Finally got round to checking out a couple of tips from a training colleague of mine and discovered Japan-based communications expert and former Apple executive Garr Reynolds. Wow! Clicking on to his 2012 TEDxOsama presentation, I couldn’t couldn’t help smiling and nodding in agreement all the way through the 20 minute presentation. Great to hear much of the theory I use in my training – and totally believe in – so entertainingly presented.
The classroom is the most anti-brain environment
And I didn’t click off after five minutes either – because Garr’s performance really keeps you watching, and listening – and learning.
You can forget facts but you can’t forget understanding
Some of his tips in a nutshell (they might sound famliar to many of my ‘training the trainer’ particiants):
- use a variety of actvities
- get people to do things
- get people to move around
- visuals should be visual (duh!)
- use analogue as well as digital tools
- get close to your audience
- and my own favourite: smile