This is Laurie Kelly’s signature Workshop:

Professional Development for Trainers & Educators – a ‘Train The Trainer’ course that adds real value:

  • Brain-Friendly delivery skills to Engage Learners
  • Accelerate Learning
  • Make Learning STICK
  • Build professional confidence

Word of Mouth referrals are the life-blood for any trainer and are the most cost effective marketing tool that we have at our disposal.

These referrals come from happy clients. These clients are participants who received outstanding training that engaged and inspired them; and organisations who received excellent return on investment because of practical learning transfer into the workplace.

It is the ability to deliver quality training that will build your reputation in the market place.

This program is about giving trainers practical skills to Engage the Learner to build both your training quality and future ROI.


This course teaches delivery skills which go BEYOND the current VET Cert IV in Training and Assessment, teaching you how to use Brain-Friendly training techniques so that participants will leave your training programs energized and confident to implement strategies to achieve real behavioural change!

  1. Engaging your audience
    • How to engage your audience - WHY?
      • So that they are eager and confident to participate
      • To raise the energy and motivation of the group.
      • Add more sizzle
      • Transform cynicism into excitement, or anxiety into unstoppable confidence
    • How to gauge and respond to your audience’s expectations and interests – HOW?
      • Interaction: Breaking up ‘cliques’ – so they are out of their comfort zone and ‘learning transfer’ is easier
      • Using small group techniques – so all participants are actively engaged
    • How to gauge the pre-knowledge of the group and encourage them to contribute their knowledge to the group - WHY?
      • Four different ways of gauging the pre-knowledge of the group – so you can target your material using good adult learning theory
      • Recognize previous knowledge – so you can utilize the expertise in the room
      • How to ‘Add Value’ to existing knowledge – so people feel their expertise is acknowledged and can be enhanced by adding value to it
  2. Your training style – we are all UNIQUE
    • What is your learning style and how does it impact on your training style?
      • So you don’t fall into the trap of teaching only the way you learn. You can accommodate all learning styles
      • So that you will understand how you learn, and the 23 elements that affect the learning influence of you and others
    • How to keep your training style fresh and relevant
      • Making the 8 Intelligences practical, especially for technical training – complicated concepts can be easily delivered so that they are absorbed and understood
      • Modelling ways to engage various learning styles – they’ll see it; they’ll hear it; and they’ll do it – so it sticks
    • How to present well to the group
      • Using the Philosophers Walk – so you model to the group Visual / Auditory / Kinaesthetic / Tactile learning – (VAKT)
      • Using the Pencil Technique – so you look clever and minimize your nerves
    • How to effectively facilitate the group
      • Using your group as co-facilitators – so you aren’t doing all the hard work; and your attention stays with the needs of the group
      • Understanding the myths of learning – so that confidence is developed
  3. The training room/learning environment
    • How to create an effective learning environment
      • Creating an atmosphere within the room – so participants are relaxed and open to learning
    • How to grab the group’s focus
      • Bring their focus into the training room – so they leave their worries behind and are open to your session
    • An alternative to ‘death by Power-Point’
  4. Activities to encourage interaction
    • Different resources to encourage interaction & promote increased energy levels, including:
    • Brain Gym exercises – so you can energize the group at any stage in the day and deliberately target what you need the group to be doing
    • Six different ways with playing cards to get your group interacting – break up the cliques, get the energy moving, get positive thinking happening
  5. Encouraging positive mindsets – STATE is Crucial
    • How to combat nervousness, encourage excitement in learning and keep your participants focused
    • Creative Session Openers – generating excitement about the learning possibilities
    • Overcome negative mindsets – so behavioural change is possible and they don’t give you a hard time
    • VAKT – how to build these perceptual modes into your sessions – your participants will be immediately engaged
    • Generate movement in the training room – gets the energy up, engages mobile learners, and minimizes boredom and distractions
    • Keep them awake after lunch – so when you are on the graveyard shift your sessions have vitality and impact
    • Keep the group on task – so you get through the material and are not high-jacked
    • Six fun ways of appointing scribes and relieving tension – so people are having fun doing necessary tasks
    • Build positive experiences – so people leave feeling confident and rapt in you as a trainer, and willing to change behaviour
  6. Keep it REAL
    • Keeping focus on the WIIFM factor
      • Improve the way learners transfer and apply the learning back into the workplace
      • Raise the credibility of training by finding better ways of linking it back into the workplace
    • Help participants to create truly compelling learning goals, that keeps them engaged and energised
    • Design your training with the end in mind. What experience do they need to assist them achieve this outcome?
  7. Evaluation and feedback techniques
    • How to find out what your group is thinking
    • How to lessen anxiety in the plenary feedback sessions – so people are relaxed and focused on the sessions, and you get honest feedback
    • Feedback Cards – so that you know exactly where all of the groups thinking is, not just the verbal few
    • Evaluation techniques – so that the group is focused on continuous improvement
  8. Presenting your resources and materials
    • Are your resources responding to the different learning styles (e.g. are they tactile, colourful etc?)
      • Use of Graphics – brighten up boring and dry content
      • Utilizing tactile resources that make your material is relevant to those who need to ‘touch’ it
      • Creative Chart Work – engages the visuals and makes you look professional
    • Are your training manuals aesthetically pleasing and easy to comprehend?
      • Whole Brain Learning Techniques – such as use of stories, metaphors, humour, graphics, colour, overviews, factual input – so that your material is presented in a way that people learn and succeed
    • Creating relevant ice-breakers – so that you are not wasting valuable time
  9. Memory and reading techniques
    • How to teach your group to read faster and comprehend more
      • Pre-reading – participants will love you forever for this one when they learn the tricks to read and comprehend at a speed they never thought possible – straight away
    • How to help with memory training and build retention
      • Six different methods to build retention, so they get it, can recall it and use it – so your training sticks
      • Memory training skills
  10. Brain Friendly Training
    • Keep it Real – make it highly focused on their training reality
    • State is everything – get participants into a highly motivated, resourceful state to learn. They will then use this state when applying the learning
    • Honour uniqueness and difference – tailoring training to the learning styles of the participants and to the unique culture of the organization
    • Make the training rich and Multisensory
    • Create v Consume - have participants create meaning of the information, not just consumption – then they will use it

This workshop is for trainers who want to make an impact, come up with new ideas, think creatively and achieve high energy, high-impact training programs.