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Trainer Blog

Five Creative Openers to Get Participants’ Brains in the Game

Jul 25, 2018 10:45:51 AM

There’s a big difference between opening a training session and simply beginning. A strong opener—done when class begins or after returning from break—is a purposeful activity that’s directly related to the content being taught. It’s not a 10-minute monologue, it’s not a list of how the day will pan out, it’s not even the course objectives. The goal? To extend a warm welcome, grab your participants’ attention, break preoccupation, allow for networking, and move them into a place of learning. You want to connect with your audience, you want them to feel comfortable with one another, and you ultimately want them to remember what you’re about to teach. Openers help create an environment that’s conducive to learning.  

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Leave ‘em Jazzed: How to End Your Class with Impact

Jul 10, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Do you feel like your class or training session just kind of ends with a whimper rather than a firecracker bang? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can make a memorable impression by closing your session with impact and purpose. This does not include filling up every last minute with content or “wrapping up” by asking the group if they have questions. Instead, reserve the last 10-15 minutes of your session for a powerful ending.

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PowerPoint 101: Ditch the Boring Bullet Points

Jun 19, 2018 4:18:48 PM

Did you know PowerPoint has been around for 27 years? Just like you, it has experience and knowledge, and just like you, it has to up its game during presentations or people will tune out.

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5 Steps to Writing Clear and Measurable Learning Objectives

Jun 5, 2018 4:25:46 PM

Learning objectives aren’t just a list of what you’re covering in class. Good learning objectives are what you want your students/trainees to learn or achieve (“by the end of this course, you will be able to...”). If you don’t know the end goal—and you don’t have certain measurable checkpoints—you can get lost along the way. Here are some tips to help you get started:

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When Silence Is Golden: The Power of the Pause

May 21, 2018 4:46:18 PM

When you’re presenting and you’re passionate about the subject matter, or familiar with the content and just can’t wait to share what you know, it can feel awkward to stop and pause. A well-timed pause, though, is just as valuable to your audience as it is to you as the speaker.

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6 Main Types of Effective Presentations

May 8, 2018 4:03:27 PM

We've all been to presentations that inform us, persuade us, instruct us, inspire us, and even entertain us. The best ones leave a lasting impression. Why? They had a clear purpose—and the speaker's enthusiasm was likely contagious.  

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Helpful Tips for Dealing with Difficult Participants

Apr 26, 2018 10:38:17 AM

Difficult participants—they seem to find their way to just about every classroom. Trainers are eager to learn tools to handle these uncomfortable and sometimes awkward situations. Here are some tips on working with unwilling (or just unaware), yet still difficult trainees from author John Townsend.

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

Apr 12, 2018 1:03:27 PM

Have you ever been to mandated training that you thought would never end? As the trainer drones on, you find yourself thinking about dinner, daydreaming about the weekend, doodling in your notebook, thinking about anything other than what you’re supposed to be focusing on. A big part of the problem is boring lecture-based training. Spice it up with instructor-led, participant-centered training.  

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Change the Game with Training that Sticks

Mar 20, 2018 5:52:00 PM

Companies wouldn’t invest in training if they didn’t want their employees to apply the knowledge they’ve learned back on the job. How, though, can you efficiently—and effectively—transfer your knowledge to the trainees so that it’s implemented in the workplace? If you want your training to stick, there must be a well-defined strategy before, during, and after the training takes place.

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The 7 Laws of Learning for Training Success

Mar 6, 2018 4:20:02 PM

Successful training design and delivery depends on a trainer’s ability to create a learning environment that reaches all participants. To reach this goal, a set of core principles—or laws—was created to serve as the foundation for successful training. Your goal as a trainer is to incorporate elements of these principles into your course and ultimately, reach all of your participants. 

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Top 5 Benefits of Professional Certification

Feb 20, 2018 3:27:03 PM

 At The Bob Pike Group, we support your professional growth and development. One way you can differentiate yourself as a dedicated and motivated employee—someone who is committed to your career—is through earning a professional certification. Companies that know the value of quality training consistently select The Bob Pike Group for professional development and certificate programs. Learn more about the benefits of a professional certification: 

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Bring Your Ideas to Life with Infographics

Feb 6, 2018 12:16:08 PM

When your learners are struggling to pay attention, it’s not their fault. It’s just the way our brains are wired.

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