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How to Ensure a Repeat Course Continues to be Enjoyable

Posted by Beth Brashear on 7/16/18 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we all have that one course we teach repeatedly. You know the one I’m talking about. The course that brings about the little voice in your head that says, “If I have to teach this one more time!” We’ve all been there. I know I have! So, how do we ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable for us, the trainers?

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Tags: presentation and application methods, instructional techniques, instructional design, icebreakers, energizers

4 Ideas for Using Brainteasers in Training Courses

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/21/17 8:00 AM

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Do you use brainteasers to start your training day or to refocus or energize your learners after breaks? Brainteasers have multiple benefits, such as:

  • Increasing creativity
  • Adding fun into your training course
  • Building rapport between the learners as they work together to solve them
  • Refocusing and re-energizing your participants

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Tags: energizers, brainteasers, icebreakers

50 Ways to Add Excitement to your Training!

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/29/16 8:00 AM

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When I was grocery shopping the other day it occurred to me that we enjoy a variety of choices in this country. Some may say we have too much to choose from in everything we do. Do you want fresh or frozen, canned or boxed, paper or plastic, single serving or family size? Even at the airport, getting ready to board my plane, there are so many categories of air travelers. Special club members and first class passengers board first, then military personnel, then families with small children, followed by passengers who have paid for extra space seating, and finally, the rest of us. Just crazy! Do we really need all of these choices?

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Tags: energizers, instructional design, instructional techniques, icebreakers

An Icebreaker When Time is Tight

Posted by Paul Sitter on 4/11/16 4:00 AM

A table change is a useful tool for trainers to help manage group dynamics. It can also be used as an energizer and to minimize disruptions. A table change can wake people up in the morning or late afternoon, and can build some much needed physical activity into the day. Most trainers routinely include table changes into their training.

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Tags: icebreakers, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

How to Create Your Own Brainteasers

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/11/16 3:00 AM

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Everyone loves a good brainteaser! They are very versatile, can be used strategically throughout your training, and should be part of every instructor’s instructional techniques toolbox.

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Tags: instructional techniques, icebreakers

How to Build Creativity into your Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/6/14 4:00 AM

I’ve often heard trainers complain that their courses are dry and they want to make them more interesting and fun. Bring on the creative instructional techniques! They want their courses to be livelier, however, in the same breath, they share their reluctance to take risks and try something new and creative.

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Tags: energizers, instructional techniques, icebreakers

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