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When it was first published in 1995, Mel Silberman's 101 Ways to Make Training Active became an instant bestseller. Now this revised and updated second edition offers the same dynamic approach and 101 completely new case examples. The examples support each exercise and highlight real-time uses of the highly successful Active Training method. In addition, the book includes 200 training tips that form the nuts-and-bolts of successful active training. These tips incorporated in the book's top ten lists show how to build quality, activity, variety, and direction into your training programs.

For the first time 101 Ways to Make Training Active features a CD-ROM containing all the original "Top Ten Trainers Tips and Techniques" lists for easy reproduction and distribution.

Praise for 101 Ways to Make Training Active

"If you want to shift from lecture-based learning (or lack of it) to participant-centered (with plenty of transfer), then 101 Ways to Make Training Active belongs in your library. Mel never fails to provide practical tools and strategies for making training come alive."

Bob Pike, chairman and CEO, The Bob Pike Group and author, The Creative Training Techniques Handbook

"I can now retire my beat-up copy of Mel's original 101 Ways to Make Training Active that I have been using the last ten years. The second edition is even more practical. It retains the original brilliance and adds new and powerful activities. I am planning to buy two copies and keep one of them under lock and key."

Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan, resident mad scientist, The Thiagi Group and author, Design Your Own Games and Activities

"Wow! 101 Ways to Make Training Active has just gotten better! What a great new collection of creative and useful ways to make training active and improve learner retention. I can't wait to try them out."

Jean Barbazette, president, The Training Clinic and author, Instant Case Studies

"Mel Silberman has done it again! With this second edition, he has polished to perfection his fabulous 101 Ways to Make Training Active. Sparkling with easy-to-read and easy-to-use ideas, this gem of a resource is a must-read for anyone in the training profession. You will use the wealth of material found in this book until its pages are flagged, dog-eared, and worn out."

Sharon Bowman, author, The Ten-Minute Trainer: 150 Ways to Teach It Quick and Make It Stick

"We all know that learning by doing beats every other instructional method hands down. That's why this book is so important. It's packed with ideas for greatly improving learning effectiveness. A must resource for all trainers."

Dave Meier, director, The Center for Accelerated Learning and author, The Accelerated Learning Handbook

Bestselling author and internationally known trainer Mel Silberman offers over 100 suggestions on how to organize and conduct lively, active training sessions. Each of the 101 techniques is described and illustrated by a goal, a statement of purpose, a procedure, step-by-step instructions, and variations, suggestions for alternative ways to use the technique. This title carries a short discount.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883904756
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Mel Silberman is former professor emeritus of adult and organizational development at Temple University, where he received its Great Teacher Award. He is also president of Active Training, Princeton, New Jersey, a consulting firm that provides courses on active training techniques, interpersonal intelligence, and team facilitation. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, including Active Training, The Best of Active Training, and The 60-Minute Active Training Series.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource.


Two Hundred Tips.

Ten Layouts for Setting Up a Training Classroom.

Ten Techniques for Learning Names.

Ten Questions for Obtaining Participant Expectations.

Ten Methods for Obtaining Participation.

Ten Assignments to Give Learning Partners.

Ten Occasions to Use Response Cards.

Ten Ways to Make Learning Visual.

Ten Suggestions for Activating a Lecture.

Ten Common Games Trainers Play.

Ten Energizers to Wake Up or Relax a Group.

Ten Strategies for Forming Groups.

Ten Alternatives for Selecting Group Leaders and Filling Other Jobs.

Ten Tips When Facilitating Discussion.

Ten Options for Role Playing.

Ten Steps to Use When Facilitating Experiential Activities.

Ten Timesavers When Active Training Takes Time.

Ten Tricks for Calling Participants to Order.

Ten Props That Dramatize Learning.

Ten Interventions for Regaining Control of the Group.

Ten Tips for Online Active Learning.


Team-Building Strategies.

1. Stand Up and Be Counted.

2. Human Scavenger Hunt.

3. Group Résumé.

4. Predictions.2

5. Television Commercial.

6. Me Too.

7. Really Getting Acquainted.

8. Team Getaway.

9. Reconnecting.

10. Setting Ground Rules.

On-the-Spot Assessment Strategies.

11. First-Class Survey.

12. Introductory Go-Arounds.

13. Assessment Search.

14. Instant Assessment.

15. A Representative Sample.

16. Class Concerns.

Immediate Learning Involvement Strategies.

17. Active Knowledge Sharing.

18. Rotating Trio Exchange.

19. Go to Your Post.

20. Lightening the Learning Climate.

21. Exchanging Viewpoints.

22. True or False?

23. Hangman.

24. Buying into the Course.


Active Lecturing.

25. Gaining Attention.

26. Inquiring Minds Want to Know.

27. Teaching by Analogy.

28. Listening Teams.

29. Guided Note Taking.

30. Lecture Bingo.

31. Guided Teaching.

32. Acting It Out.

33. Team Quiz.

Stimulating Discussion.

34. Active Debate.

35. Town Meeting.

36. Three-Stage Fishbowl Discussion.

37. Expanding Panel.

38. Point-Counterpoint.

39. Reading Aloud.

40. Card Exchange.

Prompting Questions.

41. Learning Starts with a Question.

42. Question Cards.

43. Planted Questions.

44. Role Reversal Questions.

Team Learning.

45. Information Search.

46. The Study Group.4

47. Card Sort.

48. Learning Tournament.

49. The Power of Two.

50. Team Investigation.

Peer Teaching.

51. Group-to-Group Exchange.

52. Jigsaw Learning.

53. Everyone Is a Teacher Here.

54. Peer Lessons.

55. Participant-Created Case Studies.

56. Poster Session.

Active e-Learning.

57. E-Mail Exchanges.

58. Dear Addie Letters.

59. Application Questions.

60. Web-Based Scavenger Hunt.

61. Real-time Feedback.

62. e-Learning Journals.

Emotional Intelligence.

63. Jolts.

64. Seeing How It Is.

65. Billboard Ranking.

66. What? So What? Now What?

67. Active Self-Assessment.

68. Stop, Start, Continue.

69. Storytelling.

Skill Development.

70. Show, But NOT Tell.

71. The Firing Line.

72. Active Observation and Feedback.

73. Non-Threatening Role Playing.

74. Triple Role Playing.

75. Rotating Roles.

76. You Write the Script.5

77. Practice-Rehearsal Pairs.

78. I Am the.

79. Curveballs.


Reviewing Strategies.

80. Index Card Match.

81. Flip Chart/Slide Review.

82. Review Scrabble.

83. Crossword Puzzle.

84. Jeopardy Review.

85. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

86. Participant Recap.


87. Reconsidering.

88. Return on Your Investment.

89. What We Are Taking Away.

90. Physical Self-Assessment.

Application Planning.

91. Self-Monitoring.

92. Peer Consultation.

93. Obstacle Assessment.

94. Job Reminders.

95. I Hereby Resolve.

96. Follow-Up Questionnaire.

97. Sticking to It.

Closing Sentiments.

98. High Fives.

99. Connections.

100. Group Photo.

101. The Final Exam.


About the Author.

Pfeiffer Publications Guide.

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