Summary of Trainers in Motion

Creating a Participant-Centered Learning Experience

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Trainers in Motion book summary
Do you want people you are teaching to sit like robots, or do you want them to think, react, participate and learn?


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Jim Vidakovich’s Trainers in Motion is published in a binder with dividers, so you can add your own notes and comments. This reader participation workbook parallels Vidakovich’s approach to involving participants in their own training. Vidakovich begins with an initial discussion of his approach, but the majority of the book is very hands-on, with descriptions of exercises, illustrations of room arrangements, lists of suggested approaches and questions for you to answer. This notebook is packed with good ideas from an expert on training. The caveat: at about $90, it’s a little pricey. Nonetheless, recommends it with confidence to trainers and workshop leaders. If hands-on is your style, you have a very well-informed friend in Jim Vidakovich.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to set up a participatory training program;
  • How to assess and satisfy clients’ needs and learning styles; and
  • Methods for promoting interaction at workshops and seminars.


The Value of Participation-Centered Learning
Traditionally, training employs lectures and uses little interaction although research indicates that this is not the most effective way to teach. Participant-centered learning, which provides a better learning experience and is more fun, will...
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About the Author

Jim Vidakovich is an international seminar leader, corporate trainer, new media and marketing consultant, motivational speaker and Emmy-award-winning producer. He is the former Marketing Director of the Children’s Television Workshop, which created Sesame Street and other children’s educational programming.

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