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Corporate Training, Keeping it Fresh: Gamification in Online Learning

E-learning has long been used in place of in-class learning sessions and is most often ...
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Keep it Short: Why a One-Sheet Beats Many

Are you setting your sights on that new job? Perhaps you’re ready to promote your new ...
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Before, During and After Tips for a Successful Facilitation

Facilitation, training and lecturing are three different session components that require ...
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5 Great Reasons to Attend CTT 2019

The annual Creative Training Techniques® Conference immerses attendees in the philosophy and ...
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7 Best Practices to Building Great Teams

Team engagement. It may sound like a corporate buzzword, but it is far more important than ...
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The Physical Act of Presenting

There are two parts to a successful presentation: the preparation and the delivery. ...
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Why You Should Create a Microlearning Lesson

We’re crunched for time, attention spans are dwindling, technology is constantly changing. ...
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5 Benefits of Professional Certification

One of the best ways you can differentiate yourself as a dedicated and motivated ...
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How to Choose a Good Convention

Have you ever attended a convention that felt like a waste of time? Conventions and ...
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Playing Games Can Boost Learning

Do you know what the term gamification means? Gamification is a training technique in which ...
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How to Keep up With Changes in Training

For those of you who are out there doing trainings and are not in the virtual world yet, ...
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Training Trends to Come in 2019

The new year is right around the corner. It’s time to take a look at the training methods ...
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Training Success Tips: Treat Your Learners as Clients

Think of the last time you went to your favorite store to purchase something. Maybe that’s ...
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Improve Team Performance with Training

The amount of team-based work has increased in most offices, but with the pace of today’s ...
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Tips to Improve Learning Retention

The hope at the end of a presentation is that the participants not only understood you, but ...
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Training-Budget Saving Ideas

Having well trained employees contributes to the success of a company, but not all employers ...
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2018 Pike’s Peak Award Winner: Wounded Warrior Project

Every year at the Creative Training Techniques® Conference, the winner of the Pike’s Peak ...
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Tips for Mastering Technical Training

Technical training has a reputation for being dull and boring. Because of this, teaching ...
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5 Tips to Enhance Your Next Conference Experience with Social Media

Using social media to enhance or prepare for your next conference or event might seem like a ...
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How to Host a Successful Webinar

As technology improves, webinars are becoming an increasingly common component of workplace ...
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How to End Your Class with Impact

It’s common for trainers to save the last 10-15 minutes of their session for questions. ...
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Five Creative Openers to Get Participants’ Brains in the Game

There’s a big difference between opening a training session and simply beginning. A strong ...
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Leave ‘em Jazzed: How to End Your Class with Impact

Do you feel like your class or training session just kind of ends with a whimper rather than ...
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PowerPoint 101: Ditch the Boring Bullet Points

Did you know PowerPoint has been around for 27 years? Just like you, it has experience and ...
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5 Steps to Writing Clear and Measurable Learning Objectives

Learning objectives aren’t just a list of what you’re covering in class. Good learning ...
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When Silence Is Golden: The Power of the Pause

When you’re presenting and you’re passionate about the subject matter, or familiar with the ...

6 Main Types of Effective Presentations

We've all been to presentations that inform us, persuade us, instruct us, inspire us, and ...

Helpful Tips for Dealing with Difficult Participants

Difficult participants—they seem to find their way to just about every classroom. Trainers ...

Key Components of Designing Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered Training

Have you ever been to mandated training that you thought would never end? As the trainer ...
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Change the Game with Training that Sticks

Companies wouldn’t invest in training if they didn’t want their employees to apply the ...

The 7 Laws of Learning for Training Success

Successful training design and delivery depends on a trainer’s ability to create a learning ...
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Top 5 Benefits of Professional Certification

 At The Bob Pike Group, we support your professional growth and development. One way you can ...
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Bring Your Ideas to Life with Infographics

When your learners are struggling to pay attention, it’s not their fault. It’s just the way ...
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The Immeasurable Benefits of Training to Train

Teachers regularly benefit from ongoing education—not only learning more about what they ...
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The Bob Pike Group's Five Laws of Adult Learning 

The Laws of Learning have to do with experience—and doing.   
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5 Popular Training Blog Posts From 2017

Like every industry, training is continuously evolving, and doing so faster every year. Best ...
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3 New Three-Minute Energizers for 2018

The New Year is always a good opportunity to shake things up. You might start a new exercise ...

What You Need to Know About Gen Z in the Workplace

Just as we’re finally starting to feel comfortable working with and training Millennials, a ...
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How to Engage a Multigenerational Workforce

The landscape of today’s working world is unique for a variety of reasons, one of which ...
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Transforming Outcomes With Participant-Centered Training

Every year at the Creative Training Techniques® Conference, we present the Pike’s Peak Award ...
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Top 5 Takeaways From CTTC 2017

A couple weeks ago, we held our 24th Annual Creative Training Techniques® Conference in ...
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Improving Team Performance With Training

The amount of team-based work has increased in most offices, but with the pace of today’s ...
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How to Become a Thought Leader at Work

A thought leader is someone whose ideas and opinions are trusted to be authoritative, ...
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5 Benefits of Attending Industry Conferences

Most people enjoy the experience of attending a professional conference. There’s a lot to ...
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3 Growing Trends in Training, Learning and Development 2017

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How to Identify Your Organization’s Training Needs Before Revising a Training Program

One of the biggest mistakes organizations make when creating a new training program is ...
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Revolutionize Tired Training With a New Approach

Albert Einstein reputedly said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and ...
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Top 7 Reasons to Attend CTTC 2017

The Creative Training Techniques® Conference immerses attendees in the philosophy and ...

Why Get a Professional Trainer Certification Through The Bob Pike Group?

Earning a professional training and development certification is one way to set yourself ...
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Join Becky at ATD 2017 for a Presentation on the Brain Science Behind Spacing

Are you heading to the ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition in Atlanta next month? ...

You Don’t Need to Be a Professional Trainer to Attend the 24th Annual Creative Training Techniques® Conference

The Creative Training Techniques® Conference isn’t just for professional trainers. The ...

Effective Presentation Opener

Need to add a little fizzle to your training session? Use this object lesson from Bob Pike ...
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5 Deadly Presentation Sins

The bad news: Although many factors make a presentation great, it only takes one mistake to ...

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Training

Don’t be afraid to bring social media into your training! There are many tools out there – ...

6 Different Types of Presentations

Presentations come in a lot of different forms and have a variety of purposes. In the ...

Learn 6 Time Management Strategies

You and your fellow workers are overworked, over-connected and over-extended. For the sake ...
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How Managers Affect Employee Engagement

Although managers influence the job commitment and satisfaction of employees, as many as ...
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How to Run Effective Business Meetings

The average professional workweek has steadily expanded over the past decade, and one of the ...
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90/20/10 is a Basic Building Block for Training Design

90/20/10 is a foundational principle of the Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered training ...
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The Annual Conference Helped This Attendee Take Control of Her Training

In continuation of the insider’s view series, I had the chance to talk with Ava Varelas from ...
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An Attendee’s View of the Annual Conference

The 23rd Annual Creative Training Techniques® Conference was in full swing last month. As a ...
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POET Reduced Safety Incidents 62% [Case Study]

Case Study: Poet Improves Safety Training The Broin brothers started POET in 1987 as a ...
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Time to Create Your Own Results Based Training Design

If you’ve been reading the previous posts about the core principles in an  Instructor-Led, ...
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Improve Your Training Engagement with the EAT Principle

Be sure to include EAT in your Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered training session. I’ll ...
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CIO is the Cornerstone of Social Learning for Your Training Design

Another core concept of building an Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered Workshop is CIO. ...
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Does Your Training Design Need CPR?

One of the core concepts of building an Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered Workshop is ...

Increase Innovation with Effective Design Consulting!

Corporate America is starving for innovation. Hierarchical org charts, pressure for ...
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Learn Memory Techniques to Boost Your Learning!

Over the next month, I'll be sharing some of the tips from Becky's latest book "Creative ...
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How to Move From Training Provider to Trusted Advisor

More training isn’t always the answer. Learn how to address the challenge at hand and ...
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Millennials Prefer a Social Learning Environment [Infographic]

There are over 40 million millennials in the workforce and the number is increasing by ...

Why is Social Learning Important for Training?

You hear a lot about Social Learning when talking about learning and development. It’s not a ...
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Who Cares About Transparency?

Workplaces with Great Cultures, that’s who! Transparency has become a key to attracting and ...

3 Steps to Jump-Start Your Corporate Culture

You know corporate culture is important. Get started by understanding your current corporate ...

Fire the Office Jerk. Instantly Improve Your Corporate Culture.

Corporate culture is one of the hottest topics in business today. Over 82% respondents in ...
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The Ultimate Guide to Active Learning Techniques

Engaging your audience during training is critical to the success of your training. When ...
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How To Conquer Yawns and Blank Stares by Engaging Your Audience

Engaging your audience during training is critical to the success of your training. When ...

What You Can Do to Increase Trust In Your Corporation

The State of Trust In Corporations Today Based on the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer, we’re ...

Trust is the Key to Effective Leadership

One of the most foundational qualities a manager must have is trust. Trust in their team and ...

Learn Why Kari Relies on The Bob Pike Group Training When Redesigning Her Training

Kari Devine, Thrivent Financial, attended the 2015 Creative Training Techniques™ Conference. ...

Build a Network to See Things from Different Angles

Katie Fowler, Chick-fil-A, attended the 2015 Creative Training Techniques® Conference. She ...

Deliver Training that Engages Your Employees

Carrie Willink, Buffalo Wild Wings, attended the 2015 Creative Training ...

Get Results with Your Training

John Bentley, U.S. Army, attended the 2015 Creative Training Techniques® Conference. He’s ...

How to Increase Employee Engagement

Why is employee engagement important? According to the Gallup’s State of the American ...
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Discover 7 Techniques to Enhance Learner Motivation

ATD 2016 is just around the corner! Becky Pike Pluth will be speaking at the conference in ...
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Is Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp Right for Me?

Do you find yourself with difficult participants or boring visuals? Train-the-Trainer Boot ...
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Two Basic Requirements to Have an Ethical Culture

Ethical leadership relies on two basic characteristics – trust and integrity. It sounds ...
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The Easiest Way to Spot a Compliance Violator in Your Company

Creative Training and Teaching Techniques Ethical leadership starts at the top of the ...
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Need a Reason to Go Somewhere Warm in February?

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Does Your Company’s Leadership Style Feel Like a Pecking Order?

Creative Training and Teaching Techniques Many employees say that their company fosters a ...
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High Performing Companies Invest in Training Their Employees

High Performing Companies Invest in Training Their Employees Training employees is a smart ...
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Training is Critical to Fill the Skills Gap

Creative Training and Teaching Techniques Training is Critical to Fill the Skills Gap As the ...
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Training Tips on How to Communicate Across Generations

Creative Training and Teaching Techniques Each generation brings their own set of unique ...
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Too Much Content and Not Enough Time?

Creative Training and Teaching Techniques It's crunch time and you have too much content for ...
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Tips for Dealing with Difficult Participants in a Training Class

Creative Training Techniques 101: The Basics It takes just one person to quickly derail the ...
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Enhance Your Training Sessions Using Digital Devices

With all of the digital devices readily available, it’s a wonder why trainers aren’t ...
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Before, During and After Tips for a Successful Facilitation

Facilitation, training and lecturing are three different session components that require ...
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3 Energizers to Keep Participants Engaged

It’s mid-afternoon, and you’re sitting at your desk. The blood is pooling to your feet, and ...
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Five Tips for Great Debriefing Answers

During a debriefing, the answers you give are just as important as the answers you’re ...
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Debriefing Questions

Debriefing is a critical component of participant-centered learning; it establishes learner ...
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High Tech vs. Low Tech: Perks and Pitfalls

Technology has created countless new tools to facilitate teaching, make presentations more ...

Stock Up on These Essential Supplies for a New Season of Training

The back-to-school mentality doesn’t have to end when you finish school. September is a ...
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Methods for Fostering Learner Motivation

Every trainer has found themselves in the predicament of standing in front of a classroom ...

10 Presenter Myths and Truths

Throughout the years, we’ve seen dozens of myths come up over and over again about how to be ...

Setting Up For Success: Classroom Prep

So you’ve planned a dynamo instructional design for your upcoming training session, but now ...

The Group Gallery: An Energizing Revisiter

Brain-based research says that people generally need to review new information at least six ...

6 Design Disasters to Avoid

Mistakes are often made due to lack of knowledge and experience or simply in haste. When it ...

4-Step Process to Manage Poor Performance

Managing poor employee performance is hard. It can lead to anger, finger pointing and can ...

Using Flip Charts in Training

We know what you’re thinking: “Flip charts? Aren’t those so old school?” The answer: yes, ...

How to Succeed as an Introverted Leader

If you’re an introvert working in an extroverted environment or industry, it’s not uncommon ...

5 Critical Steps for Instructional Design

No matter what you’re teaching or training, a solid program is critical in order for your ...

Guidelines for Adding Mentoring to Your Training

Your primary goal as a trainer is to change the behavior of your participants by helping ...
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4 Tips for Powerful Group Exercises

Last month, we told you how to design and facilitate a group activity that empowers your ...

Evaluating Training Effectiveness – The Four Levels of Evaluation

It’s time to step back and evaluate your training effectiveness. Not only do you need to ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Allow Participants to Play

"Play now or pay later" is how one author has described the importance of making sure we ...
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Fear of Public SpeakingYour Blog Post Title Here...

Did you know that you might not really be scared of speaking in front of a group? In fact, ...
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Setting up a Group Activity

If your background is more of a lecture-based approach, it wouldn’t be surprising if the ...
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3 Review Techniques

Of course you want to review content during your training. Most people don’t remember much ...

Training Secrets: 3 Lessons with Scott Enebo, M.A., MPCT

~~Presenters and trainers learn from their experiences just like everyone else. You take ...

The 7 Laws of Learning for Training Success

Successful training design and delivery depends on a trainer’s ability to create a learning ...

3 Favorite Training Tips You Can Implement Right Now

Well-trained learners are happy, engaged and productive. But sometimes things come up in ...

How to End Your Class with Impact

All too often trainers fail to close their sessions with impact or purpose. Instead, they ...

5 Steps to Writing Effective Learning Objectives

While probably considered a hassle, objective writing is one of the most important parts of ...

Writing Objectives: Where Are You Going?

Objective writing. It’s probably one of the least favorite parts of a trainer’s job. Why? ...

Three Activities from Down Under

At the 21st Annual Creative Training Techniques Conference, Marc Ratcliffe and Jason Ash, ...

Whirlpool—Clyde Operations Achieves Significant Results with Revised Training

Whirlpool Corporation's Clyde Operations was recently recognized by The Bob Pike Group for ...

Making Better School Improvement Decisions

By Dr. William Zielke Educators make decisions all the time, every day. Some are small, some ...

Fight, Flight or Facilitate: Learning for Life, Not Just to Pass

By Adrianne Roggenbuck Neuroscience tells us that optimum learning for human beings takes ...

The Virtual Classroom and Webinars

Increasingly, webinars are being offered as a means to provide distance learning experiences ...

Powerful Handouts: Why and How

If you're going to go to the effort of creating a handout to accompany your training or ...

The 411 on Scott Enebo

Every person has a story to tell, and it can be fun to find out what makes a person tick. ...

Protecting Yourself from Email Abuse

How stuffed is your email inbox? If like you’re most workers, it’s full, way too full. It ...
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How Pike's Peak Winner Schrammel Implements Creative Training Techniques

Lorinda Schrammel, training and development manager at Oklahoma State University, was ...

2014 CTT Conference Focuses on People, Listening with Our Eyes

More than 120 trainers from around the globe attended The Bob Pike Group's twenty-first ...

Sixty-second Energizers

Jason Ash, a creative trainer from Down Under, presented 12 different energizers in his ...

Four Receive Prestigious Pike's Peak Award for Achieving Significant Results with Revised Training

Four trainers were recently recognized by The Bob Pike Group for their intentional and ...

Tips for Presenting to a Camera: Visuals (part three)

Many speakers, educators and instructors today are being asked to present to a camera in ...

The 4 C's of COACHING Skills

When most people think of the word "COACH," they immediately imagine someone on the ...

Last Call for Our 21st Creative Training Conference

Our annual creative training conference is in just three weeks so time for registering is ...

Make Your 2014 Budget Stretch Well Beyond 2015

A few years ago, Jiffy Lube International's Jiffy Lube University contacted The Bob Pike ...

Beyond Boot Camp: Creative Training Techniques Edge!

Perhaps you are one of the more than 200,000 trainers have gone through our ...

Getting a Little Crazy: Using Webinar Platform Tools for Impact

So many webinar facilitators really do not facilitate: they lecture. However, there are so ...

Tips for Presenting to a Camera: On-Screen

Many speakers, educators and instructors today are being asked to present to a camera in ...

Clinch the Cliches

Use this opener as a fun way to introduce brainstorming, and team building.

Increased ROI with Redesigned Training Gets Cartus' Small Pike's Peak Award

Nominations are closing soon for our 2014 Pike's Peak Awards. We would invite you to submit ...

Four Ways to Deal with Difficult Behaviors in Training

Managing difficult behaviors in training can sometimes be more challenging than learning the ...

Tips for Presenting to a Camera: Preparation

Many speakers, educators and instructors today are being asked to present to a camera in ...

Four Ways to Inspire Your Trainers

Do you manage trainers? Are you looking for ways to get their enthusiasm for the job ...

Make a Word

Looking for a fun opener to get webinar participants familiar with the whiteboard feature? ...

Technical Difficulties: What Advice Would You Give This SME?

Last week, a colleague had an unfortunate run-in with technology at the start of his ...

Asked and Answered: Team Teaching

Asked: Can you tell me where I can find information on setting a format for team teaching ...

Give Participants Their Just Desserts

In reality, a great dessert can help complete a successful meal. A bad dessert leaves a sour ...

Getting Noticed, Garnering Respect

Recently, one of our tweeps on Twitter commented that she was going to demonstrate her ...

More Bang for Your Buck

Will you be joining us for our annual training conference in Minneapolis September 24-26? ...

Expert Index: An Energizer for Webinars

Need to add some oomph to your webinar? Energizers can be done virtually, too! Use this ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Selling Training to Management

Getting management support was the number one pain you said you had in your side as trainers ...
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Train-the-Trainer Tip: Learning for Life

In participating in a program this week, I was once again struck by how often it seems we ...

Two Tips for Training Managers

Training Managers? Here's a tip or two: Send Vital Material to Support Staff of Management ...

Creative Training Tools for Increasing Trainee Participation

Here are some ideas to increase your trainees' participation! Remind Trainees to Lighten ...

Three Ways to Improve Your Training Sessions with Infographics

Pictures may say a thousand words, but it’s not always easy to hear what they’re saying.  ...

Meet Adrianne Roggenbuck, Creative Teaching Champion and BPG Trainer

Before discovering instructor-led, participant-centered training, "I used to worry about ...

Airplane Armor: A Closer for Webinar Training

This is a great activity to get people thinking and talking. It works with all audiences, ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Riddle Me This

WEBINAR LENGTH: Any ACTIVITY LENGTH: 5 minutes INSTRUCTOR SKILL LEVEL: Novice PARTICIPANT ...

A Memory Trick for Training and Real Life

The only way training can be used back on the job is if it's remembered. Knowing memory ...

GREEN Training: Decreasing Tension, Increasing Retention

If you think about it, you might deduce that when our bodies are prepared for fight or ...

Meet Our Keynoters: CTT Rocks 2014

Neen James, productivity expert, and Ben Cockram, motivational speaker, will be joining us ...

Reflections: A Closing Activity for Webinars from SCORE! Volume 5

Author: Becky Pluth Description: This is a closer that can begin in the virtual classroom ...

Help Coach! There's Conflict in the Workplace

One of the slipperiest slopes supervisors often find themselves on is having two employees ...

Scribble-Scrabble: A Train-the-Trainer Activity

By Rich Meiss and Doug McCallum Do you love word games? Here is one that trainers can use ...

Writing Good Titles for Searching and Browsing Your Web Site

Writing Good Titles for Searching and Browsing your Site is Important By Chris Todd Editor’s ...

Train-the-Trainer Answers

Asked and Answered When someone asks if you have experience in instructional design, what is ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Design

Before you design a course is the best time to figure out where you want to go with your ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Using NASCAR to Motivate

Bruce Heichelbech, senior training consultant, E.ON., Louisville, Ky., is a past recipient ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips, Tools and News

TV Trainer has developed a new way to train basic skills and job expectations to the ...

Mentoring: An Essential Tool for Encouraging Personal Growth

In ancient Greece, Odysseus entrusted his friend Mentor with the education of his son. Since ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Trainer Toolbox Ideas

Kelley Phipps, a senior trainer at Indymac Bank, F.S.B. in California, submitted her idea ...

Motivating Employees: Great Managers are Experts on Human Nature

Motivating Employees: Great Managers are Experts on Human Nature What elements in the ...

Quick and Dirty Train-the-Trainer Tips and Facts

Quick and Dirty Writing Tips on Podcast Grammar Girl has a website to help those of us who ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips: Review and Revisit

Improving the Outcome of Your Training Training, and reviewing, doesn’t have to be dull…but ...

Six Tips for Effective Training

Getting participants in a presentation or training program to listen and take what they ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Stop Starting with Smiles and Begin with Business Outcomes

Repeated studies over the past 70 years have challenged the impact of training. When tragedy ...

The Top 5 Deadly Sins of Training, Speaking, and Presenting

What are the Top 5 mistakes that cause people to walk out, ask for their money back, send ...

This is your Brain on Music and Common Knowledge

This is Your Brain on Music Former rock producer and current professor at McGill University, ...

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Why It Matters More than Personality

Emotional Intelligence Quotient, or EQ, is a term being used more and more within human ...

Training Icebreaker Activity: Movie Facts Sorta

Movie Facts…Sort Of Movies depend on “suspension of disbelief” for us to get into the ...
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Training Icebreaker Activity: Four Quadrant Name Tent

Creative Training Technique: Opener Name: Four Quadrant Name Tent Objectives: Break the ice ...

Quick Clips for Fun and Effective Training Transfer

Quick Clips for Fun and Effective Training Transfer Sometimes showing is much more effective ...

Train-the-Trainer: Adapting for Color Blindness in an Online Environment

If about 10 percent of the male population is color-blind, should that affect how you design ...

Creative Training Tips: Learning Styles

The following Creative Training tips work well with at least two learning styles. The three ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips for Getting Manager Buy-in

Managers before training have the number one responsibility for making sure training sticks; ...

Interview for Success and Avoid the Legal Pitfalls

We all know how litigious our society has become in the area of employment-related issues. ...

Businesses: Cut Costs? Yes. Layoffs? No.

“Layoffs don't seem to be the first choice for a lot of companies," said Kevin Oakes, CEO of ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips for Analytical Openers

Asked: I have used your books Tricks for Trainer, and it has very effective exercises. Do ...

Train-the-Trainer Activity: Opener or Energizer

Communication is Key:  What Day is it? Energizer/Opener for Communication Module To set–up ...

Virtual Learning Definitions

Each year, hundreds of new words are coined and enter into somewhat common usage. And each ...
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Five Train-the-Trainer Tips from Bob Pike

Over the years I’ve been asked literally hundreds–maybe even thousands–of questions on ...
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Train-the-Trainer Tips: Training and Follow Up Techniques

One of the tenets of learning retention is repetition, but in such a way that it’s not rote ...

Train-the-Trainer Activity: Too Many Balls in the Air

Awhile ago, a trainer submitted this stress awareness activity to my Creative Training ...

SoftBank Creates Training University, Begins Innovative Inhouse Training

Recently, SoftBank Group in Tokyo received the Pike's Peak Performance Award from The Bob ...

Meet Priscilla Shumway, M.Ed.

Priscilla Shumway has been in the education and training industry for over 25 years. A ...

CTT Rocks: Get in on the Early Bird for our annual conference!

At about the same time the Bee Gees were "Stayin' Alive," Bob Pike began taking notes on how ...

Pass the Pointer

The next issue of SCORE: Super Closers, Openers, Revisiters and Energizers for Webinars is ...

Three Easy Tech Tools to Modernize Your Training

Is your training stuck in the Stone Age, or is it zipping off into the future? If you’re ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips on Using Technology to Follow Up with Learners

I don’t think I could ever willingly go off the power grid. Over the last few decades, I ...

Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today's Workforce

  Some managers might think that with the economy the way it is, it’s not as critical to ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Participant Self-Evaluation Questions

It's one thing to evaluate a program and another to evaluate a person. Getting additional ...

Graduation: An Excellent Closing Activity

Objectives:         Add fun and full participation to review                             ...

Train-the-Trainer Activity: CTT Quilt

CTT Quilt  Objectives:    Review content                 Celebration                 ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Closing Activities

Asked: I am looking for a team-building activity for 15 people at the end of a two-day ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Get Heading in the Right Direction

Here’s a quick exercise that gets people moving while visually demonstrating how important ...

Six Presentation Formats

At The Bob Pike Group, we have a few workshop offerings focused on management development. ...

Felts, Shumway Awarded for Peak Performance

Tish Felts, IT Technical Specialist at Transocean, was named Pike’s Peak Award recipient for ...

Fighting the Gremlins: A Fun Closing Activity

The closing ceremony of each Olympics is an example of a great closing—music, dancing, ...

Asked and Answered: Openers and Closers

Asked: I am in the process of creating Professional Development for a group of cafeteria ...

Jiffy Lube: ASTD's BEST for 2011

Abstract: The training staff at Jiffy Lube International-part of Shell Oil Company-can ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Add Value to Your Workshop for Free

Add value and increase engagement in your workshops by using some of the new digital and ...

Webinars that WoW - eLearning Tips for Online Training

As one might imagine, The Bob Pike Group always is looking for ways to make training ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip for Tapping into Hidden Motivations

In one of our Presentation Skills workshop, one participant exclaimed that his material was ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips for Creating Fun and Purposeful Online Training

Some learning and development specialists avoid the term “webinar” because of the negative ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Seeing Results is Believing

How do you show your worth as a trainer – particularly to your supervisor when your ...

5 Tips for Presenting Boring Technical Information - so It Isn't Boring

People often ask me some variant of the following question: OK, so I get the idea that ...

Effective Instructional Design

When you’re attending an interactive webinar or classroom workshop like our ...

Creative Training Techniques Conference Tweets and Tips

Here are some brief thoughts and training tips culled from our sessions at our conference ...

Train-the-Trainer: Have Learners EAT and Ditch the PowerPoint

Traditional pedagogical methods encourage promoting revealing theory and perhaps then ...

Flip Chart Learning Points: Revisiting, Action planning, Energizing

When it is time to revisit and energize, post six blank flip chart sheets on various walls ...

Interviewing Strategies that Show the Real Candidate

I’m looking through you, you’re not the same. Those lyrics, penned by the great ...

5 Tips to Enhance Your Next Conference Experience with Social Media

Using social media to enhance or prepare for your next conference or event might seem like a ...

How do I Transition Trainers from Physical to Virtual Classroom?

Asked: I would like to develop my trainers to transition from instructor-led training to ...

Redirecting Poor Performance: The Coach as Corrector

One of the toughest jobs for most coaches is redirecting poor performance. There are ...

Seven Steps for Knowledge Transfer: Preparation

I continue to be amazed at how little preparation seems to go into presentations. Outside of ...

Teaching Troubleshooting and Problem Solving

Asked and Answered: Teaching Troubleshooting and Problem Solving Asked: In a training ...

Training-Budget Saving Ideas

I’m a thrifty person; I hate paying full-price unless I really have to. So, in my pursuit of ...

Train-the-Trainer Activity: Arts and Crafts Revisit

Display a selection of arts and crafts materials throughout one day of your training ...

Train-the-Trainer: Activities for Time Management and Goal Setting

Asked: Kindly suggest some games and activities for Time Management and Goal Setting ...

Training Plays Vital Role in Global Dominance

Training Plays Vital Role in Global Dominance I have spent the last week in India with our ...

Simple Training Technique: Thumbs Up Revisiter

Michelle Stage suggests a very subtle and nonthreatening approach to gauging the learning in ...

Train-the-Trainer Tips: Helping Your Learners “Get It”

One might argue that learning transfer of relevant material is perhaps a good gauge of job ...

Train-the-Trainer Activity: Bingo/Plan "O"

Purpose: To get class members immediately engaged while giving them an overview of topics to ...

Train-the-Trainer Methods work for Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute: Case Study After seeing participant-centered training ...

Great Training Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Tweets from @TheBobPikeGroup You can get a lot of training ideas in only 140 characters! ...

Acquiring the Lost Art of Storytelling

Amsterdam - the perfect place to rest and break up the long, 10,000 mile trip to Africa. Or ...

Train-the-Trainer Tools and Tips

Valuable, Interesting or Just Downright Cool Relevant Stuff We Found Elsewhere Valuable, ...

Easy Training Technique: Focus Group

Your mission, whether you would like to accept or reject it, is to create a training program ...

Five Tips for Dealing with Difficult Participants

Five Tips for Dealing with Difficult Participants Managing difficult participants—they seem ...

Train-the-Trainer Insights

Asked: “What are the distinctive features and differences between: Keynote presentation, ...

Train-the-Trainer: Color Me Learning

Stephen Hudak, one of our ezine readers, submitted this simple idea which works to ...

Remember Humor for Memory Retention

  My memories of second grade are fuzzy except for two specific recollections. One is being ...

Technology in Professional Development is Key

Jim Gates is fond of quoting from Camelot: "If you want to be happy, learn something." As a ...

A – Z School Improvement Planning Team Challenge

Activity: Teacher Training Closer Purpose: Many schools throughout the nation are required ...

Two Engaging Closure and Review Activities

Vocab Jingles When learning specialized vocabulary, divide students up into small teams. Be ...

Transforming Tests so Kids Beg for More

Summer’s over and the crash, clanging and rumble of lockers, desks and students is heard in ...

Fun Teaching Activities: Geometric Room Search and Equations on the Floor

Geometric Room Search Purpose: This activity can be used as an opener for a geometry class, ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Mix it Up

Utilizing partners and small groups during training is one of the keys to making it ...

Teaching from Tinseltown

Short movie clips from Tinsel town are useful for teaching because they evoke emotions and ...

Teaching Activity: I’m Drawn to You

Sample Standard: Understanding that a magnet attracts only iron and certain other metals.

Observe the Invisible: Reveal Students’ Thinking

Imagine having to learn a new sport when the players who already know the game are wearing ...

Teaching Activity: Mystery Word

This activity was submitted by Carole Pankow, South St. Paul Junior High, Minn., who uses it ...

Spelling Scramble

Sample Standard: Use correct spelling of high frequency words. Grade Level:  3 Time: 5-15 ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Pass the Toilet Paper

Try this opening activity in your next staff development session and challenge the teachers ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Five H’s Class Opener

Purpose:         To help students get acquainted with each other and to connect the activity ...

Fun Teaching Activities

Living List (Social Studies Opener) Sample Standard: Identify and describe components of ...

Award Winning Educators in Peoria, Illinois!

Submitted by Two Rivers Professional Development Center Certified Partners Jodi Bouris and ...

Let’s Celebrate Learning!

Think about a time when you accomplished something that was difficult for you. How did you ...

10 Brain-Friendly Tips

1.  Every day we have about 6,000 thoughts, but most of them are repeats. 2.  There’s no ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Lecture Buster

In order to engage your participants every 8 minutes, here are a few “Lecture Buster” ...

Rapport with Your Audience — The “Like” Link

Connections create credibility. To put it simply, people are much more apt to believe you if ...

No Child Left Unmotivated

Motivation plays a significant role in the school experience of students, regardless of ...

Connect the Dots

Sample Standard: Plot points in the coordinate plane Grade Level: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I ...

Strike Up an Acronym

Purpose: Opener to activate creativity and open-mindedness          Audience Size: Any. ...

Bob Pike Workshops a Big Success!

By Mile Toncray This workshop was very energizing and full of ideas which can be used easily ...

Learner-Centered Activities: Find Your Match and I Describe

Find Your Match Sample Standard: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements ...

Rtl: Tiers or Tears?

What to do for students who are Tier 2.5 by Janna Siegel Robertson, Ph.D. and Kathleen ...

Train-the-Trainer Tip: Jargon Busters

Often trainers are bombarded with acronyms and jargon related to the material they have to ...

Learner Centered Activities: Hey Big Spender and Balloons or Bust

Balloons or Bust Opener Sample Standard: Explain how atoms join with one another in various ...

Prejudice at Work Activity

Sample Standard: The student understands the impact of the American civil rights movement ...

Are Your Students High Maintenance?

Creative competition lessens dependency on teachers Dr. Tracy McCalla “May I throw this ...

Research-Based Creative Training Techniques: Reflections from Iowa

Thank you, thank you and thank you! This thank you is not just from me, but from my current ...

Webinars With Wow Factor

Have you caught the webinar wave? More and more educators are harnessing the power of the ...

Creative Training Conference a Hit in Japan

Dynamic Human Capital has something to celebrate as it begins a new year. In December, the ...

Mentoring for Success Recognized by Minnesota National Guard

"People who learn more on the job are far less likely to quit," says Rich Meiss, which can ...

Can You Top This?

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Successes and New Tips to Ring in 2014

At the end of 2013, we asked readers to share the successes that they were excited about. ...

The Bob Pike Group Certifies New Education Partner

Welcome to the Lake County Regional Office of Education in Grayslake, Ill., The Bob Pike ...

Making the Training Room Introvert Friendly

You’re in a training session and you assign a group activity. About half of the members are ...

Hashtag, Yes? Terms that Should be Banned from English

It's that time of year, and I'm always so excited! No, not for making and breaking ...

Nuts & Bolts: Technical Training Opener

Looking for an opening activity that's relevant to your content for your next technical ...

CMBC Uses Creative Techniques for Innovative Training, Improved Sales Results

Xianliang “Robert” Zhao, the assistant director of the wealth management division at China ...

Share Your Victories

As trainers, there are few outside our field who get as enthusiastic about "trainery things" ...

Never Too Early to Save: Pre-Register for Our Annual Conference

If you are looking for creative ways to get additional training for your staff and get ...

Computer Quiz Carousel

If you do any kind of technical training such as software training, revisiting the ...

Lucky 13: Colonial Clues

Sample Standard: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping colonial ...

Gravity Guesswork

Standard:  Knows the kinds of forces that exist between objects and within atoms. ...

3 Tips for Joyful Classrooms

If you were to ask students for a list of adjectives that describe school, I doubt joyful ...

Learner-Centered Activities: Prejudice at Work, Formation Fantasy

Prejudice at Work Sample Standard: The student understands the impact of the American civil ...

Trainer Tip: Group Gallery

At the end of a content block or session day, give each small group a piece of blank ...

Trainer Tip: A Fun Word Game

Do you love word games? Here is one that trainers can use with adult participants to review ...

RCTS Goes Global!

Research-based Creative Teaching Strategies had its first international presentation in ...

Welcome to Our Global Partner, Ken Gimm

Ken Gimm, of the Korean Leadership Center in Seoul, South Korea, has been a Bob Pike Group ...

Certified Partner Ken Gimm Wins Pikes Peak Award

The Korean Leadership Center, under the guidance of Ken Gimm, won the Pike’s Peak award from ...

Back to Boredom?

  Back to school doesn’t mean back to boredom for students now that educators realize the ...

Location, Location, Location!

Sample Standard: Locate, describe and explain places, regions and features on the Earth. ...

Do You See What I See?

Sample Standard: Describe the anatomy and localized function of given brain areas Grade ...

Closing with Impact

All too often trainers fail to close their sessions with impact. Instead they opt for ...

Deal Me a MEAN Hand

Sample Standard: Understands and applies the concepts of range and central tendency (mean, ...

Questioning Technique

Grade Levels: 4-12 Time: 10-15 minutes Materials: Index cards (1 per student) Group size: ...

Shoes That Were Made for Walking

  At some point during the class you ask learners to find their “sole mate”—the person in ...

Learner-Centered Activities From Priscilla Shumway

Learner-Centered Activities Graffiti Board: A fun revisit or closing activity that helps ...

Predicting the Future

Purpose: This exercise is a closer that promotes the transfer of training back to the job. ...

I Dream of Genie

Sample Standard: The student understands economic systems with an emphasis on the United ...

Bob Pike Trainings SCORE For Educators

As a professional development provider, I become anxious preparing for training because I ...

The Secret for Success: Add Extra Value to Your Training

If you’ve been to McDonald’s lately, you may have noticed its shakes have a different look. ...

Feed Their Brains by EATing

Have you ever taught a concept your students just couldn’t grasp? Or thought they had until ...

Choosing To Teach With Good Humor

Why should educators choose to integrate humor into all aspects of their teaching? It’s the ...

Mystery Word

Select a vocabulary word that is pertinent to the content of the lesson. Write a “mystery” ...

Image Does Not Say 1000 Words

We should give up the false belief that any image says more than a thousand words. We are so ...

Training and Learning Trends

If there’s one single learning trend that is most disruptive in the way learning is done, ...

Vocab Jingles

Sample Standard: US Government and Citizenship: Students will define and provide examples of ...

Is This English?

Sample Standard: Use reference aids such as glossary, dictionary, and available technology ...

Central Ky. Special Education Cooperative SCORES with New Teachers

  At Central Ky. Special Education Cooperative, a new philosophy of training is emerging. ...

Training Your Way Out of the Downturn

There has been a lot of press recently about the role of training in supporting the recovery ...

Dumb-dumb Bullets and the Purpose of PowerPoint

Several months ago, a reference to the article “Essay: Dumb-dumb bullets. As a ...

Training with Facebook and Twitter

A reader asks: Do you have any information on social media and training? Our company is ...

Master Participant-Centered Trainer Certification

For over 30 years, clients have been applying The Bob Pike Group’s Participant-Centered ...

Can You Control the Weather?

"I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a ...

Tips for Coaching

Before the twenty-first century, the term coaching was not used much in the business world. ...

TEOTWAWKI

TEOTWAWKI is an acronym for, “The end of the world as we know it.” R.E.M.’s song by the same ...

On the Job Training Tips for Consistent Results

Employees who don’t “get” or understand their jobs cost US and UK companies over $37 billion ...

People Remember 10%, 20%...Oh Really?

A note from Bob Pike: Who said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of ...

Creative Use of Polling During Webinars

Because you can’t see your learners during a webinar, you need to utilize other methods of ...

The Importance of Brain-Based Research on Learning Environment Design

The brain is the most complex portion of the human body, and there is so much that ...

The Why Behind The How: The Research Behind Participant-Centered Training Part 2

  Some of Bob Pike’s foundations for participant-centered training are his 90/20/8 rule for ...

The Why Behind The How: The Research Behind Participant-Centered Training Part 1

  Some of Bob Pike’s foundations for participant-centered training are his 90/20/10 rule for ...

Continuous Improvement Tips and Tricks

  For those of us who train for a living, each year brings new challenges. For example, we ...

The Introverted Leader: Thriving in the Extroverted Business World

In today’s extroverted business world, introverts can feel ignored, overlooked, and ...

Free Bob Pike Group Resources on the Web

The Bob Pike Group has a lot of free resources available to you, and we want to make sure ...

Don't Give Up on Your Aging Boomers Just Yet

Adapted from their new book, "Generations, Inc." Despite the recent headlines about the ...

The Trouble with Personality Tests

Personality tests are a popular component of many organizations’ hiring processes. As these ...

Takeaways NOT Throwaways: Handouts without a Shelf Life

  What do Hormel’s canned Spam and good training handouts have in common? They both have an ...

The Why Behind The How: The Research Behind Participant-Centered Training Part 3

One of Bob Pike’s foundations for participant-centered training is the use of closers, ...

The Why Behind The How: The Research Behind Participant-Centered Training Part 4

  Bob Pike, in his Creative Training Techniques Handbook and in the design of his workshops ...

Profiling Successful Salespeople: Myths, Folklore…and Progress

With the world economy now in an uptick, many sales leaders are coming out of the slump with ...

Trainers Must Exercise Power Carefully

Competition and power struggles between and within organizations are an inevitable part of ...

Training Opener for a Single Participant

At the annual Bob Pike Group conference, one attendee asked the following question. Because ...

Baby Stepping into Participant-Centered Training

Norfolk Naval Shipyard [NNSY] was named one of this year’s Pike’s Peak Award recipients ...

Little Things that Make a Big Difference: Interactive Learning Activities

  Paying attention to details can help increase retention and aid the appearance of having ...

Does Social Networking Have a Place in Training?

Can trainers justify the use of social media like Twitter and Facebook during their daily ...

Helpful Training Tweets from Our Fall Conference

If you didn’t attend our annual conference in September, you had a second chance to catch ...

Become the Best Storyteller You Can Be!

  No one can tell your story like you! If you’re looking for a different way to drive home a ...

Achieving the Impossible in Training

“Just because it looks impossible doesn’t mean it is,” said world-class magician Giovanni ...

Questions I’m No Longer Asking

I strive to strike a reasonable balance between reading blogs, books, and peer-reviewed ...

5 Reasons You Don't Need Training

When management finds that staff is not engaging in work behaviors desired by the ...

He Said, She Said: Communicating Between Genders at Work

At work, men and women use strategies in communicating with each other that the opposite sex ...

Diversity Training: A Key Learning Opportunity

Smart companies look for ‘learning opportunities’ in least expected places Here's an ugly ...

A Fighter Pilot's Guide to Effective Communication

Two long minutes passed since we had changed radio frequencies and I hadn't heard from my ...

America’s Trillion Dollar Training Problem

  In the last few years, we in the U.S. have all heard a lot about "trillion dollar" ...

Come on Baby—Do the Locomotion!

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a transportation company providing rail, ...

Lead Like a Sherpa: Inspire Your Team to the Summit

If you believe that an organization’s success is as much the will of the people as it is the ...

Twitter Tutorial

Even if you don’t grasp the hype surrounding twitter, it doesn’t hurt to be well-rounded and ...

Tech Tool: Facebook Applications for Learning

There are many ways to use Facebook for both learning and productivity, and a number of apps ...

Meetings and How to Do Them Right

Bestselling authors Mike Song, Tim Burress, and Vicki Halsey outline ways to cut through the ...

Mehrabian Nights

Here’s an urban myth about communication that’s harder to swallow than a whale. It’s one of ...

Offbeat: The new trainer's dictionary

Would you describe yourself as a workafrolic, capable of entertrainment of the highest ...

The Importance of Human Capital Analytics

Organizations cannot compete effectively - at least for long - without aligning their people ...

Top Ten Slide Tips by Garr Reynolds

  1. Keep it simple PowerPoint uses slides with a horizontal or "Landscape" orientation. The ...

Seven Ways to Add More Variety in Your Training

Finding ways to change-up your training can be difficult, especially if some of the ways ...

Learning Activities to Engage Participants, Cement Knowledge

In our Instructional Design workshop, where we help our learners modify their own workshops ...

NCOES Receives Prestigious Award for Training Redesign

LZ Harrison and his staff were recently recognized with the Pike's Peak Performance Award ...

Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp a Success for Recent Graduate

Do you need a compelling reason to attend our 21st Annual Creative Training Techniques ...

Don't Let Menial Details Steal Your Opening

How you open your training session can be a critical factor in how much your learners retain ...

Using Music to Solidify Learning

Why is it so easy to remember the words to our favorite songs even years after listening to ...

Can You Do It?

  Very often in our jobs and our lives, we believe that we have to “do it myself,” as a ...

My Life is a Song

There are times when a particular song seems as if it were written for us. When these songs ...

Flu Review: A Telepathic Trick That Gets Participants Involved and Interacting in Review

  A telepathic trick that gets participants involved and interacting in review Sometimes ...

Three Quick Tips for a Webinar with a WOW Factor

There is a huge push in the corporate world, and the non-profit realm as well, to save cash ...

Checking Your Document’s Readability

When you’ve completed your leader notes, conference blurbs or research for a conference ...

Need a Visual or Object Lesson for Removing Obstacles?

Deborah Schonfeld uses this template to create simple boxes. She puts clip art bricks onto ...

The Carrot Principle

The charismatic and shamelessly self-promoting presentation of Chester Elton’s The Carrot ...

Asked and Answered: Class Size and SMEs

Asked and Answered A reader asks: I am trying to develop a position for our organization's ...

What Followers Want From Leaders

The “vision thing” pales in comparison to instilling trust, compassion, stability, and hope

Creative Training Techniques are Universal in Their Application

Without risk there is generally scant reward. That truism hit home when I was invited to ...

Creative Training Techniques: The Beginning and the Fundamentals

Increasing Training Transfer while Maintaining Classroom Control The purpose of any training ...

Train the Trainer Certification: A Way to Get Ahead of the Pack

Companies are beginning to loosen the purse strings and are hiring once again. Industry ...

Creative Training Techniques Work Again

Glowing Reviews: How NNSY Implemented Participant-Centered Learning In 2006, personnel from ...

Webinar Tips

The Bob Pike Group has been working with several clients lately on how to transfer content ...

Creative Training Techniques Help Out with Design

When to Use Results-based Design: Marathon Case Study In 2009, following the investigation ...

Tips for Effective Presentation Introductions

Asked and Answered: Best Practice Guidelines for Introductions Asked: Are there any best ...

Fun Minute Manager

The Fun Minute Manager, a simple, fictionalized story, provides an engaging tale in which ...

Manager Training: A Tip or Two

Send Vital Material to Support Staff of Management Trainees The manager registered for your ...

Flip Chart Tip

Flip Chart Spell Check Perhaps you’re an incredible presenter, very comfortable building ...

How to Motivate Adult Students

How do you motivate adults? If learners are motivated, they retain more information. But can ...

Creative Training Ideas for Company Resources

Getting people to use learning resources in the company library can be tricky, Kathleen ...

Business Presentation Skills Workshop

Better Equipping Managers and High Potential Employees The Bob Pike Group is working ...

Becky Pike Pluth Named One of Training's Top Young Young Trainers

Becky Pluth, Bob Pike Group CEO, was named one of Training magazine’s Top Young Trainers for ...

Review Activity for Training: Hollywood Squares Takeoff Recaps

Hollywood Squares Takeoff Recaps Long Sessions Kathleen Burke-Scheffler uses this review ...

Creative Training Techniques Work for Sales Coaching

After The Bob Pike Group did an on-site workshop with Direct General in St. Charles, Mo., ...

Training in Paradise: Korea Leadership Center

The Korea Learning Resort is located one hour away from central Seoul. Located in the ...

Dealing with Difficult Participants Activity

Purpose: To understand behaviors of difficult participants and brainstorm strategies for ...

Training Request Forms: Where are They?

Asked: Can I find already-designed training request forms? If so, where?

Presentation Skills Tip: Slowing Down the Fast Talkers

Asked and Answered: Fast Talking Asked: I'm looking for an activity to use for instructors ...

The Power of a Positive Attitude

How you think does make a difference. Written in Sanskrit over 2500 years ago we find these ...

Career Change Advice: Why Not Look Within Your Own Company?

Zac Efron, teen heartthrob, turned down the lead role in the remake of Footloose because he ...

CEUs for Bob Pike Group's Courses

Bob Pike Group Becomes Authorized Provider of CEUs I find myself torn when I go shopping. On ...

New Trainer Becomes Pro with Creative Training Techniques

Finding My Passion: Applying Boot Camp Basics After recently attending a two-day Boot Camp ...

Creative Tips for Computer Based Training

Becky Pike Pluth previously presented on how to design and deliver participant-centered ...

Getting Support of Training from Management

Asked: When is the manager’s support most critical for the best outcomes in the transfer of ...

Effective Presentation Tips

Unconventional Wisdom: Don’t Just Tell Have you heard this purported “best” method of ...

Flip Chart Ideas

Flip Chart Cheat Sheets A great flip chart tip I learned years ago was to write information ...

Bob Pike's Training Answers

When other trainers have the chance to ask Bob Pike anything they want about his experience ...

How Many Objectives Is Too Many?

Dear Becky: I'm still on a “high” from all the great sessions I attended last week at the ...

Training Preparation Time and Co-Facilitation Guidelines Q and A

Asked: My training department is looking for help identifying best practices for both ...

Collective Wisdom

How can you continue the learning after the class is done? Here is an activity that gets ...

Making Training Safe

Betsy Allen Reflecting on how you like to learn reveals insights into good and poor ...

Creative Training Techniques Work

I thought you might be interested in hearing a success story from your Train-the-Trainer ...

Reduce Projector Downtime with Life Saving Bulb Tips

Reduce Projector Downtime with Bulb Life Saving Tips Ever get an LCD projector at your site, ...

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Design Tips

Knowing that PowerPoint (love it or hate it) is a tool of our trade, here are some little ...

Staying in the Game

The message came from Human Resources. There's nothing to worry about with the newly ...

How New Employees Learn

What does research tell us about adult learners and how to best work with them?

Training Tips to Take the Pain Out of Training

Training is tough work at times, especially when one or more of these aggravating problems ...

Storytelling for Training

Utilizing the Power Tool of the Caveman “Sam Walton was a great storyteller,” said Lee ...

Social Media for Teachers

Teachers: Resourcing is Not Cheating! Gone are the days of recreating the wheel every time ...

Tips for Computer Based Training

Creative Training Tip for Computer Based Training When doing classroom instruction for ...

Modeling the Flipped Classroom

A newer trend in education is called the flipped classroom. Some teachers are sending ...

In the News: Pike's Peak Military Winner's Strategy Explored

LZ Harrison and Wanda Blackmon received one of the 2013 Pike's Peak Performance awards on ...

Blow the Doors off Sales-as-Usual

We recently ran into an MVP who is blowing the doors off sales-as-usual. Jenny Allen is a ...

Four Pike's Peak Performance Awards Given

SoftBank Group in Tokyo; China Minsheng Banking Corp in Beijing; Cartus in Danbury, Conn.; ...

Engaging Openers from the Land Down Under

Openers are something every trainer should have in their toolkit, which is why the subject ...

SCORE 3: Superhero Sorting

Description: This opener will gauge the different knowledge and experience levels of the ...

Pinching Pennies: Training on a Tight Budget

According to the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), the average corporate ...

Creating Trust as a Coaching Strategy

It’s hard to find a more uniquely skilled person than Dave Arch, a certified magician with ...

Benefiting from a Recession

Benefiting from a Recession   Bad news about the U.S. economy continues to arrive on a daily ...

5 Ways to Increase Customer Referrals

5 Ways to Increase Customer Referrals  If you’ve been in training long, you know that ...

Q and A: Training Difficult People in the Medical Field

Asked and Answered: Training in the Medical Field I conducted a training class last week, ...
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Train-the-Trainer Tips for Making Handouts More Interactive

QUESTION: What ideas would you have for making handouts more fun and interactive?

Two Birds, One Stone: $25 Online Training Series

Online training in a format such as a Webex meeting or webinar is different than in a ...

Myth Buster: A Revisiting Activity from SCORE! 3

Use this revisiting activity from the new SCORE! 3 for Enhanced Training Results to combat ...

A New Way to do Distance Learning

Next week, we kick off our 20th annual Creative Training Techniques conference. It's ...

The 4G Coaching Model

Before the twenty-first century, the term coaching was not used much in the business world. ...

Women: The New Workforce

With so much discussion on the large numbers of employees expecting to retire in the next ...

Movie Facts…Sort Of

Movies depend on “suspension of disbelief” for us to get into the plotline and thoughtlessly ...

Been Listening Bingo

Creative Exercise for Meetings, Webinars and Seminars Do you keep falling asleep in ...

FIND-A-WORD BINGO [Revisit]

Purpose: This exercise provides a fun and yummy way to review content.

Opener: Silly Hats

Purpose: Openers are key in setting the stage for what is to come and a great way for ...

Closer: Crossword Puzzle Race

One challenge every trainer faces is training transfer—making sure your learners actually ...

Spicing Up a Webinar

Making Distance Learning Interactive Betsy Allen directed a webinar while at Training’s Tech ...

Interactive Training Makes a Difference | Letters to the Editor

Wonder if tips from The Bob Pike Group really work? Read on.

The Benefits of Podcasting

Ahhhh, podcasting…the next great idea in on-the-go training or training to a captive market! ...

The Domino Effect | Letters to the Editor

When trainers learn more effective and interactive techniques for helping transfer their ...

Business Forecasting: Is the Sky Falling?

“The sky is falling!” Chicken Little shrieked. When it comes to business forecasting, you ...

Linking Training Objectives to Measures of Training Success

Before training evaluation begins, program objectives must be developed. Program objectives ...

Mentoring: An Essential Tool for Encouraging Personal Growth

In ancient Greece, Odysseus entrusted his friend Mentor with the education of his son. Since ...

We Need to Talk

Recent research reveals that human interaction is an essential knowledge source for expert ...

Stop Starting with Smiles and Begin with Business Outcomes: Results-Based Integrated Design

Repeated studies over the past 70 years have challenged the impact of training. When tragedy ...

Maximize Retention by Matching Delivery Tools to Students’ Learning Styles

We are all looking for ways to train more cost-effectively and time-efficiently. We’re using ...

Questions To Consider When Doing Participant-Centered Training

In designing participant-centered training, many instructors use questions to help process ...

Getting Manager Buy-In

Managers before training have the number one responsibility for making sure training sticks; ...

Asked and Answered

When someone asks if you have experience in instructional design, what is it that they are ...

Positive Immediate Feedback from "Sendors" | Letters to the Editor

I wanted to update you on my most recent training initiative since attending your workshop.

Psychedelic Ways to Make a Point

Lora Haasl, Supervisor of Instructional Innovation & Technology Lab, West Texas A&M ...

Your Ear Knows

Adapt this puzzler to your content. Once the puzzle has been worked out, use the activity to ...

Quick Clips for Fun and Effective Training Transfer

Sometimes showing is much more effective than telling. Almost every teacher or trainer has ...

Determining Levels for Training Evaluations

There are generally considered five different levels at which a training or learning ...

Purposeful PowerPoint® Pointers: Part Two of Three

STOP using PowerPoint as a delivery mechanism! It is a support media for your message.

Adventures in Websites, Blogging and Podcasting

It all started when my beloved laptop of seven years started to slow down and I decided it ...

Participant-Centered Purposeful PowerPoint® Pointers: Part Three of Three

In this last of three articles designed to compel you to start putting the point back in ...

Why Process When You Can Lecture?

Seen the latest CareerBuilder.com commercial? The one where the training department uses ...

A Bakers Dozen (+1) Design Disasters

  Designing your training is one of the first critical steps in engaging your participants. ...

More Trainer Toolbox Ideas

Kelley Phipps, a senior trainer at Indymac Bank, F.S.B. in California, submitted her idea ...

Odd Man Out Puzzler

Most presenters and trainers rarely, if ever, open a presentation; they just start. They ...

Purposeful PowerPoint® Pointers: Part One of Three

This is the first of three articles designed to compel you to start putting the point back ...

Using the Close to Maximize Transfer

What’s wrong with the way many training programs close? There may be no close; people are ...

Helping Others Solve Problems: 3 Reasons Why These Attempts Fail

Ever tried to help a friend with a problem they were having? Did all attempts to help turn ...

Are We Trainers, Consultants, Performance Coaches or What?

It seems every 12-18 months, a new term will come along. Sometimes it's something new that ...

Considering the Generation Gap in e-learning

Technology-based learning (e-learning) is becoming rampant in the training industry for good ...

Creative Training Tools

Tip #45 Build Listening Skills with Dominos To demonstrate the importance of listening ...

Trainer’s Emergency Toolkit

You've probably been caught in a high-stress situation—perhaps a tear in the seam of your ...

Review and Revisit: Improving the Outcome of Your Training

Training, and reviewing, doesn’t have to be dull…but it’s so easy to make it that way. And ...

End of Training Evaluation: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

  Level Four training is where you want to be when you evaluate training…but if you haven’t ...

Letters to the Editor

Hi Bob: I enjoyed your insights on Military training and the South West Asia action. The one ...

Designing for Different Learning Styles

Can you recall conversations verbatim? Or is it easier for you to remember on what part of ...

Creative Training Tips: Learning Styles

The following Creative Training tips work well with at least two learning styles. The three ...

Focus Your Team

The ability of individuals to operate as a highly effective team is vital for achieving ...

Creative Training Tips from Readers

The following training tips were submitted by readers of The Bob Pike Group’s eZine.

Out of the Ugliness of War...Comes a Useful Metaphor for Trainers

For the six weeks of the Persian Gulf War, and for quite some time during its build up, ...

Spotlight: Ayako Nakamura

Ayako Nakamura had been a trainer in Japan for companies like Hilton and Proctor and Gamble ...

Arnold, Arch to Speak at Conference

Classic and clean is still funny, and Bill Arnold aims to prove it at the Night of ...

Standards and Norms: An Opener from SCORE! Volume 3

Use this activity to have workshop participants create their own ground rules for what would ...

Finding Your Passion

In May, I spent a few days in Dallas for the ASTD International Conference [American Society ...

Adapting, Adopting, Applying: More Adaptations from Participants

In Marc Ratcliffe's article in our August 2012 newsletter, "Four Fun Ways to Follow-up on ...

Improving Presentation Skills: From Sad to Glad in Three Days

Do you want to improve the results of your training and presentation skills? Do you want to ...

How You Doin'? Energizer from SCORE III

Objective: To encourage retention of names and to create an atmosphere of friendly ...

Nominations Sought for 2013 Pike's Peak Award

Nominate a colleague for outstanding dedication and implementation of interactive training ...

10 Tips for Training in Tough Times

If recent economic turmoil taught us anything, it's that every organization and department ...

People Don't Argue With Their Own Data: Opener

At The Bob Pike Group, we call soft skills training "core skills" training because you need ...

One on One Training Activity: Create a File

If you are used to classroom training and know the value of interac­tion among participants, ...

Creative Training Techniques 101: The Basics

Over the years, I've discovered what I call "Pike's Five Laws of Adult Learning." These, ...

The Power Differential in Knowing versus Knowing About

There are two types of knowledge: intellectual knowledge and experiential knowledge. People ...

Who Else Wants to Improve Training Transfer?

Over the years, one of the questions I have most often heard is "How can I improve transfer ...

Do Your 'Homework' for Advanced Training Results

Whenever I discuss presenting an Research-based Creative Teaching Strategies or Designing ...

Teach More by Covering Less

This weekend I spent a lot of time learning to use some video creation software. When I ...

Creating a Motivating Environment: Can it be Done?

Good employees can be tough to find, and a critical factor in choosing an employee is his or ...

Get on the CuTTing Edge

If you're thinking about attending our fall Creative Training Techniques conference, ...

Need Motivation to Overcome Obstacles?

Need a visual or object lesson for removing obstacles? Deborah Schonfeld uses this template ...

Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp

Transform your training with learning skills that separate the extraordinary from the ...
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BPG as Trusted Advisor: Working with the Military for More than 20 Years

So is it important to know the difference between an ensign and a plebe? And does it matter ...

BPG Unveils New and Improved Website

After 18  months of planning and design, we are proud to unveil our new website complete ...

Tip #30: To Build a Car

In tying with Becky's blog post on showing appreciation for teammates, here's a ...

What Builds Winning Teams in Pro Baseball? Budgets or Camaraderie?

When working to either build a successful corporate team, what better industry to ...

Group Gallery Activity Increases Retention

Increase retention of your content by having class participants create their own visual ...

Get Ahead by Improving Your Presentation Skills

No matter what your profession or job—manager, salesperson, doctor, quality team member, ...

Why The Bob Pike Group Annual Conference? Save by Registering Now

More than three decades ago, Bob Pike unveiled Creative Training Techniques, techniques that ...

Tough Times, but Good Things Expected in 2013

Over 61percent of employees globally label the economic situation in their country as ‘bad’, ...

Mind Mapping

One of the greatest challenges when making presentations is preparing for them. Many people ...

How to Keep Difficult Participants from Negatively Impacting Training

How can trainers keep difficult participants from negatively impacting the effectiveness of ...

Asked and Answered: Effective Openers for Time Management Workshops

  Asked: I need a powerful class opener for a time management session I'm facilitating. ...

EATing Outside the Classroom

The EAT (Experience, Application, Theory) method of instruction can work outside the ...

Getting Them Back on Time: Managing Difficult Participants

Pennie Morgan, leadership development coordinator at Central Community College, Grand ...

Onboarding Checklist: Setting up New Employees for Success

The benefits of a successful onboarding process are extensive and substantial for both ...

Talent Development Workshops Now Available to the General Public

For the first time, The Bob Pike Group is making its in-house-only workshops available as ...

Who are You? Creating a Team Identity

When putting learners into groups, Lindsay Lyons suggests giving each team bandanas, one ...

Why an Already Successful Training Company Partnered with BPG

Marc Ratcliffe Workplace Education and Development (MRWED) in Brisbane, Australia was ...

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

The three root fears of all public speakers are: fear of making a mistake, fear of ...

Asked and Answered: Involving Reluctant Participants

Asked: How do you involve participants with little interest in mandated training?

From the Trenches: Making Training More Fun, Engaging, Effective

Like so many trainers, I happened along into the field.  “You are technical, you can teach ...

Brain Based Learning: A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

"Neuroscience should be required for all students [of education] . . . to familiarize them ...

ATZRR(A to Z Relay Race): Opener, Closer, Revisiter for Webinars

Use this five-minute activity in a webinar of any length as an opening exercise, closer or ...

Choices...

People like choices, so have them choose a color to decide on their break time during ...

Asked and Answered: Measuring the Effectiveness of Remote Trainers

Asked: How do you measure the effectiveness of trainers that work for you remotely; ...

Asked and Answered: Low-Cost Permissions for Video Clips

Asked: I have Becky Pluth's book on Movie Clips That Teach and Train. In the book, Becky ...

Meetings, Bloody Meetings

When penciling in another meeting on your calendar, is it usually accompanied with a groan ...

BPG Unveils Customized Training Boot Camp for Military

For more than four decades, The Bob Pike Group has helped trainers maximize training with ...

BPG Courses Accredited, More Value-Add

There are so many training companies out there, all of us claiming to be the best at what we ...

Asked and Answered: Fun and Interactive Software Training

Asked: How do I make software training interactive and FUN?

Use Training Bites to Revisit Content

  As a revisit technique, the training department at BD in Holdrege, Neb., uses "training ...

Frozen Acronyms: Online Opener, Revisiter, Energizer

This activity can be used as a learning activity, energizer or revisiter A producer is a ...

Award Winners Named During 2012 Annual Training Conference

The best of the best in participant-centered training were recognized during The Bob Pike ...

Digging Deeper: Recapping the Adventures of Indiana Bob

Effective and creative ways to implement energy, enthusiasm and interaction into training ...

Impromptu Presentations Without the Jitterbugs

How do you get stage-frightened people comfortable with the idea of speaking in front of a ...

Activities for Making Training Online Interactive

"Training online is a completely different medium than training in a classroom and requires ...

Four Fun Ways to Follow up on Learning Transfer

Ken Blanchard (author of the One Minute Manager) argues that we should spend at least as ...
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Training Via Webinar Expected to Save Jiffy Lube $500K

As manager of learning and development for Shell Oil Company, Ken Barber is responsible for ...
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Ground Rules

Don't be afraid to let the group know what's expected. Information has a greater perceived ...
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Shorter, More Frequent Breaks

It's too easy for people to get involved with work-related problems or phone calls when a ...
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Group Leader Rotation

Rotate the role of group leader so a variety of personalities have a chance. This will help ...
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Small Groups

Smaller groups of five to seven work well for creating a safer sharing environment because ...
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Involving Opener

An opener is an activity that breaks preoccupation, facilitates networking and is relevant ...
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Group Projects

Group projects have so many useful purposes in a classroom. Some of these include having ...
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Agenda Presentation

To prevent later confusion, start each class by outlining the scope of the course. You can ...
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Practical Applications

Remaining intensely practical will consistently help learners maintain interest as they ...

Sailing the Five Cs

Last year, Doug McCallum took the challenge upon himself to create at least one activity for ...

Two Quick Activities to Easily Adapt, Adopt, Apply

Wanda Meyers, program manager at HRSA Learning Institute in Rockville, Md., attended The Bob ...

Asked and Answered: Accountability and Feedback Exercises

Asked: I am looking for different training activities regarding a manager's approach to ...

Two Tech Tips for Flipped Classrooms

A newer trend in education is called the flipped classroom. Some teachers are sending ...

Babystepping into Interactive Training

Norfolk Naval Shipyard [NNSY] was named one of this year’s Pike’s Peak Award recipients ...

Pike's Peak Award Winners Named for 2009

Today, the Pike’s Peak Awards were presented to four organizations which have demonstrated ...

Discovering Your Blind Spots: Ending Everyday Business Mistakes

A blind spot, when driving a car, means your mirrors don’t give you a complete picture of ...

More Creative Openers and Energizers

Our participants come into the classroom with their brains “full.” They are distracted. The ...

Questions We’re Afraid to Ask

Everyone, including me, has questions they are afraid to ask. And instead of asking them and ...

Training Managers? Here’s a Tip or Two

If you are training managers, here are two tips if you want them to arrive prepared and ...

Optimizing Training Transfer Tips

For Use with All Participants with Special Application for Difficult Participants Here are ...

People Don’t Argue with Their Own Data

  Effective Tactics for Working with Difficult Participants—and Everyone Else, too

The Performance Consultant—Trusted Advisor

The Performance Consultant/Trusted Advisor is often called upon to work with senior ...

My Best Coaching Lesson Ever

Raise your right hand. Now, pat the top of your head with your hand. Now, put your hand on ...

Training: Don’t Ignore the People Side of the Equation

Historically, we trainers have been drawn into our profession because we are people persons. ...
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