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"Entertainers and trainers have a lot in common. Both require an audience. Both require a polished, professional delivery. And both must attract — and keep — attention. Or else the show is over.
Unlike the audience at a show, training participants are often disinterested and easily distracted. In order to keep them tuned in and help them retain information, trainers are constantly in search of new ways to engage learners. Grounded in the latest adult learning and training theories, Show Biz Training provides creative techniques that use comedy, props, magic, theater, and music, giving readers all the tools they need to perform the many activities found inside. The book uses specific examples and provides step-by-step instructions, resource lists, and worksheets to help trainers support and further learning by engaging emotion, building rapport, creating the proper atmosphere, and crafting lessons out of a host of entertainment-inspired ideas. Packed with fun, original concepts for serious educators, Show Biz Trainingis a highly informative way to set the stage for exciting, effective learning."
Act I — The Info Fog
Chapter 1. The Distracted Learner
Chapter 2. The World is a Stage
Chapter 3. Let Me Entertain You
Chapter 4. Learnertainment
Act Two — Lessons from Entertainment
Chapter 5. Lessons from Comedy
Chapter 6. Lessons from Music
Chapter 7. Lessons from Magic
Act Three — Stageraft
Chapter 8. The Stage
Chapter 9. Props
Chapter 10. The Script
Chapter 12. The Performer
Posted February 8, 2005
I bought this book and I must say that it is money well spent. I was given the daunting task of conducting the orientations and meetings at our company. I was challenged to keep people interested on what could very well be boring subject matter, so I bought this book. It has taught me so many techniques on how to keep the new employees interested at the meetings. When I first took the job, I thought that teaching was just another thing, that it really didn¿t matter how it was done. This book proved me wrong, it showed me what teaching was about and I appreciate it for that. I would have to recommend it to anyone. This book has been highly effective and is now an asset to the training program at our company.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2004
Lenn Millbower will explain show biz techniques to you and how to use them in training. What this means is that you can become a more effective trainer while your participants actually enjoy being trained. By learning the techniques you will be able to develop trainings that are fun and enjoyable for you and your trainees but most importantly that will be remembered by the participants. It is a comprehensive book that covers all aspects of a training session. Filled with examples and resources this is a book that should be in every trainer's library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2003
I liked this book! Mr. Millbower does a very competent job of giving trainers many anecdotes and real-world examples of how the human brain functions and processes information. All of which can be directly extrapolated and used in making any trainer's programs more effective. While many of the ideas are akin to training tips I have written about in my own books, I learned quite a few things about how comedy, props, music and many other tools can be integrated to stimulate learners. There are literally hundreds of examples of tools that can be used (e.g. lists of songs that can be tied to training topics)included in the book. In looking at the author's background of entertainment, magic, music and being a long-time Disney employee, I can see where he gets his wealth of knowledge on the subject. This book is helpful to any trainer, especially newer ones. A definite source for any bookshelf!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2003
This book is an outstanding resource for all trainers, rookies and veterans alike. The reader is given numerous tips for improving training sessions, yet also learns about the underlying theories for why the techniques work. The concept of learnertainment brings a new perspective on the emerging expectations of workshop participants. I especially liked the product resources, including examples of how to use them in a meaningful way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.