The Facilitative Trainer: A Virtual Program


Many have taken our Interactive Techniques for Instructor-Led Training Program which focuses specifically on the design of training games, activities and simulations. We often get questions that go beyond the design of activities into training overall. THE FACILITATIVE TRAINER answers these questions. It explores the mechanics of training delivery--the what and the why we do what we do in our workshops. This program 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! 

The program is also highly flexible. You can take just 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 webinar platform, 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, and podcasts related to each session.

  • Follow-up access to the instructors for coaching or applying the content to your specific context.

  • A Certificate of Completion from The Thiagi Group.

Two Easy Ways to Register

  • Call 812-332-1478.

What Does It Cost?

  • $50 per session

  • $95 for two sessions

  • $135 for three sessions

  • $170 for four sessions

  • $200 for all five sessions


  • October 9, 2019- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT: SESSION ONE: Facilitating Training Activities, Part I

  • October 16, 2019- 8:00 am - 10:30 am EDT: SESSION TWO: Facilitating Training Activities, Part II

  • October 23, 2019- 8:00 am - 10:30 am EDT: SESSION THREE: Evaluating Training Outcomes

  • October 30, 2019- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT: SESSION FOUR: Modifying Activities to Suit Local Context, Constraints, and Resources

  • November 6, 2019- 11:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT: SESSION FIVE: The Motivated Learner


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


This opening session expands on our fundamental training principle that everything should be taught via activities. We provide you with the rationale and the techniques for meeting different objectives more effectively met through games, simulations, and other interactive techniques. 

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Make all your training interactive

  • Use flexible facilitation techniques

  • Overcome your facilitative phobia

  • Manage disruptive participants (those from hell!)


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

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Use six types of questions to effectively conduct the debriefing of training activities.

    • Determine when and how to debrief

  • How to avoid unnecessary debriefing

  • Adapt your training content, activities, debriefing discussions, logistics, grouping, and schedule based on local context, constraints, and resources.


How do you collect and use evaluation data to prove that your training works and improve its instructional and motivational effectiveness? 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:

  • Apply Thalheimer’s LTEM model to measure and enable learning effectiveness

  • Construct performance tests, application exercises, questionnaire, surveys, and attitude scales to measure the training outcomes, applications, and results.

  • Conduct systematic training evaluation through the stages of initial debugging, experts reviews, developmental testing, typical-use testing, and long-term evaluation.

  • 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


Logistics, politics, mandates, and other factors influence and undermine your training session. Too often we are given mandates from stakeholders that dictate how are training should be designed and delivered before we have applied good learning principles in the first place. This session focuses on managing the training context so you can effectively achieve the desired learning objectives. 

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Manage stakeholder politics and expectations

  • Compress or expand the training session to accommodate available time

  • Adjust the training session to suit small, medium, and large groups of participants

  • Modify the training activities to suit the entry levels and preferences of the participants

  • Effectively modify and use the room setup, media equipment, and supplies


As a trainer, how can you create a more intrinsically motivating learning environment? What do you do from a motivational perspective when the participants attend your mandated compliance program and let you know how miserable they are to be there? How do you handle the participants who are so overwhelmed with other work requirements that they have a difficult time focusing on your session? While you can’t directly motivate your learners, you can affect the environment they enter. 

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Recognize the three basic psychological needs that can support or undermine learning.

  • Provide training structure and activities that challenge the participants rather than bore or frustrate them.

  • Explore the ways to enhance purpose and meaning for the the participants.

  • Use activities that are relevant to the workplace to engage and involve the participants.

  • Identify and mitigate the factors that can undermine classroom and individual motivation.

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 instructional design, facilitative training, and performance improvement. 

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, the two workshop facilitators have designed hundreds of training activities, keynoted at several training conferences, and conducted training workshops around the world.

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