Follow-Ups for the “Training from the BACK of the Room” Class, San Diego, April 2017

The San Diego “Training from the BACK of the Room” class held this month has been completed and now the “real work” begins – with “Follow-Ups,” of course!

Brain scientists call Follow-Ups “spaced practice.” Spaced practice (small segments practice time done over a few days, weeks, or months) is better than “massed practice” (one large chunk of practice done in one sitting). Spaced practice helps learners move content into long-term memory and then use the information in practical ways.

Like past Follow-Ups posts, here are the Follow-Ups for the participants of the TBR class and Trainer Certification Courses that were held April 6th – 9th 2017 in San Diego and that were sponsored by The Brain Trust Group.

Even if you were not able to attend the classes, many of the numbered activities that are listed at the bottom of this page will enhance your own classroom and online instruction. And, of course, you can create Follow-Ups like these for your own training programs.

READ ONE: Go back through your class notes and materials and read at least one note-taking page, one workbook article, one book chapter, or one website resource each week. This will deepen your understanding and application of the concepts through future weeks and months.

CHOOSE ONE: From your readings, or from the activities listed below, choose one strategy to use in your next class, presentation, or training.

USE ONE: Use your chosen strategy and then record the results in a training journal so that you’ll remember how it worked and what, if anything, you might change next time around to make it work even better.

DO ONE: Each week, do one of the activities below.

1. Read the blog post “What to Do When the Training Day is Over and the Real Work Begins.”

2. Read Holding Onto What You’ve Learned.”

3. Go to Slides About PowerPoint, scroll down the page, and choose one slide presentation to view (they are all short, image-rich presentations). Then make a commitment to change at least one element in your own slide deck (examples: font size or type, photo usage, color scheme, amount of text per slide, etc.)

4. View “How to Learn Things Super Quick.”

And here is a heartfelt note of gratitude to The Brain Trust Group, Brian Rabon (CEO), and Kate Megaw (COO) for their training sponsorship, and especially Nicole Fleming (Training Coordinator) and Maryann Mellor (Logistics Coordinator) for their behind-the-scenes help to make the four San Diego training days so successful. And my personal “Congratulations!” to all the Trainer Certification Course participants for becoming Certified Trainers of “Training from the BACK of the Room!” YAY for YOU!!! 🙂

PS. For the calendar of TBR classes being offered globally by TBR Certified Trainers, check the What’s New? or Training Events pages of this website. The next Trainer Certification Course will be held April 14th 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.  Register early – the class fills about 6 months in advance! 


  • Hi Elisabeth: Sorry about the delay in responding to your request. You can find information about “learning objectives/outcomes” in the Micro-Course titled “How to Design Great Training: Begin with the End in Mind.” There is also some information on the Micro-Course titled “How to Teach it So They Learn It,” as well. Hope this helps! 🙂 Sharon

  • I am on the road and don’t have my notebook with me. Where can I find an article or blog entry about crafting LEARNING OBJECTIVES? Thanks!

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