Training Workshop Essentials: Designing, Developing, and Delivering Learning Events that Get Results / Edition 1

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Winner: Gold Axiom Business Book Award in Human Resources, 2010

This unique training resource offers trainers, educators, and facilitators a hands-on guide for designing and implementing training workshops and sessions that incorporate concepts learned from research on how the human brain best obtains, retains, and recalls information. By using this proven approach, trainers can create memorable workshops that are dynamic, fun, and effective events.

The author shows how to design, develop, and deliver training from a whole-brain perspective that addresses the three different learning modalities (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). Trainers can tap into accelerated learning strategies, address needs of different generational and diverse learners, and employ learner-tested techniques by applying key concepts from this book.

This important book covers all the basics including selecting a topic specifically to address audience needs. It provides a step-by-step process for creating an outline, designing, developing, and using brain-friendly support materials, choosing the appropriate location (with the right equipment and furnishings), choosing the best time and date, and offers tips for presenting the content to learners in a creative and professional manner.

Training Workshop Essentials offers brain-based strategies and techniques that go beyond typical training methods. These approaches will reach out and pull learners into the session's content and allow them to truly experience and retain the information long after the training ends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470385456
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. Lucas is the president of Creative Presentation Resources, a creative training and products company and the founding managing partner for Global Performance Strategies, LLC,an organization specializing in performance-based training and consulting services. He is the author of Creative Learning: Activities and Games That REALLY Engage People, The Creative Training Idea Book, The BIG Book of Flip Charts, and Customer Service Skills for Success.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Exhibits, and Tables.





Chapter 1: Making Learning Effective.

Chapter 2: Addressing the Needs of Your Learners.

Chapter 3: Creating a Dynamic Workshop Design.


Chapter 4: Using Brain-Based Research to Enhance Learning.

Chapter 5: Engaging Your Learners.


Chapter 6: Looking Like a Consummate Training Professional.

Chapter 7: Putting Power into Training Aids.

Chapter 8: Preparing to Share Your Knowledge.


Chapter 9: Keeping the Learning Going.

Chapter 10: Ending on a High Note.




Training Information.

About the Author.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Planning a workshop? Buy this book.

    I have known Bob Lucas for a number of years and have always been amazed at his ability to distill the complicated down to its essence. In Training Workshop Essentials he's done it again!

    This work focuses on the development of a workshop. It takes you step by step through everything you'll need to consider in designing and delivering an effective workshop. I especially appreciated Bob's discussion of gender brain differences and of generational differences. Not enough attention has been paid to either subject within the context of workshop development. Bob delivers this and more: Multiple Intelligences, brain-based research, learner engagement, facilitator presentation look, training aids, activities, room layout, etc., etc. etc.

    If you are planning on designing, writing, or delivering a training workshop, you should read Training Workshop Essentials.

    One caution - It does not address the business side of setting up and conducting a profitable workshop. That detail is provided in another book, How To Make It Big in the Seminar Business by Paul Karasik. My advice is to buy them both.

    Training Workshop Essentials is on my book shelf. It should be on yours too.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

    Best book on topic of conducting quality workshops

    This book is the best resource I have found for anyone who wants to learn what it takes to plan, design and deliver a quality training workshop. Bob Lucas has blended his expertise in brain-based learning with the knowledge and skills necessary to put on high quality workshops. Anyone from the beginner to the experienced trainer/facilitator will learn many useful ideas and pointers that will enhance their workshops. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

    Great foundation for new trainers, great tips for experienced trainers

    This is an excellent book for all those interested in conducting training workshops to ensure they cover all the bases in designing, developing and delivering the session. The author focuses on applying brain based research to enhance the learning environment resulting in details on the use of music and sound as well as the best color to use for flip charting-all covered in this easy-to-read manual. Extremely comprehensive, excellent checklists and strategies for success make this a terrific source for experienced trainers who will also pick up some great tips and sources for other materials.

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