Lady & the Champs 2013 – Ed Tate’s Training breakout


Ed Tate’s breakout – How to Train & Facilitate Like a Pro

Ed started with a exercise to determine your breakthroughs and challenges in training. First we worked alone for 60 seconds, then in pairs for another minute.

What are your:



This is what your audience is thinking
So what?
Who cares?
What’s in it for me?
It’s all about me.

Make your training sticky

Knowing yourself and others
Basic course design
Wake ups and energizes
Review techniques
Difficult participants
Teach backs
Have lots of fun

Phone to “stun”
Suspend judgement
No criticism
Ok to pass
Ok to have fun
Some ideas are simple (doesn’t mean that they’re easy)
Von Restorff effect – “I’ve heard that before”- causes folks to tune out a doesn’t matter if you’ve heard it before, have you acted on it? Ed mentioned a study. That said only 3% have.
Vegas rules! – 100% confidentiality (noting on this post violates that)
No whining
Parking lot – topics not for today’s discussions

Three learning modalities
Visual (most prevelent)
Audio (@most a audio-like)
Kinesthetic (most powerful)
– use all three to increase retention

Knowing yourself and others
Plan vs do
Task focus vs people focus

Opening your training
1 . Break preoccupation – be so good that they put down their technology
– grabber
– not just for opening, but each idea
2. Frame the Message
– down to one sentence (7 words) – Ed’s is “Help breathe life into presentations”
3. Jump into content
Promote Networking
Tensions to break
– students and teacher – shake hands as they enter the room
– students and students – early exercise working together
– students and workbook – tell them where key info is
– students and environment – handle as necessary
Other benefits of a well planned opener
– enhance participants self esteem
– fun
– promote curiosity
– if you don’t know how to start – begin with a question
— breakthroughs and challenges (breakthroughs first)
Time: 5-7 minutes for a 1 hour program

Highest energy always wins

When you have an exercise, consider:
What factors prevent the audience from easily obtaining the answer?
In a hurry
Trying to get ahead

Learning happens in the debriefing

Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thaigarajan
“People do not learn from experience, they learn form reflection on their experience.”

Get into state
– mental (head)
– emotional (heart)
– physical (run in place)
If you change one, you change them all
Learning is state dependent
– if they are not on the right state, they will not learn
– if you want them to jump 3 feet, you have to jump 5 feet

Too many training tips to absorb in 45 minutes…glad there were handouts!

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