What to Do When the Training is Over and the ‘Real Work’ Begins (reposted)

There are 6 “Training from the BACK of the Room” classes being held the rest of this month (December 2017) in the US and Europe. If you have just completed this class (or any other train-the-trainer program), how do you keep from falling back into traditional, lecture-based methods of instruction?

Here are 4 suggestions to boost your own confidence while you become comfortable with learner-friendly, brain-based teaching and training:

1. TAKE BABY STEPS. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and neither are effective, exciting, memorable courses. Experiment with one idea, one instructional strategy, or one learning activity at a time until you’re comfortable with it. Then choose another one, and then another, until you can easily use a variety of ideas and activities. You won’t use them all in the same training, but now you will have lots of comfortable options to choose from each time you teach or train others.

clipart12. INSERT THE NEW INTO THE OLD. You don’t have to change what is already working well, nor do you have to change the lesson plans, slide templates, or content that you’ve been assigned to teach. Just insert one learner-friendly, brain-based “review/revisit” activity into your lesson plan about every 10 – 20 minutes. The activity only needs to last a minute or two. Think “Pair-Share, Shout-Out, Quick-Write, Quick-Draw, Stand-Stretch-Speak, Sit-Stretch-Think” – well, you get the idea.

3. TELL THEM WHY. Give learners the brain-based reason for why you are including this different instructional strategy or learning activity. They need to know there is a logical reason for doing it, other than just having a good time. And, in telling them the “why” behind the “what” and “how,” you are mastering the brain science that you learned about.

4. GIVE YOURSELF A PAT-ON-THE-BACK. You are changing traditional, deeply-ingrained paradigms about teaching and learning. This takes time. More importantly, moving away from traditional methods of instruction takes courage – and lots of it! Kind of like swimming against an ocean current, you need to “keep on keeping on” while you explain what you’re doing to your learners, your bosses, your colleagues, and anyone interested in more effective ways of instructing others. And don’t forget to give yourself a pat-on-the-back for having the courage, discipline, and focus to do all this while also doing your job! Welcome to the “real work” of effective classroom instruction!


If you really really like knowing the “cognitive neuroscience” behind brain-based presenting and training, consider attending my 2-day  “Training from the BACK of the Room” class – the only public TBR class that I will be facilitating for Spring/Summer 2018. The class will be held in Minneapolis MN on April 12th – 13th 2018. Click HERE for details and registration information (there are still seats left). Click HERE for a calendar of all TBR classes for 2017 – 2018 (classes are being added monthly so check back).

I will also be facilitating the 1-day Trainer Certification Course following the 2-day TBR class in Minneapolis.  This 1-day Trainer Certification Course will give you everything you need to be able to present the “official” 2-day TBR class for your own clients, customers, companies, and educational institutions. (Note: You must have attended a 2-day TBR class in order to attend the 1-day Trainer Certification Course.)

As of now, the dates for the April 2018 Trainer Certification Course are sold out. However, there is a wait-list and, if enough people are interested, the sponsoring company (The Braintrust Consulting Group) may open up another Cert Course day. We should know by the end of December 2017 whether we have enough interested people to consider doing this.

Click HERE for more information and registration/sign-up for the wait-list for the April 2018 Trainer Certification Course.

Don’t forget to check out the free give-aways on my website’s  “What’s New?” page while you’re here 🙂 And please pass this information along to anyone who is interested in exciting, unforgettable, learner-centered, brain-based instruction.