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Training from the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn

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From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling "Ten-Minute Trainer," comes the dynamic new book, "Training from the BACK of the Room!" This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment. Now, trainers can replace the traditional "Trainers talk ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Pfeiffer & Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Paul Brandt
Jan 02, 2014 Paul Brandt rated it really liked it
Having taken the course of Sharon I'm very impressed with what she's achieved with me; it's been more than a few years now but I still discover new material and tricks on how to better prepare the students on their task outside of the classroom. There simply are not many courses that achieved such an impact with me, in fact none have. Whether the book in itself, without the course and presenece of Sharon, would have achieved the same - I don't think so, but it definitely will change your perspec ...more
Agile Kindergarten
Feb 05, 2013 Agile Kindergarten rated it liked it
I liked it. The author ties learning theory and cognitive psychology to training behaviors, something we should all do all the time. However, I didn't find the book as easy to use as the author intended. That said, there is one take away that can absolutely make a difference for anyone.

The author puts great emphasis on graphical Concept Maps as a way of increasing retention. Concept Maps are nothing more than a visual hand-out that the trainer has the participant use in context of the session s
Jane Healy
Great, concrete training ideas for adults based on brain research and author experience. I've tried some of her suggestions with success and look forward to implementing more of her ideas. If you're a trainer or teacher, read this book!
Brian Button
I recently finished this book while I was I'm the midst of redesigning all of our courses right before a major teaching engagement.

During that process I found the information in this book extremely useful, both in helping to reframe my mindset as I built training and in helping me reorganize my materials into something that should be more fun and more memorable.

This was not my favorite book I have ever read, but the information in it is definitely worth the time.

One last thing is that the book
Chris Edwards
Good book, I just don't enjoy presentations where you have to be an active participant. Just a personal preference.
Luis Gonçalves
Aug 23, 2014 Luis Gonçalves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book with dozens of ideas how to run fantastic workshops.

A must for anyone who teaches.
Alexey Pikulev
Feb 11, 2014 Alexey Pikulev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! It's very useful book for any trainers or coaches.
May 20, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Sharon Bowman is quite likely the most intelligent and practical voice in learning and human performance today. Her books are a delight to read, more importantly her ideas are phenomenal - connecting with and reading Sharon has made my practice infinitely better. If you're a trainer or have a responsibility for teaching anyone (kids, adults, clients) pick up a book by Sharon and get after it!
Collin Rogowski
Mar 08, 2011 Collin Rogowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book proposes a clear structure for practice-based trainings along with an ample amount of exercises. I was able to use a couple of these exercises since reading the book and they actually delivered on their promise.
Gerry Kirk
Sep 30, 2013 Gerry Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agile
Fantastic, a must read for anyone involved in training / teaching others. This is to training what Agile is to software development.
J Edwards
Sep 04, 2010 J Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was easy to understand and it will serve as a great addition to a trainer's bookshelf!
Frederic Vandaele
excellent livre, plein de bons conseils et d'exemples pratiques.
Nice ideas to improve learning. Must read for any trainer.
May 21, 2015 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educacion
Mi mano derecha en el diseño de cursos para adultos
Chad Holdorf
Jan 22, 2012 Chad Holdorf rated it liked it
Shelves: training
Good book if you are doing a lot if training classes.
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Sharon Bowman is the president of Bowperson Publishing & Training, Inc. She has been a professional speaker, author, teacher, and trainer for almost forty years. She works with businesses and educational institutions that want to offer exceptional in-house training and professional development programs.

Sharon is a popular speaker at both the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)
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