The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning

The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning

The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning

The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning

Synopsis

Recognized expert Robert W. Lucas takes training to new levels of fun, participation, and results. Trainers have to be creative if they want their participants to feel excited, challenged, and involved. The Creative Training Idea Book is packed with instructions for using activities, games, puzzles, toys, and props to increase energy and active participation in the classroom, and reveals how to think creatively about training in any situation. Based on the author’s nearly three decades of training experience, this invaluable resource gives trainers the tools to adopt a fun, energetic approach that will make for a stimulating learning environment.

Excerpt

For almost three decades, I have been involved in training adults in many different environments. I started as a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor in the early 1970s, with the approach that there was just one way to train. That way was autocratic, rigid, and left little room for individualism or creativity. Since then, I have come a long way in my thinking, just as many of you likely have since you started your training and presentation careers. Having worked in profit, not for profit, nonprofit, government, and volunteer organizations, and as a consultant to many major companies and organizations, I have been able to see and try many strategies for training adults. Some approaches have been more effective than others.

When I look back on the environment of the military classroom, I certainly understand the theory and reason behind what we did based on the need to train people to respond to orders unquestioningly. I also recognize the need not to try a similar approach with today’s participants and in a business environment.

My awareness of the need to change and do things differently in the learning environment brings me to the purpose and intent of The Creative Training Idea Book. For many years, I have researched and practiced new and innovative techniques and strategies that can capture and hold participant attention while enhancing learning. I have come full circle since my days of military directives and lectures. Today, I attempt to incorporate a more open, participant-centric approach to learning. Through application of brainbased learning concepts, which employ a variety of elements such as color, sound, images, aromas, activity, and music, I strive to tap into various levels of brain activity. My purpose in doing so is to induce and expand learning and assist in retention of ideas, information, and concepts. in writing this book, I want to share the best practices that I have experienced and used.

The need for changing thinking about how adults learn and should be trained is necessary because the world of business is different today. Program attendees are better educated, more diverse, and more exposed to the world than they have ever been. They also have a lot of creative ideas to offer based on their personal observations and experiences. Failure to recognize these factors, and act on them appropriately when interacting with your learners in a training environment, can result in failure of programs and apathy among trainees and their supervisors.

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