Trainer Skills Intensive

MAXIMIZING YOUR TRAINING & TEACHING IMPACT: Trainers Intensive – Effectively engage Learners in the learning process

Laurie Kelly

  • Professional Development For Trainers & Educators – A ‘Train The Trainer’ Course That Adds Real Value
  • Brain-Friendly delivery skills to Engage Learners
  • Accelerate Learning
  • Make Learning STICK

Word of Mouth referrals are the life-blood for any trainer and are the most cost effective marketing tool that we have.

These referrals come from happy clients. These clients are participants who received great training that engaged and inspired them; and organisations who received good return on Investment because of practical learning transfer into the workplace.

Whist there has been an emphasis on good assessment skills for trainers to help meet Audit requirements, there has been a gap in giving Trainers really good delivery skills.

Yet it is good training that will build your reputation in the market place.

Mindworks Australasia Pty Ltd has been running a very practical ‘Training Impact’ program since 2001.

This program is about giving trainers practical skills to Engage the Learner.


We would love the opportunity to inform you about the practical nature of our  seminar that we run both as a Public program and as an In-house workshop with training, educating, government and private organisations.

This course teaches delivery skills which go BEYOND current TAE40110, teaching you how to use Brain-Friendly training techniques so that participants will leave your training programs energized and confident to implement strategies to achieve real behavioural change!

1. Engaging your audience

How to engage your audience
How to gauge and respond to your audience’s expectations and interests
How to gauge the pre-knowledge of the group and encourage them to contribute their knowledge to the group

  1. Engaging the group:
    • Engaging the audience – so that they are eager and confident to participate
    • Raise the energy and motivation of the group. Add more sizzle. Transform cynicism into excitement, or anxiety into unstoppable confidence
  2. Using existing group knowledge:
    • Four different ways of gauging the pre-knowledge of the group – so you can target your material using good adult learning theory
    • Recognize previous knowledge – so you can utilize the expertise in the room
    • How to ‘Add Value’ to existing knowledge – so people feel their expertise is acknowledged and can be enhanced by adding value to it
  3. Interaction:
    • Breaking up ‘cliques’ – so they are out of their comfort zone and ‘learning transfer’ is easier
  4. Small group techniques:
    • Using small group techniques – so all participants are actively engaged

2. Your training style – we are all UNIQUE

What is your learning style and how does it impact on your training style?
How to keep your training style fresh and relevant
How to present well to the group
How to effectively facilitate the group

  • Learning about your learning style – so you don’t fall into the trap of teaching only the way you learn. You can accommodate all learning styles
  • Making the 8 Intelligences practical, especially for technical training – complicated concepts can be easily delivered so that they are absorbed and understood
  • Using the Philosophers Walk – so you model to the group Visual / Auditory / Kinaesthetic / Tactile learning – (VAKT)
  • The Pencil Technique – so you look really clever and minimize your nerves
  • Using your group as co-facilitators – so you aren’t doing all the hard work; and your attention stays with the needs of the group
  • Learning Styles – so that you will understand how you learn, and the 23 elements that affect the learning influence of you and others
  • Modelling ways to engage various learning styles – you’ll see it; you’ll hear it; and you’ll do it – so it sticks
  • Understanding the myths of learning – so that confidence is developed

3. The training room/learning environment

How to create an effective learning environment
How to grab the group’s focus

  • Bring the group’s focus into the training room – so they leave their worries behind and are open to your session
  • Creating an atmosphere within the room – so participants are relaxed and open to learning
  • Alternative to death by Power-Point

4. Activities to encourage interaction

Different resources to encourage interaction, increased energy levels

  • Brain Gym exercises – so you can energize the group at any stage in the day and deliberately target what you need the group to be doing
  • Six different ways with playing cards to get your group interacting – break up the cliques, get the energy moving, get positive thinking happening

5. Encouraging positive mindsets – State is Crucial

How to combat nervousness, encourage excitement in learning and keep your participants focused

  • Creative Session Openers – generating excitement about the learning possibilities
  • Overcoming negative mindsets – so behavioural change is possible and they don’t give you a hard time
  • VAKT – how to build these perceptual modes into your sessions – your participants will be immediately engaged
  • Getting movement in the training room – gets the energy up, engages mobile learners, and minimizes boredom and distractions
  • Keep them awake after lunch – so when you are on the graveyard shift your sessions have vitality and impact
  • Keeping the group on task – so you get through the material and are not high-jacked
  • Six fun ways of appointing scribes and relieving tension – so people are having fun doing necessary tasks
  • Build positive experiences – so people leave feeling confident and rapt in you as a trainer, and willing to change behaviour

6. Keep it real

Keeping focus on the WIIFM factor

  • Improve the way learners transfer and apply the learning back into the workplace
  • Raise the credibility of training by finding better ways of linking it back into the workplace
  • Help participants to create truly compelling learning goals, that keeps them engaged and energised
  • Design your training with the end in mind. What experience do they need to assist them achieve this outcome?

7. Evaluation and feedback techniques

How to find out what your group is thinking

  • How to lessen anxiety in the plenary feedback sessions – so people are relaxed and focused on the sessions, and you get honest feedback
  • Feedback Cards – so that you know exactly where all of the groups thinking is, not just the verbal few
  • Evaluation techniques – so that the group is focused on continuous improvement

8. Presenting your resources and materials

Are your resources responding to the different learning styles (e.g. are they tactile, colourful etc?)
Are your training manuals aesthetically pleasing and easy to comprehend?

  • Whole Brain Learning Techniques – such as use of stories, metaphors, humour, graphics, colour, overviews, factual input – so that your material is presented in a way that people learn and succeed
  • Creative Chart Work – engages the visuals and makes you look professional
  • Creating relevant ice-breakers – so that you are not wasting valuable time
  • Use of Graphics – brighten up boring and dry content
  • Utilizing tactile resources that make your material is relevant to those who need to ‘touch’ it

9. Memory and reading techniques

How to teach your group to read faster and comprehend more
How to help with memory training and build retention

  • Pre-reading – participants will love you forever for this one when they learn the tricks to read and comprehend at a speed they never thought possible – straight away
  • Six different methods to build retention, so they get it, can recall it and use it – so your training sticks
  • Memory training

10. Brain Friendly Training

  • Keep it Real – make it highly business focused
  • State is everything – get participants into a highly motivated, resourceful state to learn. They will then use this state when applying the learning
  • Honour uniqueness and difference – tailoring training to the learning styles of the participants and to the unique culture of the organization
  • Make the training rich and Multisensory
  • Have participants create meaning of the information, not just consumption – then they will use it

This workshop is for trainers who want to make an impact, come up with new ideas, think creatively and achieve high energy, high-impact training programs.

Come on board with Mindworks workshops for Training Excellence


Below is our Composite Evaluation Chart from participants that have done many of our courses over the past few years (received from completed evaluations from a selection of in-house & public workshops).

THIS IS TOP-QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT packed with energising and engaging presentation & delivery skills
By Mindworks Director & Senior Presenter
Laurie Kelly

‘The TAE40110 gives you the Body of Training – we give you the Heart’ – Laurie Kelly

Our Seminar title “Maximizing Your Training & Teaching Impact” – Trainers Skills Intensive, says it all:
rekindle both your passion for training or teaching, and your audience’s desire to learn
Recapture your enthusiasm with Brain-Friendly techniques that will ensure your delivery is:

  • motivating
  • attention-grabbing
  • enjoyable
  • and that content STICKS!

We all learn in different ways, and our workshop will ensure that your delivery reaches the widest audience possible, by instructing you in a large number of skills, tips and strategies to get your subject matter across. BE 100% effective – and have FUN doing it!

Refresh and upgrade your skills and excite your students to learn … and keep on learning …



  • The group will receive comprehensive suggestions for further development, together with recommended resources
  • All participants will be subscribed to Training Tips by email
  • All participants will be invited into a Graduate Discussion Group so they can network and get ongoing coaching to improve their design and delivery


  • $830 for the 2-day course – which includes:
  • A great opportunity to refresh and enhance your delivery skills with over 160 ideas, tips, techniques and tools to make your delivery ‘even better’
  • Two days of fully-charged, exciting training
  • 90 page ideas-packed Resource/Workbook and other quality Resources & Handouts valued at over $130
  • 16 hours of Face-to-Face Professional Development where you will experience the ‘talk walked’
  • Fully catered over two days
  • Leaving the workshop with your next seminar delivery ideas all planned
  • Bouncing these ideas off the other trainers present and helping each other to push the boundaries of engaging the learner … invaluable
  • PLUS – Ongoing support over the next six months so the ideas work for you …