2021 Creative Training Techniques® Conference

Training Energized

60-minute sessions, choose your track with breaks in between.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, September 27, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

Virtual instruction can feel overwhelming to facilitators and learners, and any small distraction can derail training. This is where the producer steps in! As the facilitator’s co-pilot, the producer provides an extra set of hands to help with technicalities, answer questions, solve issues, record the session, work one-on-one with participants, upload and send out files, and so much more.

During this 3-Hour Virtual Crash Course, You Will Discover:

  • 5 roles a producer D.R.I.V.E.s—and why every webinar needs one
  • Best practice for before and after every webinar
  • Do’s and don’ts for effective interaction between producer and facilitator
  • 9 most common technical hiccups and how to overcome them
  • Producer checklist, quick reference guide and sample communications
  • How to use the backend tools for chat, breakout rooms, and interactive features
  • Why producers are mission critical for participant-centered virtual training
Amy Saville

Get the basics of virtual design—everything you need to know to quickly convert classroom content for online delivery. This crash course is for designers and trainers who want to convert or create programs that will be 3 hours duration or less.

In this 3-hour virtual workshop, you will:
  • Examine steps to rapidly convert face-to-face content to live online
  • Discuss how design models change for training online
  • Design interactivity that works on every webinar platform
  • Insert CORE components to increase retention (closers, openers, revisiters, energizers)
  • Review strategies to cover the same content in half the time
  • Takeaway a checklist and planning template to guide your design
  • Experience the impact of participant-centered training as it’s modeled to you
  • Takeaway Webinars with Wow Factor 
Kim Zerby

Online meetings, trainings, and pitches even challenge seasoned presenters because of technology and distance. The crash course will tackle all of these challenges and more!

During this 3-hour virtual workshop, you will discover:

  • 7 ways to deliver a better video conference
  • Myths and Truths of Presenting virtually
  • Techniques to use and lose when presenting virtually
  • Unnecessary distractions—and how to eliminate them from your environment
  • An incredible artificial intelligence practice tool that gives you instant feedback
  • How to effectively field Q&A
  • A formula to structure your message, open strong and close on time
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kim Zerby

Online meetings, trainings, and pitches even challenge seasoned presenters because of technology and distance. The crash course will tackle all of these challenges and more!

During this 3-hour virtual workshop, you will discover:

  • 7 ways to deliver a better video conference
  • Myths and Truths of Presenting virtually
  • Techniques to use and lose when presenting virtually
  • Unnecessary distractions—and how to eliminate them from your environment
  • An incredible artificial intelligence practice tool that gives you instant feedback
  • How to effectively field Q&A
  • A formula to structure your message, open strong and close on time

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Kim Zerby

Online meeting fatigue turns some people into Zoombies. But not when you leverage Zoom’s built-in tools to make training participant-centered! Build creative, purposeful interactivity into your sessions to sharply increase participants’ motivation and interest in training.

During this 3-hour crash course, you will:

  • Harness Zoom’s built-in tools like whiteboarding, chat, video, polling and breakout rooms
  • Explore techniques to foster active learning as they’re modeled to you
  • Experience Openers, Closers, Revisiters, and Engergizers essential to making Zoom work for you and your learners
  • Discuss how to set up, facilitate and debrief learning activities online
  • Takeaway templates and activities with step-by-step instructions
  • Discover what the free tutorials won’t teach you – Creative Training Techniques® to teach twice as much in half the time!
Becky Pike Pluth

When performance is the question, more training isn’t always the answer. Learn how to eliminate costly training that doesn’t add value—and start doing the right training, at the right time, for the right people. This crash course gives you the skills you need to earn an influential role shaping training strategy.

During This 3-Hour Virtual Crash Course, You Will Take-Away:

  • A repeatable 4-step performance consulting process
  • Dozens of strategies to establish credibility a consultant in any setting
  • A simple process to estimate and communicate the value of a project
  • 10 ways to gain management buy-in and support
  • The only 3 levers to align shifting priorities
  • Templates, checklists, and planning tools to manage implementation and stakeholders
  • 11 strategies for dealing with conflict
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

When performance is the question, more training isn’t always the answer. Learn how to eliminate costly training that doesn’t add value—and start doing the right training, at the right time, for the right people. This crash course gives you the skills you need to earn an influential role shaping training strategy.

During This 3-Hour Virtual Crash Course, You Will Take-Away:

  • A repeatable 4-step performance consulting process
  • Dozens of strategies to establish credibility a consultant in any setting
  • A simple process to estimate and communicate the value of a project
  • 10 ways to gain management buy-in and support
  • The only 3 levers to align shifting priorities
  • Templates, checklists, and planning tools to manage implementation and stakeholders
  • 11 strategies for dealing with conflict

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

9:00 a.m - 10:30 a.m.
Becky Pike Pluth
Jason Ash

As children we embraced the joy of exploration, the wonder of discovery and the excitement of creativity through play. But as adults, we sometimes lose our way, which is why we need to give our learners and ourselves permission to play. In this general session we will explore why it is important to play, how we can influence play around us and finally set a plan to introduce the concept of play into our regular practice.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

If you think finding a needle in a haystack is difficult, try finding an e-learning program that holds people’s attention and affects behavior change. Now there’s a challenge! We know too much lecture is a no-no, yet most live-online learning programs are lecture heavy and interactive-light. Join Becky to explore the 7 worst mistakes that make virtual learning drag, and what to try instead. You’ll experience easy fixes you can apply to your own content—tips to make your job easier and training better. Your participants thank you in advance!

Kim Zerby

Let’s be honest, long boring introductions are a missed opportunity in training. By the time everyone goes around the room, nobody is listening and precious time is gone! The Bob Pike Group harnesses those critical moments at the beginning of training with openers that reduce tension and set your training on the right course from the very beginning! Discover several you can use in a variety of training environments.

Amy Saville

Mind-mapping is a visual brainstorming technique you can use to tap into the power of the brain, look at a subject in its entirety and organize around key learning objectives. It’s a tool that helps linear and lateral thinkers expand their sightlines beyond what comes naturally. Learn to mind-map and you’ll energize your training design and delivery! Rich has even been known to deliver entire 3-day programs with no guide besides a mind-map (ask and he’ll show you).

Marc Ratcliffe

Discover how to attract and maintain attention so your participants will be ready for the important messages that come from training. This session will explore the importance of taking time to pause and reflect during training and the S.T.O.P. formula of Story Telling, Object lessons and Props. Marc will show you how to construct and frame stories that enable greater impact of a message; demonstrate how to run an object lesson that speaks to content; and model how props can be used to support reinforcement in and out of the classroom.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Amy Saville

One of the most frequent comments we get from BPG clients of 10 or even 20 years ago: “I still have my handouts!” In this session, you’ll learn how to create handouts that add value to your session and can serve as a resource long after your training is done.

Simple Show

Simplification is a powerful tool across many aspects of your professional career. At the end of this session, you will be able to improve communication in your personal and professional life; efficiently deliver information to colleagues and associates; and better understand any complex topic through the use of simplification. In this working session, you’ll also create your own explainer video using free technology by simpleshow. (Must bring laptop.)

Collin Carroll

Energy—the underlying power of the entertainment industry—is critical to your learning environment. Not enough energy from the group and you’ll quickly exhaust yourself. Too much from the group and your class risks going off the rails. In this session, you will discover the benefits of physical and mental energizers and how to incorporate them seamlessly into your training.

Kim Zerby

In the absence of standing ovations (has that ever happened in training?), it can be difficult to know if training is a success. Writing strong objectives will help you gauge if the right learning has taken place. Discover why it’s best to avoid words like understandlearn, and know. Revisit the ABCD’s of writing learning objectives. Examine a list of action verbs and activities to guide your writing, and diagram your own objectives to ensure behaviors are met.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Kim Zerby

Transitioning content from classroom and elearning modules into bite-sized microlearning isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The biggest challenge is finding a simple, repeatable process that ensures learning sticks or even improves. In this session, you’ll discuss how to drill down to what learners need to know, keep it quick, and delivery it in a nice red bow! Acquire a template to transform existing content into micro lessons; discover 3 tips to successfully move elearning to microlearning; explore 8 new ways to make microlearning engaging.

Marc Ratcliffe

Breathe life back into your e-learning. Centered around the acronym L.I.F.E., the session will: explore methods to engage (L)earning with unique approaches to build learner confidence, create participation and generate fun; highlight key (I)nstructional design principles and pitfalls to consider when designing an e-learning pathway; discuss how to integrate (F)eedback to create critical opportunities to support, guide and encourage e-learners; and identify methods of (E)valuation to check how things are going and create a conduit for growth.

Lori Haskins-Crook

Have you been in meetings and the term asynchronous learning keeps getting thrown around? Did you need to do a quick search to follow the conversation because you felt too self-conscious to ask questions and appear uninformed? In this session you will get a base understanding of what all the buzz is about and discover when to use asynchronous content and a creative way to measure if it’s working.

John Aurentz

Reimagine your Powerpoint lectures into, a fun, feedback-infused game, that creates teachable moments.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

Struggling to convert classroom activities into online interactions? Becky will show you seven of her favorites you can repurpose around your content. Interaction puts learners in a good mood, gets them prepared to learn, and gives your sessions a shot in the arm. In this session you will add a bit of magic to your online training, participate in buzz groups, scrambles, human line-up and even a maze—all virtually, and experience adapting classroom activities for online delivery.

Amy Saville

Getting the results you want out of training requires a strong foundation. Instructional Design is the process used to create that foundation and ensure your participants receive the learning experience they need to achieve their goals. This session will introduce you to the 4-step instructional design process and elements that make each step powerful. You will also acquire a method to develop participant-centered training, and learn to recognize the importance of following a process to improve your training every time you offer it.

Rich Meiss

Non-productive meetings cost organizations untold thousands of hours. Strong facilitators consider what types of meetings matter, how often to meet, and who should attend. In this session, discover 10 deadly sins of meetings and how to avoid them. Walk away with a checklist of what to do before, during and after a meeting to make it highly productive and even refreshing!

Jason Ash

Looking to hit a home run with engaging activities? Sick of missing the shot to create impactful learning? Hoping to score goals with your participants? Using sports metaphors and sports-themed activities, this session focuses on the important roles that preparation, warm-up, warm-down, and peak performance play in sports and relates these lessons to the learning context.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

A recent study by Deloitte reveals the number one trend in organizations is changing the way people learn. Why is learning trending on top? Because 86% of respondents ranked it ahead of teamwork, leadership, and talent mobility! What are you doing to change the way people learn inside your organization? This session will explore how to harness presentation techniques to increase engagement and upskill talent.

Marc Ratcliffe

Delivering an effective and powerful presentation is critical in supporting learning messages and maintaining the attention of the audience. To avoid slideshow overkill, presenters need to evaluate how to get the most from their slides and create the best impact from their slide presentations. This session will provide seven principles that can be used to create more powerful slideshow-based presentations (e.g. PowerPoint, Keynote, Haiku Deck) and deliver a better learning experience for participants.

Hélène Theriault

Are you ready to Zip It Up and dive into a coach approach to engage your team? During this session you will explore research-based best practices that empower others through intentional coaching; practice using two effective coaching tools; and leave with a workbook a tool to customize to your content. Join Hélène’s for an interactive, informative session that will provide you with helpful strategies to implement immediately in your training world!

Amy Saville

What happens after the training? How do you ensure participants use their new skills and knowledge on the job? Organizational change is a challenge, but there are proven strategies that can ensure the investment you make in training pays off. Explore a proven 6-step process you can use to drive positive change that gets results long after training. You’ll learn how to enlist the right people to guide change, identify motivation for change and build on it, and engineer short-term wins and rewards that motivate your team to keep going!

Friday, October 1, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Collin Carroll

Ever wonder How am I doing? Don’t wait for the evals or boss to tell you something’s wrong. Instead, join Erin for a fast-paced hour focused on a diagnostic you can use to assess your virtual training programs. You will examine 4 vital signs of participant-centered webinars; explore 6 ideas you can use to put people in charge of their online learning; and discover the biggest threats to engagement and retention in a virtual classroom.

Amy Saville

Never seem to have enough time to devote to training design? Does instructional design ever intimidate or overwhelm you? In this session you will explore a method of design that will help you quickly align content and activities to the behaviors necessary to reach your business goals. Teams win more with a playbook—and training make a bigger impact with intentional design.

Rich Meiss

Ever wonder why The Bob Pike Group surveys participants about their managers’ involvement in every program? Research tells us the manager’s involvement as coach before and after training almost doubles the chance of training pulling though to the job. This session will focus on what managers can do to prepare their teams ahead of each training and how they can reinforce the learning after each class. You’ll leave with practical steps you can take to involve managers as coaches—one of the most effective ways to enhance organizational results!

Lori Haskins-Crook

Revisiting content is a powerful way to supercharge retention through spacing and repetition. Discover Creative Training Techniques® that will help your learners remember more of what you cover in class. Experience ideas you can R&D (ripoff and duplicate) back in your training setting to avoid end-of-day boredom and cement important concepts into learners’ minds.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

There’s an app for that! Are you adding variety to your training with apps like Turning Technologies, Vevox and UMU? There are so many free add-ons you can use to effectively poll, assess and expertly handle Q&A during online training. Becky will share a few of her favorite tools she uses to make sure communication is a 2-way street on every webinar. In this session, you’ll experience 3 unique apps that will enhance your training, explore methods to poll, assess and expertly handle questions during live webinars; and discover how you can harness technology without burning stomach acid.

Kim Zerby

Fries with that? Why not, it’s only a dollar! McDonald’s dollar menu keeps customers coming back because the exchange in value is attractive. Virtual training should be the same—the value of the content/experience needs to match the value of the participants’ precious time and pain points. Discover how to make your webinars capture attention from the moment learners login, and keep their attention the whole way through. You’ll do that sustainably by creating so much value learners can’t resist! During this session, partake in 5 irresistible webinar engagement methods; experience 4 techniques that get learners hooked and coming back; and take away a job aid with a menu of virtual activities.

Simple Show

Simplification is a powerful tool across many aspects of your professional career. At the end of this session, you will be able to improve communication in your personal and professional life; efficiently deliver information to colleagues and associates; and better understand any complex topic through the use of simplification. In this working session, you’ll also create your own explainer video using free technology by simpleshow. (Must bring laptop.)

Amy Saville

Ever wonder what technology, apps, tools, and tricks The Bob Pike Group trainers use to keep tabs on all that participant-centered content? In this session, learn about Leader’s Guides, “flow” spreadsheets, apps, and gear that will keep your content organized so you can concentrate on your participants. Share some of your own tips, too!

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kim Zerby

Are we there yet? Kids get restless and eventually stir trouble from the backseat on long road trips. In the same way, participants wonder Are we done yet? when they’re kept to the “backseat” on webinars. But with the right techniques, you can harness your audience into the driver’s seat for an exciting virtual training. In this session you’ll identify difficult online training behaviors and specific strategies to minimize, redirect and cleverly overcome them without breaking a sweat.

Jason Ash

All successful workforce teams have a common purpose, strong communication skills and a degree of mutual respect. This just doesn’t happen by accident; it needs to be facilitated and learned. In this session, we will look at how Tuckman’s Team development model influences team learning cultures; explore and participate in a range of activities designed to challenge and build teams; and select team-building activities to try back in your workplace.

Erin Patrick

Discover how adding gamification can enhance your engagement, and your bottom line, with training that creates an environment of fun with serious learning.

Collin Carroll

The pros make presenting look easy, but the reality is it involves hours of preparation and practice. Discover 25 tips for designing and delivering powerful virtual presentations. Borrow ideas from the best so you can confidently present to handfuls or hundreds every time. In this session, you’ll discuss technical and non-techie hacks that will enhance your online delivery; explore the low hanging fruit that leads to virtual polish; discover ways to make your presentation fantastically memorable, and takeaway a checklist of what to do before, during and after each virtual session.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Becky Pike Pluth

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  • Earn your Virtual Training Certification in less than a week during this year's conference

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