18 Instructor-led Training Activities to Engage Your Learners

On Monday, I wrote a post with a similar title, but it turned out that was a bit of a Rick Roll-themed prank. Some people laughed. Others were disappointed that I didn’t actually have 18 suggestions to engage the audience during instructor-led training.

Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. Without further ado, here are actually 18 ideas for instructor-led training:  Continue reading

18 Training Activities that Engage Your Learners AND Get Results

Over the weekend I spent some time playing around with a series of micro-videos that demonstrate 18 different ways that classroom facilitators can engage their learners. Having used these activities in my own workshops, I’ve seen the power and potential that each of these activities has in leading to concrete, sustainable behavior change.

Here is a link to the videos on YouTube (a new window will open). If you have the time, please come back and let me know your thoughts in the comment section – either immediate reactions or observations once you’ve integrated one of these activities into your next workshop.

If you found any of the components in the micro-videos confusing or if you’d like a more basic breakdown of the activities in the video, a complete explanation can be found here.

Happy Monday!

25 reasons I love L&D (in alphabetical order)

Alphabet Cubes

Art. Michael Jordan’s blank canvas was the basketball court. Picasso’s was, well, a blank canvas. I see the training room as my blank canvas, and the learners’ experience is my masterpiece.

Bank. As in: I’m paid to do this! Seriously, I get paid to play with markers and facilitate games and come up with some crazy ideas. That’s pretty darn cool.

Creativity. Who in their right mind wants to plan a lecture or develop a click-through elearning module when there are so many other options are out there? One of the most fun elements of my job is figuring out new and unique ways to engage learners and get results. I get the feeling the learners like this, too. Continue reading

Instructional Designers Should Take A Cue From Pittsburgh Steelers’ LB James Harrison

Over the weekend, I read this article about American football player James Harrison, and how he returned two trophies that his sons had received because they had not really done anything to earn those trophies.

It made me think of the certificates that are given after people attend a training workshop or a conference or completing an elearning module. What do those certificates even mean?   Continue reading

Academics May Be The Least Patriotic Presenters On The Face Of The Earth

John Hancock

John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence was written so big because he was the president of the Continental Congress. The fact is, his was the only signature necessary to make the document official. Everyone signed the Declaration in a sign of solidarity.”

These were the words from a tour guide last Saturday as my family and I wrapped up our vacation in New England by walking part of the Freedom Trail. This information about John Hancock was new to me, and the tour guide didn’t stop there. He went on to say: “John Hancock had bigger ambitions. In fact, he expected to be named general of the Continental Army. After all, his fortune helped bankroll the army’s expenses in the early days of the American Revolution. There was only one problem… he didn’t have any military experience.”

Can you imagine how world history may have been different if the Founding Fathers of the United States had acquiesced to John Hancock’s ego and named a passionate, rich man dedicated to the cause of the American Revolution (yet without any military training or experience) as the top commander?

The desire to be the commander was, in part, a result of John Hancock’s ego and sense of entitlement. Patriotism and the cause of the American Revolution were only secondary. Ironically, his ego-driven desire to lead the army for a cause he was willing to give his life for (even though he had no experience or expertise in the matter) was itself an act of un-patriotic delusion. Thankfully there were people who understood this and named George Washington as the leader of the Continental Army. The rest is history.

As I listened to this story, I of course thought about learning and development and presentations that people are forced to sit through – either at work or at a conference – on a daily basis. Some presentations are phenomenal. Many are not.  Continue reading

Is it worth it to attend that industry conference?

I think conferences can be fun to attend. They offer an opportunity to see some big name speakers deliver keynote addresses. They offer an opportunity to meet new, likeminded people. They house breakout sessions which hold the promise to educate on hot trends or promising practices that can help me do things new or differently or better. And let’s face it, some conferences are held in some pretty fun cities and offer an escape from the daily grind at the office.

But are they really worth it? Continue reading

3 Recent Blog Posts Worth a Few Minutes of your Time

I’ve been on vacation the past two weeks, trying not to think about work. But every once in a while I still peek at a blog post or two. Recently I’ve posted about a variety of books to help round out your L&D library. But if you don’t have time to read something cover to cover, here are a handful of recent blog posts that might spark some thoughts and/or help you do something new or differently or better: Continue reading