The Facilitative Trainer: A Virtual Program

Overview

Many have taken our Interactive Techniques for Instructor-Led Training Program which focuses specifically on how to use training games and simulations. But we get asked often how we go beyond that and deliver training overall. THE FACILITATIVE TRAINER answers all those questions. It delves into the mechanics of training delivery, explores the what and the why we do what we do in our workshops, and provides you with tons of tools, techniques, and references for making your overall training better.

Broken into five separate, 2.5 hour sessions, each module covers two specific aspects of training. Whether it is how to make everything interactive, or how to debrief more effectively, or how to evaluate training outcomes, this series has it all!

But, it is also highly flexible. You can take one of the modules, two of them, three of them, four, or all five. The choice is all yours. Each session is independent, yet still connects seamlessly to the others. We deliver the series using Zoom, so you can take the courses from the comfort of your own home. Highly interactive- not your grandfather’s webinar, you will experience the same level of interactivity and engagement you always do in our programs.


Who Will Benefit?

  • Trainers

  • Instructional Designers

  • Facilitators

  • Meeting Facilitators

  • Teachers

  • Anyone who teaches anything

What Do You Get?

  • Exclusive access to job aids, reference materials, podcasts, and more related to each session.

  • Follow-up access to the instructors for coaching on applying the content to your specific role if needed.

  • A Certificate of Completion from The Thiagi Group. 


Two Easy Ways to Register

  • Call 812-332-1478.

  • Click here and register via our online store.

What Does It Cost?

  • $50 per session

  • $95 for two sessions

  • $135 for three sessions

  • $170 for four sessions

  • $200 for all five sessions


When?

All sessions are from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

October 9, 2019: SESSION ONE: Facilitating Training Activities, Part I

October 16, 2019: SESSION TWO: Facilitating Training Activities, Part II

October 23, 2019: SESSION THREE: Evaluating Training Outcomes

October 30, 2019: SESSION FOUR: Modifying Activities to Suit Local Challenges

November 6, 2019: SESSION FIVE: The Motivated Learner

Location?

Your home. Your office. Your computer. Or, your iPad or Phone. Each session will be delivered synchronously, live. You will need video capability on your device, good wifi, and a comfy chair.


The Sessions

SESSION ONE: FACILITATING TRAINING ACTIVITIES, PART I (October 9, 2019)

This opening session shares our fundamental training principle that everything should be taught via activities. We provide you with the rationale, and you will experience how different objectives can be more effectively met via games, simulations, and other interactive techniques. You will learn to:

  • Make everything interactive

  • Facilitate flexibly

  • Overcome your facilitative phobias

  • Manage disruptive participants (particularly those from hell!)

SESSION TWO: FACILITATING TRAINING ACTIVITIES, PART II (October 16, 2019)

Continuing with the basics, we now tackle some of the core skills for effective facilitation, such as debriefing and modifying on the fly. Essentially, how to make the program specific to the needs of your participants. You will learn to:

  • Effectively debrief using six types of questions

    • Also, when and why to debrief

    • When not to debrief

  • Identify and adjust your modules, content, activities, debriefs, logistical decisions, and more based on specific needs of the participants.

SESSION THREE: EVALUATING TRAINING ACTIVITIES (October 23, 2019)

How do you know whether your course was effective? How do you know whether the individual activities you used were appropriate and worked? This module gets at measuring whether what you did actually worked. You will learn to:

  • Set proper training goals

  • Determine the best level of measurement to meet your business outcomes

  • Assess your activities indeed align to your training outcomes

  • Assess your overall program efficacy

SESSION FOUR: MODIFYING ACTIVITIES TO SUIT LOCAL CHALLENGES (October 30, 2019)

Logistics, politics, mandates, and other factors that influence, structure, and undermine your training. Too often we are given mandates from stakeholders that dictate how are training should be designed and delivered before we have even taken or applied good learning principles in the first place. This session focuses on managing those external factors so you can mitigate them and ensure you can still achieve your desired learning objectives. You will learn to:

  • Manage stakeholder politics and expectations

  • Adjust to duration mandates, room constraints, external pulls on participants, and other extraneous factors

  • Modify your activities to suit all of the above challenges

SESSION FIVE: THE MOTIVATED LEARNER (November 6, 2019)

As a trainer, how can you create a more intrinsically motivating learning environment? Heck, what do you do from a motivational perspective when participants attend your mandated compliance program and let you know how miserable they are to be there? Or, they are so overwhelmed with other work requirements they have a difficult time focusing on your course? While you can’t directly motivate your learners, you can affect the environment they enter. The session provides you with several strategies for doing so. You will learn to:

  • Recognize the three basic factors (psychological needs) that can support learning or undermine it if they are not met

  • Provide structure and activities that challenge, rather than bore or frustrate

  • Explore ways to enhance purpose and meaning for the participants to attend and participate in your program

  • Engage and involve participants in their own learning using activities that are relevant to their work.

  • Identify the factors that can undermine classroom and individual motivation and how to mitigate them


This Workshop Is Designed and Delivered by Thiagi and Matt.

Thiagi (aka Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan) has been designing and delivering training for the past 40 years since the early days of programmed instruction. He has also written over 50 books on the subject.

Matt (President of The Thiagi Group) was trained by Thiagi over 20 years ago and has been designing and working with him ever since. International authorities on performance improvement, they have produced award-winning training materials for various corporations and nonprofit organizations around the world.

Specializing in interactive techniques for training, management, and leadership, they have designed hundreds of training activities, keynoted at several training conferences, and conducted training workshops around the world.

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Interviewing Skills Workshop (eLearning Program)

OVERVIEW

Using our 4D™ eLearning methodology, we have created a completely asynchronous learning experience. Participants will work at their own pace to develop better and more effective interviewing skills. At the end of each module, participants complete a set of deliverables and send them to the instructor. He will respond with suggestions and feedback. And, as a final test of their proficiency, they will meet via SKYPE, FACETIME, ZOOM, or other virtual meeting tool to role play and receive feedback on a real-life interviewing scenario.

This highly interactive interviewing skills e-workshop will provide you practical experiences as you develop and hone your interviewing prowess. By the end of the program, you will:

  • Relate the business rationale for interviewing well
  • Properly prepare for an interview by developing a good job profile, creating effective assessments and questions for candidates, and setting up the interview location for a conducive conversation
  • Avoid the improper and illegal questions and statements that could undermine your interview
  • Mitigate the effect bias has on the hiring process
  • Practice conducting interviews
  • Evaluate candidates' fit and competence for a specific role

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON

  • Call 812-332-1478

WHAT DOES IT COST?

  • $350

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • Exclusive access to job aids, reference materials, podcasts, videos, and more related to the interviewing process
  • Access to an instructor coach who will provide you real-time feedback after each module and upon request
  • A Certificate of Completion from The Thiagi Group

WHEN IS IT?

The course will officially open on March 15, 2017. You can start anytime after that and you have up to two months to complete the program. After completion you have life-time access to the site and its materials (our lifetime, though 😉).


INTERVIEWING SKILLS TOPICS/ MODULES

MODULE I: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INTERVIEWING

  • Determine the value of preparing and interviewing well
  • Distinguish between the behavioral-based interview and the competency-based interview
  • Identify factors that will undermine a good interview
  • Recognize how and where interviewing fits into the grander hiring process
  • Familiarize yourself with the interview process

MODULE II: PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW

  • Develop a job profile for your position
  • Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics needed for a position
  • Prepare questions and assessments for the interview
  • Identify legal do’s, don’ts, and “good to avoid” issues when interviewing
  • Review tips for additional set-up and logistics

MODULE III: CONDUCT THE INTERVIEW

  • Identify different types of interviews
  • Practice using the interview process
  • Take notes the proper and effective way
  • Evaluate candidate responses
  • Clarify, confirm, and probe candidate responses more effectively

MODULE IV: THE EFFECT OF BIAS

  • Determine what bias is and how it affects interviewing and the overall hiring process
  • Identify tips and techniques for mitigating bias
  • Experience your own biases

MODULE V: FOLLOW-UP

  • Identify the follow-up steps after an interview
  • Determine which candidate to hire (if any)
  • Merge your own evaluation with other interviewers on the team

MODULE VI: FINAL PRACTICE

  • Review 52 tips for better interviewing
  • Complete an interview from Preparation through Follow-Up and receive feedback from the instructor as a final performance test
  • Identify questions and receive answers for any interviewing-related topics still unclear or unknown

This Program Is Designed by Thiagi and Matthew (and Matthew Facilitates It)

Matthew (President of The Thiagi Group) was trained by Thiagi 20 years ago and has been designing and working with him ever since. He is an international authority on interviewing, management, leadership, and performance management. He has produced award-winning training materials for various corporations and nonprofit organizations around the world. He specializes in interactive techniques for training, has designed hundreds of training activities, keynoted at several training conferences, and conducted training workshops around the world.


QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Contact Matthew Richter at 415-385-7248 or at matthew@thiagi.com.