visual increases participants ability to both learn and retain information over other senses. Object lessons are one way to you can greatly enhance your next training or presentation and create aha moments along the way!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

9 am - 10 am (Pick One Session to Attend)
Amy Saville

In 2008, the groundbreaking book Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds presented a philosophy to presenting with slides and changed the game for PowerPoint. Since that time, many of us have found we are presenting more online than ever before—but we aren’t always loving the experience. This session aims to change the game for how trainers approach virtual presentations to make them twice as fun and ten times more productive. Ease presentation anxiety with tips, tricks, and tools that can give any virtual trainer the confidence of a Zen master!

Collin Carroll

What’s your favorite Saturday Night Live sketch? Motivational Speaker? Wayne’s World? Two Wild & Crazy Guys? In this session, you’ll begin seeing classic SNL sketches through a brand-new lens: how they can inspire us to become more fun, creative, and memorable trainers. Analyze how historic SNL sketches can teach you how to lead workshops that’ll make your learners say, “Party on!” Assess how SNL sketches illustrate training mistakes that could cause you to wind up living in a van down by the river. And apply hidden training wisdom from SNL sketches, including the Church Lady’s catch phrase, “Well, isn’t that special?”

Kate Estby

It is an exciting moment when your training program is ready to launch. But your instructional design process doesn’t end there. Explore tools and techniques to evaluate your learning design, and best practices in designing and implementing your level 2 and level 3 evaluations post-launch. 

11 am - 12 pm (Pick One Session to Attend)
Becky Lunders

If training in your organization has become cloudy with a chance of boredom, it’s time to brighten things up. We know people tend to support what they help create—that’s why participant-centered learning works so well. Connecting with the content generates buy-in and allows for blue-sky learning.  This session provides a formula for effective brainstorming that generates ideas, creates buy-in, and involves people in the process. And that makes for a sunny forecast!

Kim Zerby

What's the opposite of smooth? Rough. Bumpy. Difficult. Now think about an online training you recently attended. Was it smooth or bumpy? Transitions should captivate participants, guarantee attention, and help your training succeed by bridging the gap between ideas. They make an average training seem polished and professional. Transitions are the maps you use to persuade your participants to follow your thoughts and buy into your ideas. Discover why you need to master these to level up your training.

Tyler Moberg

Questions are critical to the way learners engage with your content. When questions are framed well, they prime the brain to know what’s important, inform the trainer what learners need, and increase retention through interaction. Empower yourself to become a better question asker. In this session you will discover myths and truths around questions, examine elements of effective questions, and explore questioning strategies to engage your learners.

1 pm - 2 pm (Pick One Session to Attend)
Amy Saville

When training doesn’t go as planned, one of the first culprits to consider is learning objectives. Learning objectives are the foundation of effective training, and yet too often, designers build training on top of ambiguous, wordy objectives that are difficult to measure. In this session, we’ll dissect learning objectives and identify the critical elements that ensure learning objectives lead to results. Learn the strategies that make writing effective learning objectives a breeze and apply them to your own objectives for an instant upgrade in your training—and your results!

Collin Carroll

According to a recent(ish) Newsweek article, if you can make your learners laugh, they’ll see you as having a higher IQ, they’ll experience greater comprehension and recall, and “you must be a premium subscriber to read the rest of this article.” Wait, that can’t be right. Still sounds pretty awesome though, huh?! So how can we use humor to our advantage as trainers? Discover how to evaluate the rest of the neuropsychological benefits of being funny (assuming Newsweek doesn’t decline my Mastercard). Analyze common mistakes that will make your humor fall flat (and increase tension in your learners’ brains). And apply a 6-step comedy-writing checklist (with examples) to help you quickly come up with hilarious content on the spot.

Becky Pike Pluth

If you deal with difficult participants in training, you know the destructive effect they can have—on their own learning and on the group’s learning process. Gain the knowledge and technique to deal with practically any difficult behavior including: The Latecomer, The Know-it-All, The Prisoner, The Domineering, The Blabbermouth, the Time Thief…and many more!

3 pm - 4 pm (Pick One Session to Attend)
Kim Zerby

Remember the children’s story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? You know, this porridge is too hot, this one is too cold, this one is just right. Struggling works in the same way. Too much struggle in virtual learning will lead to frustration. Too little struggle is just spoon-feeding participants with a golden ladle. Just the right amount of pain and struggle: that’s what allows participants to feel a sense of accomplishment and meaning in training, which builds up a sense of autonomy and self-worth. Join this session to define the Goldilocks zone of struggle and discover how much struggle is just right.

Tyler Moberg

There were no accidents on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood! Fred Rogers took intense care in shaping each episode by combing through every single word of the script to make small adjustments that ensured he sent the proper messages to his viewers. As trainers, we can learn from Mr. Rogers. Making minor changes to our training practices can make a major difference to our participant’s experience. In this session, we will explore minor changes you can make immediately to your training that will have a major impact on learning!

Kate Estby

Explore ways to build transfer of learning into your program before, during and after your training. This session will examine the context for application on the job and set measurements for successful pull through. Adopt active learning techniques, a variety of transfer resources, and support to make training a process, not an event. 

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