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Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn 1st Edition

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Training from the Back of the Room!

From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling The Ten-Minute Trainer, comes the dynamic new book, Training from the BACK of the Room! This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment may be. Now, trainers can replace the traditional "Trainers talk; learners listen" paradigm with a radical new model for designing and delivering instruction: "When learners talk and teach, they learn."

The author's four-step instructional design and delivery process involves learners every step of the way. Designed to be user-friendly, Training from the BACK of the Room! is filled with definitions, descriptions, and practical training strategies for each of the 4 Cs:

Connections—Fifteen opening activities that connect learners to the topic, to each other, and to what they want and need to learn.

Concepts—Twenty strategies that engage and involve learners during the lecture or "direct instruction" training segment.

Concrete Practice—Fifteen strategies in which learners actively review content and practice skills.

Conclusions—Fifteen learner-led summaries, evaluations, and celebration activities.

In addition, the book offers "nice-to-know" information that will add to what you have learned: the secret about adult learning theory, a new way to write learning outcomes, The World Cafe, tips for interactive e-learning, and other useful resources to expand your learning adventure.

"This is a great book—one I will gladly own, share, and recommend to others. It should be required reading for all learning professionals. The writing style is light, breezy, peer-to-peer, informative, and enjoyable. It is a fabulous addition to the current literature on teaching and learning."
—Lenn Millbower, The Learnertainment Trainer and author, Training with a Beat

About the Author

Sharon L. Bowman has been a professional speaker, author, teacher, and trainer for over thirty years. She is the author of six popular books on training including The Ten-Minute Trainer from Pfeiffer, and is a regular speaker at many national conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787996629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787996628
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on March 6, 2014
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To people outside training the 4C's can sound like oceans, diseases, or the Hi-C sugary drink, but to us the 4 C's is what the author Sharon Bowman claims we should use to ensure our learners actually learn from their training while making it interactive and exciting.

Connections is the first "C" and it contains 15 opening activities that connect learners to the topic.(This is critical as it has been shown that we remember the first and last things more than anything else in between).

In her second "C" concepts, she cites 20 strategies "to engage and involve learners" during the, and I won't say it, I won't--l-e-c-t-u-r-e. These strategies emphasize learner feedback and activity that is anything but sitting still or remaining silent. Ms. Bowman believes that if you must lecture, it should be kept to 15 minutes tops, and then making the learners active.

Her third "C" is what separates training from education. (Education calls it lab). She calls it Concrete Practice. (She had to add this C for obvious reasons--"The Three C's and 1 P" doesn't sound quite as catchy). Ms. Bowman realizes as any training specialist does that without practice you only have a seminar, and that practice that is not aimed at accomplishing learner outcomes (objectives) is equally worthless. Here she offers 15 strategies for learners to practice and review what they have learned.

The fourth "C" is conclusions and these include 15 strategies for participants to lead in their summaries, evaluations, and celebration activities.

Training from the back of the room is just that--you might lead the training, but you make the training participant-centered. Making the learners active is what makes them learn.
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Sharon Bowman's latest masterpiece, "Training from the BACK of the Room" came just in the nick of time. I'm planning a series of leadership workshops for a major client and I know that I need to get my training participants more involved in their learning. Sharon provides a comprehensive (but understandable) overview of adult learning principles and then proceeds to provide trainers of all skill levels with fun ideas to truly elevate the learning process.

The best part about adopting Sharon's philosophies of training from the BACK of the room, is that my STRESS LEVEL as a trainer has decreased dramatically! I don't have to be the "sage on the stage" anymore!

My training evaluations have always been very good, but I know Sharon's latest book is going to vastly improve the learning experience for all participants while simultaneously allowing me the freedom enjoy the sessions by their side. That's what I call a "win-win"!

Thanks Sharon, for your abundance mentality in sharing your wisdom with other facilitators. I can't wait to see what you write next!

Virginia Boyar, PhD
Fundamental Training Solutions
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By Hollie on October 28, 2015
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I am a seasoned corporate trainer and prefer not to lecture, but to rather keep my learners engaged and to teach each other. This book lays out easy ways to modify your training style to help implement these methods.
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As a National Training Manager for a large financial services organization, I was thrilled to find this book, an easy to use and reference guide that is current and readily adaptable to both functional and soft skill training. My Trainers use several of the instructional strategies as our "standard" for delivering. In particular, the Interactive Lecture games are easy to adapt and use. BUY THIS BOOK!
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I am a professional trainer and coach primarily in the software industry. I'm always on the lookout for new and better ways to train adults because it is what I do for a living. While looking for something to read on my Kindle I stumbled across this book and decided to give it a read. Only one word can describe my reaction as I was reading - WOW! The techniques in this book are simple, effective and fun. I have now facilitated several courses using the provided techniques and not only did the courses get even better reviews from attendees (and I had always received great reviews) I had a LOT more fun facilitating the classes.

This book is truly life changing for me as I suspect it will be for others. The techniques seem odd at times, but the ones I have used have been extremely effective. Class participants engage in ways I never thought possible.

I don't think I have ever written a review on Amazon before, but this one is worthy of high praise so I took the plunge!
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With 25 years of facilitation and having participated in the education of tens of thousands I find this work an excellent capture of the esential skills for master facilitation. It provides the beginner a framework for building critical skills for the successful transfer of knowledge to results and a powerful review for those of us who have built their career trying to master true facilitation. It is a wonderful workbook to support participant centered training. I highly recommend this body of work.
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Tremendous! I am almost 3 decades into a successful consulting and professional development business--and I am learning a ton to refine my craft and consider even better ways to engage audiences and facilitate content. Good reminders combined with new strategies. It is likely the gold standard for providing even better ROI to clients in my world. Well done Sharon Bowman!
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