WhichCraft: Write Activities to Make Boring Lectures Disappear!

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Maria Chilcote and Melissa Smith, Managing Partner, The Training Clinic

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You know them. You’ve sat through them. You’ve felt the pain. Training is so lecture-laden that you wish you had a magic wand to make it all go away!

Well, now you can! We’ll show you how to use your powers for good and change up how you write activities so that your learners will be engaged instead of disengaged.

We’ll give you five activities (alternatives to lecture) that will help you produce high learner involvement and retention! They include:

  • learning tournaments
  • course pre-work
  • information search activities
  • observation activities
  • demonstrations 

In this highly interactive session, you learn how to:

  • Write directions and rules of a learning tournament
  • Prepare the learner BEFOREHAND for the learning that is to come
  • Develop information search activities with processing questions
  • Create components of an observation activity
  • Craft demonstrations with skill performance checklists to be used in the training environment and back on the job. 


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Maria Chilcote
Maria Chilcote

Maria Chilcote has been a consultant, trainer and designer for 30 years specializing in performance consulting and management development. As Managing Partner and Master Senior Instructor for The Training Clinic, Maria brings expertise from a variety of both private and public industries. Maria has had extensive training in effective presentation techniques, facilitation skills, instructional design, management development, performance consulting, performance management, and strategic planning.

Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

Managing Partner, The Training Clinic

Melissa Smith is a consultant, trainer and researcher specializing in management and organizational development. As a master instructor and Managing Partner of The Training Clinic, Melissa has conducted hundreds of custom designed in-house workshops for a wide range of clients in business, health care, government and education, including 3M, Prudential, Nissan Motors, and The University of Michigan. As a master instructor with The Training Clinic since 1985, Melissa conducts a variety of train-the-trainer workshops and has had extensive preparation in adult learning theory, workshop presentation methods, and instructional design.