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"The Ten-Minute Trainer is an awesome guide for anyone who wants to spark engagement and learning. Its nuggets of wisdom, creative suggestions, and reader-friendly format make it a perfect resource for promoting effective training. Thank you Sharon!"
--Mel Silberman, author, 101 Ways to Make Training Active and Training the Active Training Way

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The Ten-Minute Trainer

Do you want to create a lot of training in a little time? Do you wonder how to involve your learners without wasting their time, or yours? Do you want to use your training time wisely and well?

The Ten-Minute Trainer is just what you need. Written for the busy training professional, this practical, grab-it-and-go book will show you how to design and deliver effective training programs in less time and with increased learner retention. Based on two major concepts—shorter segments of instruction are better than longer ones, and learners remember more when they are involved in the learning—this book provides 150 quick, high-energy ways to involve your learners without sacrificing content. This timely resource will also help you organize your training time so that your learners get the most from your instruction. With The Ten-Minute Trainer as your guide, you will be able to:

  • Choose from 140 "Got a Minute?" activities proven to help learners review, repeat, and remember important information
  • Use 10 short "Take Five!" games to RAP up the learning—Reinforce, Apply, and Practice—so that learning is moved rapidly into long-term memory
  • Soak up ordinarily wasted instructional minutes with 30 Time Sponges such as Quick Starts, Take a Break, and Early to Finish activities
  • Apply 2 powerful instructional tools—the Learning Compass and Training Map—to shorten your training design and delivery time
  • Include 4 "Get a CLUE!" elements to increase motivation and memory
  • Use 5 Power-Hour Training Templates to create a custom training session on any topic, for any size group, and any age learner
  • Change your concept of training time as you use small but mighty seconds and minutes in creative, interesting, and memorable ways
  • Become a more time-efficient training professional and be able to explain the what, why, and how of it all to your training colleagues

Sharon Bowman, a thirty-year veteran teacher and trainer and author of seven popular training and motivation books, welcomes you into her world of fast-paced, shorter-is-better, high-energy, "teach it quick and make it stick" training!

"The Ten-Minute Trainer is an awesome guide for anyone who wants to spark engagement and learning. Its nuggets of wisdom, creative suggestions, and reader-friendly format make it a perfect resource for promoting effective training. Thank you Sharon!"
—Mel Silberman, author, 101 Ways to Make Training Active and Training the Active Training Way

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787974420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787974428
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Monica A. Wiant on August 2, 2006
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If you're wondering why your students have that glazed-over look, buy this book!

The book is chock full of ways to make training interactive, engaging, and appeal to all the senses and learning styles. There is just enough neuroscience sprinkled in to offer credibility, but ultimately it is a book about practice and not a dense theoretical tome.

True to its title, The Ten-Minute Trainer is broken into easily readable pieces, which is perfect for readers with a tight schedule or ADD tendencies.

I summarized the thesis of the book into a 30-minute class for my Training department (using 7 of Bowman's presentation techniques) and my colleagues are still talking about my presentation 6 weeks later. Usually, these types of presentations go in one ear and out the other. This time, I actually found a topic - and presentation method - and made it stick!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Perry on April 1, 2007
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Regardless of your time in the training position, this book is a MUST HAVE. If you are new to the position, there are quick tips and tricks to get you started on the path to active learning for your audience. If you are an experienced trainer, soak in the chapters on the "why" behind the activities. Sharon's approach is not only easy for the facilitator, but, more importantly, rewarding for the learners. Pay close attention to the variations on each of the techniques, and you will never run out of material. As a corporate trainer with an education degree, this book showed me exactly what I didn't know, as well as what my learners were missing out on! Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Laurel on September 28, 2005
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Dave Meier, the director of the Center for Creative Learning, and Sharon Bowman's mentor, must be very proud. The Ten-Minute Trainer is chock full of quick wonderfully imaginative ways to engage learners that work beautifully in all types of training sessions. Need to break up a lecture with limited time to spare? Sharon offers 1-minute, 5-minute, and 10-minute accelerated learning techniques that also address the needs of the kinesthetic learner, who is often the most difficult to satisfy in a classroom. I've used learner-centered experiential training techniques for over thirty years and cannot believe how easy it is to incorporate her techniques! My personal favorites include the time sponge, pop-up, grab the spoon, mark up, and the walkabout. I've already used them and my participants love them! Every lecturer and trainer should keep this book handy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Swackhamer on December 16, 2005
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Anyone lucky enough to participate in a Sharon Bowman training session has witnessed a gracious, high energy, interactive and highly effective discussion leader. She explains to you how she trains, and then demonstrates. Her new book, "The Ten Minute Trainer" is a deja vous experience, plus more. It also serves as a well organized reference book to provide new ideas each time you need a spark for your training. Her approach to training is at the other end of the "death by Power Point" spectrum. This book is highly recommended if you want to light a fire under your training classes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Parkins on August 17, 2006
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As owner of PICKS Training & Consulting, I'm always looking for effective materials to help me train - and to teach others to train. This book actually transformed the way I develop my training programs and gave me numerous new training concepts to improve the product I deliver to my clients. If you are a trainer, a teacher, a coach or a supervisor of people to whom you give instruction, get this book now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jean F. McGrath on February 15, 2006
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As a presenter and trainer for over 16 years, I know the value of keeping the learner engaged in the process. Sharon has been contributing ideas to keep energy and fun in any learning environment for a long time. With a bookcase full of resources, I've found this book to be among the best to apply review, retention and energy to my programs in a quick and easy way. Even the "Sage on the Stage" can transform the learner process by applying some simple principles and training tricks found in this informative and valuable resource. I wouldn't be without it. And my learners are the real benefactors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Bowman on July 5, 2007
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I am writing this message for my Husband, D. Bowman. "I am a community college instructor of over 20 years for Business and Accounting.....I was greatly impressed how applying some of these very simple ideas made some less appealing subject matters interesting, greatly increased class participation, and as an accountant would say, improved the bottom line meaning student grades went up.

If I can use it effectively.....any one can".

Thanks for your time.
D. Bowman
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cokie Lepinski on June 24, 2006
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Sharon's grasp of adult learning concepts is outstanding! This 10-Minute Trainer book is an absolute goldmine of quick learning activities to apply in the classroom. I have been a trainer and instructor for almost 30 years and have always sought to have my classes or my training be student-centered. Sharon's exercises blend so smoothly into my classes with little effort on my part. They are fun, exciting and innovative and the learners love 'em. They don't take away from time in the classroom - they enhance the experience for the learners. I also love the explanations (in layman's terms) of research done on the brain and on adult learning in general. Really helps you understand the critical need to tap into your learners. As Plutarch says, "A mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited." Thank You Sharon Bowman!
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