So it's year's end - a chance to wind down, take stock, and perhaps travel. What better time to catch up on your reading.
One area that would be beneficial for all conference and meeting planners to explore is strategies for making meetings, particularly those that have learning content, more interactive.
If you plan to do some reading or holidays or you are looking for a gift for a colleague, here are some classics from the book shelves of most successful facilitators and training and development professionals. They would also be beneficial for event, conference, and meeting planners.
The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species by Malcolm S. Knowles
This classic is for anyone wanting to learn more about the needs of adult learners and design training and learning content that hits the mark.
Creative Training Techniques Handbook by Bob Pike
This primer, the train-the-trainer book that has sold more copies than any other in its category, covers everything for designing effective visuals and room set-up to icebreakers and strategies to ensure that learning sticks.
The Accelerated Learning Handbook by Dave Meier
This handbook is filled with strategies, exercises and practical tips for making learning programs more interactive, engaging and effective.
Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner
Gardner identified 8 clusters, representing learning style preferences: (linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist) It's an important reminder to design content that address a range of learning styles, not just linguistic (presentations and lectures).
Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century: The Six-Step Plan to Unlock Your Master by Colin Rose
Building on Gardner's work, Colin Rose presents a 6 step plan for facilitating learning: Mind, Acquire, Search, Trigger, Exhibit, and Review),
Brain-based Learning: The New Paradigm Of Teaching by Eric Jensen
A co-founder of SuperCamps, Eric Jensen presents practical and usable tips for learning based on an understanding of the neuroscience of the brain.
Thiagi's Interactive Lectures: Power Up Your Training With Interactive Games And Exercises by Sivasailam Thiagi Thiagarajan
The gamemaster, Thiagi, presents easy to use interactive games and exercises. All that facilitators have to do is add their content
Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius by Michael Gelb
Mind mapping is one of the most easy to use and yet powerful tools for brainstorming.
On Mondays, Cvent Blog regularly offers tips and strategies for improving the effectiveness or meetings and learning programs. Check out Conference and Team Building Tips: Catering to Diverse Learning Styles , Meeting and Conference Design: Catering to Kinesthetic and Visual Learners, Conference and Meeting Design: Catering to Analytical and Structured Learners, How to Create a Learning Smorgasbord,How to Run a Learning Smorgasbord, and Gamification: 9 Tips for Using Games in Meetings (From the School of Hard Knocks).
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