MANAGING THE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

Managing the Training Environment

Be the master of the training environment – change a ‘tool’ into a valuable ‘asset’ for your training.
Whether you are training in a face-to-face workshop or via an online session, you need to be the master or mistress of the training environment. Quite often, sadly overlooking the training environment plays a pivotal role in setting the scene for what is to come, and how engaged your students might be. There are so many different things you can do to put yourself and your students at ease and activate the Prefrontal Thinking Cortex for the best learning outcome.

This webinar will not just look at what causes Anxiety and Stress in the Brain, but also how to minimize its negative effects on yourself and your students, so that the brain is eager and good learning can be achieved. Managing the Training Environment includes time issues, student behaviour, room and space (including online), nerves and technology, and the impact of stress on the brain and how to negate it. Again, as with all Brain Friendly Training, practical skills and ideas will be offered for you to experience for yourself to see how effective it truly is.. Start the whole process with the best learning environment you can create!

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

When it comes to Managing the Training environment there are five areas we need to be aware of to minimise anxiety for ourselves and our students.

  • Managing our own nerves and mindset as the trainer.
  • Having done the preparation, you know your material. Now you need to deliver it in a way that honours your effort and not lose your focus.
  • Managing our students’ Cortisol and Adrenaline levels to maximise learning. Simple and effective ideas that can be used to assist your students’ learning.
  • Managing any physical or virtual environment we are asked to train in. Don’t be thrown off by less than ideal environments. You are in control.
  • Managing the challenge of Time to work to our advantage, and to theirs. Maximise the time you are given.
  • Having your students arrive on time and mentally ready to learn once there. Tips that get them back from breaks on time, every time, without you being the time policeman.
  • Tricks and tips to Managing disruptive behaviours without losing your focus or energy.
  • Fun ways to stretch minds and extend the consolidation of learning
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus to build retention and confident implementation of the skills you have been teaching.
  • and so much more…

REVISION & RETENTION: EMBED LEARNING – BUILD CONFIDENCE

Retention and Revision – Embed Knowledge / Build Confidence

Build Confidence – Building in a lifetime Retention of Content with a 6 step approach.

To be sure, demonstrating competency is vital during assessment, but building in lifetime retention of knowledge is a true gift. Demonstrating skills in an exam is fine, but actually using these skills confidently and accurately in the workplace is the goal of a dedicated trainer.
By incorporating our simple six step process in your training delivery, you can help you students to have lifetime mastery of any skills (because it’s not what you are teaching, it’s how you teach it !) You can also assist to embed that learning easily so that you are not constantly going back over previous content, again and again. There are various ways you can help this recall and retention, without your students even realising that’s what you are doing, and it absolutely works, and it’s a lot of fun for you and them! In this webinar, expect to experience these methods for yourself and realise how much it improves your own memory recall.

Being able to subtly use simple and effective retention and recall exercises with your students will give you the satisfaction of knowing that your efforts in planning and research will not be wasted; students won’t fail to recall, and will intuitively use, the skills you have been teaching. Educators who fail to build retention and recall exercises into their delivery run the risk of their efforts and teaching being forgotten and lost in the massive amount of information students have to deal with each day. In this webinar I have highlighted all that you will need to help design effective information recall into your learning programs, using regularly spaced revision activities with your students throughout your sessions, using a variety of tools that ensures student enjoyment through fun engagement. Join this webinar and get the skills to build their retention.

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • Understanding the importance of ongoing, built-in Retention and Revision activities throughout your sessions so your efforts are not forgotten by the learners
  • Learning a host of FUN, tried, tested and true activities designed to cement and recall information, easily and for the long term
  • Renowned Educator, Tony Buzan, the inventor of the term Mind Maps, believes symbols and drawings can vastly improve retention. The good news is that your drawing skills don’t have to be brilliant to be effective
  • The importance of music in learning to help with memory retention
  • Effectively using both hemispheres of the learner’s brain with Clustering, Storyboarding, Brain Dumping and Mind Mapping to build retention
  • How vital it is to record the success stories of your students to build their confidence (and that of other participants) so that your material is real and relevant
  • Looking at how you currently review, recall, revise or revisit – and making it more effective
  • Fun ways to stretch minds and extend the consolidation of learning
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus to build retention and confident implementation of the skills you have been teaching
  • and so much more…

CREATE VS CONSUME – SETTING STUDENTS UP FOR SUCCESSFUL LEARNING

Setting Students Up For Successful Learning

Avoid learner overload!
Ensure students ‘experience’ the Learning, not just ‘hear’ content. Don’t make this common mistake — tell them and tell them and tell them, again and again … and keep telling them what you have told them until they get it. Newsflash! They’re not going to get it!

Training delivery must be Brain Friendly and Engaging to be successful. Too often trainers omit simple things from their delivery that can easily and quickly engage the Brain, yet it’s so simple to do. Remember: one style of presentation does not fit all. Unfortunately about only 8% of Learners actually learn primarily through the auditory sense. So lecturing to, and talking at, participants will not cut it. Your training, including your training environment, has to be “Multi-Sensory” if you want to maximise learning and knowledge recall.

Trainers very often have content expertise gathered over many years of experience, and their inclination is to ‘dump’ this entire knowledge and expertise in a very short, time-restricted training workshop. Learner overload ensues. It becomes all about the Trainer downloading information, NOT the learner absorbing the knowledge and filing it away for later as needed. If you really want your training to have impact, then enjoy this webinar that reveals an integral Brain Friendly rule to follow. You’ll also experience a wealth of Ideas to keep them engaged and ‘doing’ and not ‘drowning’. Set them up for success, don’t fail them for lack of brain friendly delivery skills to truly make their learning experience brilliant and worthwhile.

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • How to ensure your students learn to create new neuro pathways for learning, not just consume your rhetoric
  • Understanding the importance of pattern finding and brain connections
  • Realising that immersion is key to learning; not just dipping here and there
  • Incorporating the senses in learning and their importance when laying down memory and recall opportunities
  • Utilizing an emphasis on VAKT packed into a range of activities, tips and strategies for learning
  • Additional ways to harness the use of smart phones and media
  • Organising discussion groups and the importance of chat buddies
  • Ways to generate interest and raise energy in the room
  • Learning whole body activities to capture their attention
  • Unpacking the Tactile learner and why they need to be catered for in classroom situations
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus
  • and so much more…

LEARNERS ARE UNIQUE – LEAVING NO STUDENT BEHIND

Leaving No Student Behind

Available as both Public and In-house Webinar

Empowering, Engaging & Exciting – Catering for the Uniqueness of Learners and how to activate the senses for maximum recall and long-term retention of content.

The greatest gift an educator can give a student is an experience of learning that is Empowering, Engaging and Exciting – one that consequently ignites a desire for continuous improvement. When we teach the way students learn, they learn fast, retain the information and have the confidence to use the new skills learnt. As educators, we do our job with less stress knowing we are using techniques that facilitate impactful, successful learning.
This will be a fun webinar session where you will experience the art of empowering all learners while understanding how unique each student is with their absorption of knowledge. Ensure your training hits all the learning style targets in your classroom and leave no student behind.

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • Ensuring your focus is targeting all students by configuring your content delivery to their learning style
  • Unpacking the Learning Style model and 5 levels of Stimuli and Elements involved in learning absorption
  • Learning impactful ways to gather information from groups with the 1:2:ALL rule
  • Brain hemispheres, dominances and influences on learning
  • Utilizing Mind-Maps to best advantage for learners as an ideas stimulator
  • Powering up with Clustering and the Cinderella Process – right brain dump/left brain order
  • Understanding Reflective and Impulsive learners and how to get the best input from each
  • Using games to embed learning
  • Pre-Reading techniques to enhance learning time and improve time management
  • Increasing the power of Pre-Knowledge and reducing study time
  • Experiencing the use of Multiple Intelligences in training to convey concepts and theory
  • Commanding your audience through language and Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus
  • and so much more…

DESIGNING WORKSHOPS THAT ARE REAL AND RELEVANT

Designing Workshops that are Real and Relevant

Designing Workshops that are real & relevant with lots of WIIFM’s and takeaways. Training has to be more than ticking the boxes for the sanity of our students and ourselves. There is nothing worse than being asked by the Training and Development Department to train some dry, compulsory theory topic that they have all heard before and all know the answers to, because they have all… ‘done this one before’. Their body language says it all – ‘not again…I dare you to get me interested…What time is lunch?’

In workplace training we have learners who come along with various motivations and interest levels about the session’s topic that they have been “encouraged” to attend. In order to design workshops that are Real and Relevant for the learners we need to look at the marketing adage – The “W.I.I.F.M.” i.e.: What’s In It For them.

Too many times trainers focus on the features and technicalities of the training, rather than the benefits that a true mastery of these techniques will give the participants in their own personal lives. Mastering how to formulate the WIIFM in your design and delivery will give you back your passion for training, no matter what your topic. Watch your students come alive in your classroom!

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • Unpacking the second Principle of State: Real and Relevant – content designed to progress learning, not clutter the mind
  • Why it’s vital to activate the power of the R.A.S. brain, and how to utilize it prior to setting learning activities
  • Lassoing an important sales pitch and turning it to a training advantage – the W.I.I.F.M. principle
  • Learning to reveal features and benefits of knowledge uptake, and the power of asking ‘so what?’
  • Planning the three stages of workshop success: Pre / During / Post event logistics and goals
  • Important requirements for a successful learning experience BEFORE they arrive
  • Why the Line Manager of any organisation is key to successful learning
  • Learning to identify the right questions to ask for an optimum outcome post-workshop
  • Harnessing the power of pre-learning and foundational knowledge via media
  • Identifying ways to build early success and excitement in your participants
  • The VAKT in action for real and relevant knowledge transfer and assimilation
  • Experiencing the workshop from a learner’s point of view: motivation, practice, roles, immersion, transfer, engagement
  • Ensuring adequate revision and reinforcement activities are factored into your post-event plans
  • Utilizing the power of satisfied customers and word of mouth recommendations to build your reputation
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus
  • and so much more…

ESTABLISHING EARLY ENGAGEMENT

Establishing Early Engagement

Facilitate learning to be powerful and impactful in supporting long-term recall. Hook them, captivate them, keep them engaged – excite, motivate & engage learners.

There are 5 big ‘States’ for learning which active the brain’s chemicals, functions and neuro-centres to maximise learning outcomes. These include: peptide molecules, amino acids, parietal and frontal lobe engagement, noradrenalin, amygdale engagement, cortisol, dopamine and many others. A smorgasbord of chemicals to either enhance or hinder learning. Learn how to “Hook ’em early and get ’em curious” with a natural, brain-chemically-enhanced experience of excitement, curiosity, fun and wonder.

Begin your session by getting them curious. Stimulate the desire to learn the answer to a problem, thus activating the reward system of the brain so that, even before the answer is given, the state of curiosity provides a reward and a positive feeling. The Reticular Activation System (or R.A.S.) of the brain is engaged, as is the Parietal and Frontal lobes (the human thinking part of our brain).

We will experience simple ways to achieve this Early Engagement with some good framing-up activities. We need to get learners mentally and attitudinally present in the room, as well as physically there. These processes are simple, refreshing, practical and totally relevant to the challenges of teaching today. Refresh and upgrade your skills, and excite your students to learn … and keep on learning !

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • Setting up an exciting journey to engage curiosity and satisfy the Global learners
  • Manifesting a sense of positive anticipation for learners when they enter your classroom, and why this is important
  • Positive effects of attention-grabbing starts from the very beginning
  • Generating states of curiosity and the powerful impact this has on learning success
  • Designing activities to get them unconsciously questioning and seeking answers
  • Reaping learning rewards from harnessing the learner’s own sense of challenge and victory
  • Understanding the concept of STATE and how to manipulate it for learning outcomes
  • Ways to engage through unexpected situations and segues
  • Realising there are five main learning STATES and how to include them for optimum impact
  • Acknowledging the importance of fun throughout your lessons
  • Suggestions to help you engage student attention and focus to ensure you are delivering your content to open minds
  • Tip, tricks, and techniques galore for you to ‘market research’ and steal/implement for yourself
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus
  • and so much more…

GREAT TRAINERS – MASTERS OF MAGIC

Great Trainers – Masters of Magic

Training with the Brain in Mind and Guiding the Learner’s Mental and Attitudinal States to achieve the best learning outcome possible. If you are a great Trainer and Assessor, then here’s a title to add to your resume – ‘Master of Magic’. As a brilliant trainer you are, in effect, a ‘Master Manipulator’ or a ‘Master of Magic’; because in training, manipulation is the name of the game for an effective transfer of knowledge to occur.
“Manipulator?” I hear you say, “no, not me!”

Well, yes, it IS you, and there can be light and fun on the dark side – give it a try! The Experience of Learning is more than just consumption of information. For real learning and transfer of skills to occur, there must be a connection created within the learner’s brain. Your role is to become a benevolent manipulator in making this magic happen. After all, successful learning is all about connecting brain cells. Learn how to be the master of that magic connection…

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • Unpacking the principles of brain friendly training
  • Learning the importance of the learner’s STATE during information transfer
  • Understanding the 3 main STATE targets – Words, Focus & Physiology and why these are crucial
  • Knowing how to get learners curious to learn
  • Using relevant YouTube material to enhance your message
  • Recognizing your Knowledge blocks and barriers to learning
  • Avoiding the sentence that stops thinking
  • Inviting the unexpected and looking at training from a new perspective
  • Preventing the current view from embracing a better view to achieve success
  • Sharpening your focus down to what is relevant and important
  • Learning how to put your participants at ease and to feel comfortable in your training room
  • Ensuring your words are clear, concise and instructional and deliver your true meaning
  • Setting up the RAS alert – get their brains working unconsciously
  • Deliberately seeding your content with universal experiences
  • Putting information seekers at ease – the use of questions vs clarifications
  • Recognizing the power of self-talk – both positive and negative
  • Understanding the psychology of the learner
  • Discussing ways to bodily involve and connect learning groups
  • Being open to new ways of Adding value to your sessions – always
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus
  • and so much more…

ELECTRIC AND ENGAGING TRAINING DELIVERY

Electric & Engaging Training Delivery

Facilitate learning to be powerful & impactful supporting long-term recall
Delivering content in a brain friendly way, in any training environment, will get your message across quickly and successfully. Learners learn easily, and that learning sticks forever. From the advances in neuroscience we now know a lot more about the brain and how learning happens and ways we can facilitate this learning to be powerful, impactful and with long term recall.
In this workshop you can expect to experience brain friendly learning in practice, understand its impact for yourself and witness how easy it is to implement into any learning context. Word of mouth referrals are the lifeblood for any trainer or RTO and are the most cost-effective marketing tool that we have – and it’s vital. Positive referrals come from happy clients. These clients are participants who received top quality training that engaged and inspired them, with instant practical learning transfer into the workplace.
Maintain your currency and competency, and be prepared to have fun and stretch your own thinking as you experience some brain friendly training skills. We promise lots of ideas you can immediately use in your own practice. You and your students will love it – guaranteed!

You will learn ABOUT and how to USE the following:

  • Experiencing the ‘talk being walked’ with engagement guaranteed
  • Instantly applicable practical Ideas to use in your classroom immediately, not just theory to research
  • Understanding perceptual learning styles
  • Unpacking learning tendencies and dominances
  • Enhancing mental recall and memory skills
  • Building Neuron patterns
  • Utilizing group interaction – in person/online
  • Fostering Group information sharing – in person/online
  • Dissecting the 5 essential Principles of BFT based training and their application when training
  • Learning how to Value Add and enhance retention of content
  • Overviewing the important of engaging the R.A.S. and detailing the Journey
  • Perfecting the use of Universals
  • Knowing why Conscious Convincers are so important
  • Recalling techniques via your own experience
  • Training delivery skills interwoven with engaging, brain targeted focus
  • and so much more…

IS YOUR TRAINING IMPACT LIKE BLUE TACK OR SUPERGLUE TO THE BRAIN?

  • IS YOUR TRAINING IMPACT LIKE BLUE TACK OR SUPERGLUE TO THE BRAIN?
  • A fantastic workshop for injecting life into sometimes boring or mundane training topics
  • Absolutely most exciting & engaging training I have encountered.

The absolute, key focus of any training should be delivering content to all learning styles, in an engaging way, so it goes in and stays in, long term.

As a ‘trainer training trainers’ my delivery has to provide my participants with a personal experience of an attention-grabbing delivery style.  If you experience YOUR learning from the position of a student and find it has immediate impact and a successful outcome on your own learning, then you will naturally see the benefit and worth in revamping your training in a brain friendly style.

I strongly believe in ‘walking the talk’ when I deliver training so that you can experience the real impact of delivering content in a brain friendly way, based on the latest research in neuro-science. 

If I can’t grab your attention, hold it and pack your brains full of new ideas using Memory Superglue, then I am ineffective as a trainer.  How many boring training sessions have you attended in your professional life? How many less than effective trainers have failed in their mission to teach?  You cannot compare the short term grip of bluetack to the long term grip of superglue … this is the same with delivery techniques.  Train to make it STICK ! 

Do you?

TACTILE LEARNERS

Recently I was in Townsville running a Trainers Intensive and had three participants who became emotionally attached to their squashy toys.  It was so funny at the end of the day we nearly had to do some grief and separation counselling.

I trust that those who have worked with me in the past now appreciate that there is large group of people in our training room who are Tactile Learners. They need to fiddle to have their minds engaged.

Trainers have said to me in the past they don’t like having toys on the table at ‘serious’ meetings and with ‘serious’ content, in case the participants walk in, see the toys and groan or think “we are supposed to be here to learn, not play games.”

Might I suggest that you can address this in a couple of ways:

  • Explain to the group WHY the tactile materials are on the tables.  Ask: “Has anyone here ever been accused of being a fiddler, or got into trouble for peeling labels off jars or stubby bottles, or even unfolding paperclips? If so, then the squashy toys on the table are for you. Some of you are going to learn or think visually, that’s why the coloured pens are out and why there is plenty of blank paper to write on. Others will get tired sitting in one place so you folk will need to have a stretch if you need one. It will help your brains focus.”
  • Have some squashy toys on a side table and explain why they are there and suggest to those people who know they are fiddlers and stubby-label destroyers that they help themselves to the toys if they wish. It will help them focus on what they are learning; despite what teachers and parents might have said to them in the past – they literally NEED to fiddle to learn.
  • Have some multiple coloured pipe cleaners on a side table and invent an activity where they have to go up and collect some pipe-cleaners to represent, non-verbally, a particular situation as a pipe-cleaner sculpture. 
  • Look at your presentations – are YOU taking care of the ‘fiddlers’ in the room? Please don’t forget them because if you do, and they have a pen in hand, be prepared for some endless clicking until you engage their fingers elsewhere – you’ve been warned !