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50 creative training openers & energizers : innovative ways to start your training with a bang!
Pike, Robert W.
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer ; Minneapolis, MN : Creative Training Techniques Press, [2000]

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xi, 159 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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LB1027.47 .P53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Open your next training session with a BANG!

One of the hardest tasks you'll face as a trainer is pulling participants' thoughts away their daily duties long enough to engage them in your training. According to training master Bob Pike, two of the most important learning concepts are "primacy" and "recency." People don't remember middles; they remember beginnings ("primacy") and ends ("recency"). That's why, if you want your training to be a success, you have to gain their attention as soon as they walk in the door.

Following up on the success of 50 Creative Training Closers, the most trusted and recognized names in training bring you 50 Creative Training Openers and Energizers. These lively, interactive session openers, ice breakers, and attention grabbers are what you need to inspire continued application, learning, and skill development. And you don't have to be a professional trainer to use this collection--business presenters and educators of all kinds can immediately incorporate these creative designs into their work.

Author Notes

BOB PIKE, CSP, CPAE , has been a pioneer in the HRD industry since 1969. Pike has well earned his reputation as the "trainer's trainer." He is founder and president of Creative Training Techniques International, Inc. A prolific author, Pike has written or edited over 20 books, seminars, and training videos. He is the editor of the popular Creative Training Techniques Newsletter. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. LYNN SOLEM was a senior trainer at Creative Training Techniques International, Inc. and an inductee into the United Nations Women's Hall of Fame.

Table of Contents

Matrix of Activitiesp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Autobiographyp. 11
Banana Splitp. 15
Business Card Introductionp. 16
Choose Fivep. 18
Coinsp. 21
Customized License Platesp. 23
Double Circlesp. 26
Dreams and Nightmaresp. 28
Excess Baggagep. 31
Eye Openerp. 33
Five Peoplep. 35
Five Traitsp. 37
Four C'sp. 40
Four-Quadrant Name Tentp. 43
Gift Openerp. 47
Group Millingp. 49
Hail to the Chiefp. 51
Hands Fullp. 53
Human Scavenger Huntp. 55
Interview the Trainerp. 57
The "Intro" You Deservep. 59
Key Questionsp. 61
Let's Get Acquaintedp. 63
Let's Sharep. 65
Lifelinep. 68
M and Msp. 70
Metaphor Openerp. 72
Musical Teamsp. 74
My Hopesp. 77
My Life As a TV Showp. 79
Name Tent Anchorp. 82
Name Tent for Class "Ownership"p. 85
Name Tent Interviewp. 88
Name Tent Spoofp. 91
Name Tent Visualp. 93
Nicknamesp. 96
Other Half Interviewp. 98
Personalized Coat of Armsp. 101
Playing Card Introductionp. 104
Ragged Startp. 106
Random Numbersp. 108
Silly Hatsp. 110
Silly Sentencesp. 112
Six "H" Name Tentp. 114
Stripteasep. 117
Things You Carryp. 120
To Be a Successp. 122
"Tomorrow I'm Going to..."p. 124
Toothpick Confessionsp. 128
Twenty Questionsp. 130
Two, Three, and Four Thingsp. 133
Uniqueness and Commonalitiesp. 135
Unusual Propsp. 138
Unusual Requestp. 140
Vote Your Prioritiesp. 142
What Can You Do with It?p. 144
What Would Your Best Friend Say?p. 146
What's Your Line?p. 147
What's Your Role?p. 149
Worst Day Everp. 152
Write a Commercialp. 154
About the Authorsp. 157