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Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Part 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 Template Part II. 25 Key Concepts for Training Smarter Key Concept Matrix 1. Acknowledgment 2. Bridges and Zones 3. Comfort Levels 4. Task Completion 5. Contrast 6. Precise Directions 7. Resource Distribution 8. Teach It Standing 9. Participant Inquiry 10. Adequate Response Time 11. Specify Response Mode 12. Question/Clarify/Question 13. Managing Disruptions 14. Creative Note Taking 15. Positive Language 16. Involve, Don't Tell 17. Ownership 18. Pause for Visuals 19. Press and Release 20. Purposeful Body Language 21. Visual-Field Variations 22. Vocal Italics 23. Music Matters 24. Guiding Attention 25. Verbal Specificity Part III. Tools for Training Six Powerful Parables A TrainSmart Checklist TrainSmart Lesson Plan Template References Index

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.


"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
"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
"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 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
"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)

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