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50 Creative Training Openers and Energizers: Innovative Ways to Start Your Training with a Bang!

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5303-4
176 pages
August 2013, Pfeiffer
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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.
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Table of Contents

Matrix of Activities.



Banana Split.

Business Card Introduction.

Choose Five.


Customized License Plates.

Couble Circles.

Dreams and Nightmares.

Excess Baggage.

Eye Opener.

Five People.

Five Trails.*

Four C's.

Four-Quadrant Name Tent.

Gift Opener.

Group Mulling.

Hail to the Chief.

Hands Full.

Human Scavenger Hunt.

Interview the Trainer.

The "Intro" You Deserve.

Key Questions.*

Let's Get Acquainted.

Let's Share.


M & M's.

Metaphor Opener.

Musical Teams.

My Hopes.

My Life As a TV Show.

Name Tent Anchor.*

Name Tent for Class "Ownership."*

Name Tent Interview.*

Name Tent Spoof.*

Name Tent Visual.


Other Half Interview.*

Personalized Coat of Arms.

Playing Card Introduction.

Ragged Start.

Random Numbers.

Silly Hats.

Silly Sentences.

Six "H" Name Tent.*


Things You Carry.

To Be a Success.

"Tomorrow I'm Going to...."

Toothpicks Confessions.

Twenty Questions.

Two, Three, and Four Things.

Uniqueness and Commonalities.

Unusual Props.

Unusual Request.

Vote Your Priorities.

What Can You Do with It?

What Would Your Best Friend Say?

What's Your Line?

What's Your Role?

Worst Day Ever.

Write a Commercial.

About the Author.

*Bonus openers.

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Author Information

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.
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