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Train Smart: Effective Trainings Every Time, Second Edition offers a comprehensive guide to planning and implementing engaging, successful training sessions. The author, an expert keynote speaker and workshop presenter, provides an overview and framework for the training process and then presents a generous collection of brain-friendly strategies that can be immediately implemented. The second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new training strategies, recommendations for using the latest technology, and additional tips, examples, and guidelines throughout.
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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorPart I. Prepare for Effective Trainings Every Time Overview The Five Pillars of the TrainSmart Model The Bricks and Mortar of the TrainSmart Model Sample TrainSmart Schedule TrainSmart Lesson Plan TemplatePart II. 25 Key Concepts for Training SmarterKey Concept Matrix1. Acknowledgment2. Bridges and Zones3. Comfort Levels4. Task Completion5. Contrast6. Precise Directions7. Resource Distribution8. Teach It Standing9. Participant Inquiry10. Adequate Response Time11. Specify Response Mode12. Question/Clarify/Question13. Managing Disruptions14. Creative Note Taking15. Positive Language16. Involve, Don't Tell17. Ownership18. Pause for Visuals19. Press and Release20. Purposeful Body Language21. Visual-Field Variations22. Vocal Italics23. Music Matters24. Guiding Attention25. Verbal SpecificityPart III. Tools for Training Six Powerful Parables A TrainSmart Checklist TrainSmart Lesson Plan TemplateReferencesIndex

About the Author

Learn more about Rich Allen's PD offerings Richard Allen is an international consultant with more than 25 years experience coaching trainers and educators. Cofounder and president of Education Illustrated, he has taken the TrainSmart strategies beyond the United States and Canada to such diverse countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil. Allen is also a popular keynote speaker at international conferences, and he facilitates moti-vational and teambuilding workshops. Allen started his educational career as a high school math and drama teacher. In 1985, he became a lead facilitator for SuperCamp-an accelerated learning program for teens-and has since worked with more than 25,000 students worldwide. He completed his doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University, where he studied how the human brain receives, processes, and recalls information-knowledge that informs all aspects of his training strategies.


"A powerful text in a small package, designed to teach trainers and workshop facilitators within or outside of education how to design effective training sessions." -- Middle Ground Magazine, April 2008, Vol. 11(4) "Rich Allen is THE consumate trainer with a natural gift for delivering effective, dynamic presentations. This is a must-read for beginning professional developers, and it also offers veterans new ideas. If the intent is to raise student achievement via high-quality presentations, then this book meets its goal." -- Mark Diaz, Superintendent "TrainSmart is the best, clearest, most to-the-point, practical, and most valuable resource available for trainers. With this second edition, Rich Allen has gone from 'great' to 'even greater.' It is a required guide for our trainers and the new text in our Trainer of Trainers program." -- Spence Rogers, President "Rich Allen has the rare ability to identify and define with clarity the elements of excellence in training. In TrainSmart, he reveals the pathway from good presentation to great presentation. Every professional trainer should use this resource to support their continuous improvement plan." -- John Parks Le Tellier, Lead Trainer, Quantum Learning Network "Rich Allen has done it again-another clear, practical, and powerful resource for all educators. These principles and strategies ought to be mandatory for everyone who presents for a living." -- Eric Jensen, President and Founder

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