Creativity Quote – Mary Lou Cook

Creativity Quote – Mary Lou Cook

Creativity in training, the workplace, and life is about opening the mind to new opportunities and potential. By placing yourself in an environment where you will experience new or innovative ideas, information, challenges, and risks.

“Creativity is inventing experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” Quote by Mary Lou Cook

Creativity Quote – Mary Lou Cook by The Creative Trainer

You can create a sense of apprehension, excitement, and anticipation that can be filled by experimenting and trying new things.  Therefore, this leads to new sensory exposure and expanded activity in the brain as you assimilate the new and match it to the current memories, knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Creativity Quote - Mary Lou Cook

About This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Further, Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Creativity Quote – Maya Angelou

Creativity Quote – Maya Angelou

Adding brain-based learning strategies into training sessions by engaging your creativity in the design, development, and delivery of program content is a perfect way to engage adult learners.

Many trainers and adult educators shy away from building in activities, games, novelty, and other fun factors for fear that they might be seen as frivolous or a waste of time. The key is to ensure that everything that you use, do, or say in your session has a purpose and is focused on accomplishing stated learning objectives.

Creativity Quote – Maya Angelou by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Training Industry Blogger

I have been using accelerated or active learning strategies and sharing ideas with other trainers and adult educators in professional development programs for over four decades will success. Using such elements not only engages learners and makes the program content more fulfilling for them, but it also keeps me mentally alert and engaged as I design new processes and monitor their outcome in the classroom.

As Maya Angelou said:Creativity Quote - Maya Angelou

For ideas and strategies on ways to use creativity in you adult learning sessions through the application of brain-based and adult learning research get copies of The Creative Trainer: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning; The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators; Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners; and Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People.

Learn This Adult Learning Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Creativity Quote – Robert W. Lucas

Creativity Quote – Robert W. Lucas

Trainers who truly believe that they are creative and tap into brain-based learning research. To engage with their learners through a variety of active learning strategies. Robert W. Lucas has been quoted as saying “Creativity is a state of mind!”

Creativity Quote – Robert W. Lucas by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

These trainers are ALWAYS going to be a step ahead of their peers who do not apply such knowledge. This is because learning professionals who have taken time to study how the human brain best processes. They simply try to apply information to understand the importance of creating an environment in which learners become active participants. Such environments use elements such as movement, motion, sound/music, light, color, novelty, engagement, and fun. Therefore this can stimulate brain neurons. These elements play a key role in helping gain and hold learner interest. And, once attention is focused, learners are better able to gain, retain, recall, and use what they have learned. Creativty Quotes - Robert W. Lucas

For creative resources that can add sizzle and effectiveness to any classroom learning environment, get a copy of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners. 

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Experiential Learning Helps with Retention

Experiential Learning Is Key To Helping Adult Learners Retain and Use What They Experience

Experiential Learning Helps with Retention

Accelerated learning strategies (e.g. adult learning games and activities, role play, visioning exercises, team building games, outdoor group activities [ROPES course], and similar techniques) applied in an adult learning environment are paramount to assisting in memory development.

Experiential Learning Is Key To Helping Adult Learners Retain and Use What They Experience by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

According to some brain-based learning researchers, such active learning exercises potentially help strengthen memory formation through learner engagement but also help reinforce concepts shared through more traditional training means.

For more information and ideas on how to create your own active learning training environment, click here.

‘Experiential Learning Helps with Retention’ About This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners

Brain Based Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners Can Increase Learning Outcomes

Brain-Based Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners Can Increase Learning Outcomes

Adult learners gain and retain more when they are an active part of the learning process. To effectively engage and energize your participants, you must build a variety of learner-centered activities into each of your sessions. Such involvement can be the result of individual and/or group activity. In whatever format, involvement can lead to more confident, independent, and self-managed learners.

Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners

To really take advantage of the concepts of brain-based learning, it is important to apply experiential learning strategies and get learners actively engaged. The lecture is typically not the answer for effectively sharing information, teaching new skills, and helping adult learners assimilate knowledge. Be careful not to automatically assume the role of “expert” as you step into a training room. Use activities that will draw participants out so that their knowledge, skills, and abilities are also tapped to enhance learning.

With all the creative resources in print, on the Internet, and available through other sources, there is little reason for you to do all the work in stimulating learning. There are literally thousands of ideas and accelerated learning strategies already developed and proven to teach knowledge and skills on virtually any topic. These can be adopted or adapted or you can create your own in order to provide an effective high-energy training environment for learners.

Increase Learning Outcomes by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author

If you want more ideas on ways to actively engage learners and activities that make learning fun and more effective, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People.

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Brain Research Points To The Value Of Using Music In Accelerated Learning Training Environments

Brain Based Research Points To The Value Of Using Music In Accelerated Learning Training Environments

Brain Research Points To The Value Of Using Music In Accelerated Learning Training Environments

It has been said that music soothes the savage beast. Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. What is important is that brain-based learning researchers have found a direct correlation between certain types of music and brain functioning.

In 1993, an important study was conducted related to the impact of music on the brain. This experiment resulted in what has been termed the “Mozart IQ Effect” because the famed composer Amadeus Mozart created the music selected for use in the study.

During the research, students at the University of California, Irvine listened to relaxation music, Mozart, or white noise for ten minutes as they performed spatial tasks. Afterward, it was determined that those listening to Mozart outperformed others.

Brain-Based Research Points To The Value Of Using Music

Eric Jensen points out that while this study alone cannot adequately cement the conclusion that listening to music was the reason for improved performance:

  • The effect also occurs in rats exposed to music.
  • People with Epilepsy also show increased spatial reasoning.
  • Twenty-seven studies replicating the original resulted in at least some positive “Mozart Effect.”
  • Subjects of electroencephalogram (EEG) studies, who listened to Mozart and then performed spatial-temporal tasks, showed enhanced brain activity compared to a control group that listened to a short story.

While there is a controversy about the strength of the Mozart Effect, there seems to be little doubt that music can positively impact brain functioning in adult learners. In reality, many researchers now believe that it is not the type of music played in training, instead, it is the melody, harmony, and rhythm of the music that mostly influences the brain.

To learn more about brain-based learning, using creative instructional strategies in training to address different learning styles, and the value of using music in adult learning environments in which experiential learning strategies are employed, get a copy of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

Experiential Learning Techniques Help Adult Learners with Transfer of Training

Experiential Learning Techniques Help Adult Learners with Transfer of Training

Experiential Learning Techniques Help Adult Learners with Transfer of Training

Adult learners, like their child counterparts, learn best with they are actively engaged in an accelerated (experiential) learning environment in which brain-based learning concepts are being applied.

Experiential Learning Techniques Help Adult Learners

By getting learners to actively participate in the learning process, a facilitator can better ensure that the assimilation of ideas and information will more likely result in the transfer of training.

If you want more information on how to apply brain-based learning concepts identified by brain researchers to training, get a copy of my book, The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Creative Accelerated Learning Training Activities Aid Adult Learners

Creative Accelerated Learning Training Activities Aid Adult Learners

Creative Accelerated Learning Training Activities Aid Adult Learners

A key element of accelerated or experiential learning is that participants are actively engaged in the learning process and working with one another. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to build movement and engagement opportunities into your training design.

Creative Accelerated Learning Training Activities Aid Adult Learners by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author

By applying brain-based learning research on how the human brain most effectively gains, retains, recalls and uses what it learns (e.g. using environmental elements like color, sound, smells, repetition, movement, and others) in the development of these activities, a facilitator can enhance the chances that what someone learns will be applied later (transfer of training).

Here are some common learner engagement activities to involve adult learners:

  • Ice breaker activities or games to introduce a topic and allow for interaction at the beginning of a learning event.
  • Interim review activities did approximately every 15-20 minutes to reinforce learning content to that point.
  • Training review activities are done at the end of a session to bring closure and reinforce concepts identified during the session.
  • Team building activities designed around session content to help teach and reinforce session related concepts and to bring learners together as a cohesive group. This is especially valuable if learners are part of a workgroup and can apply the team building concepts on the job.
  • Small group brainstorming to address questions, issues, and situations presented to the group.
  • Small group discussion breakouts to allow participants to analyze the results of an activity they have completed or an assigned challenge.
  • Individual task assignment in which learners create lists, essays, or produce other forms of written products that are shared with their peers and the facilitator or used later (e.g. an action plan or journal).

For thousands of creative brain-based learning strategies and techniques to enhance your adult learning training environments, get copies of my books: The Creative Training Idea Boo: Inspired Tips and techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning, Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners, and Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People.

Accelerated Learning Related Quote – Edward T. Hall

Accelerated Learning Related Quote - Edward T. Hall

Accelerated Learning Related Quote – Edward T. Hall

Accelerated learning has been found to be a solid catalyst for adult learning. By actively engaging adult learners and tapping into what brain-based learning researchers have found related to how the brain learns and most effectively functions, trainers and adult educators can positively influence the learning process.

For information on how this works, check out these resources.

Accelerated Learning Related Quote – Edward T. Hall by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Combining Accelerated Learning and Brain-Based Research to Benefit Learners

Combining Accelerated Learning and Brain Based Research to Benefit Learners

Combining Accelerated Learning and Brain-Based Research to Benefit Learners

Brain-based learning theorists and researchers have been working for decades to discover new information on how to effectively increase learning and memory in adult learners. Some of the things that they have found most effective involve active learner engagement techniques and strategies related to accelerated learning.

Combining Accelerated Learning with Research

By tapping into studies and findings by Malcolm Knowles (Adult Learning Theory), Georgi Lozanov, and a variety of brain researchers, creative trainers can more effectively enhance learning outcomes.

If these ideas and creating an adult learning environment that can engage adult learners and help them better gain and assimilate what they experience, get copies of my books The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning, Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners, and Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People.

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.