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Engaging Learners in the Orderly Conversation

  • 11 Jun 2013
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Cambria Suites, 3940 N. Gateway Drive, Appleton, WI


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Engaging Learners in the Orderly Conversation

A big obstacle to effective training is learner apathy in the classroom. As trainers, we need to stay relevant in today’s tough market and take responsibility for moving participants from ho-hum observers to engaged and passionate learners. But how?
One way is to conduct training sessions as if they are “orderly conversations.” An orderly conversation is one that is (a) carefully organized, well-designed and documented, and (b) flexibly executed with lively participation and input from the entire group. When trainers and facilitators engage learners in this fashion, learners are more likely to invest in the learning outcome and apply what they’ve learned back on the job.

The theory behind the “orderly conversation” will be discussed as well as insights and skills for engaging learners in the process. This will include cleaning out the old training toolbox to get rid of rusty rules, gimmicks and anything else that simply doesn’t work.
Participants will also examine their own “default approach” to training. A default approach is the response trainers have to the tension between the orderly and the conversational. It is a measure of their comfort, their habits, strengths and weaknesses. Some trainers thrive while keeping things on track – planning, details, time management. Others thrive with the conversational dimension – being spontaneous, engaging listeners, encouraging discussion. While the influence of a trainer’s default is felt throughout the process, it is often too subtle and unconscious to be noticed. The session will help presenters explore what their default means for them and what they can do to manage it to their advantage in the classroom.

About Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since1995, first as a camera man, then trainer, account manager and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the organization. As a trainer, Greg delivers our live workshops and is one of the instructors in our online courses. Greg is also an account manager and has taken the lead in the design and development of Turpin's eLearning courses. About that hyphen in his last name, it goes back to the acting years when he was ill-advised to lose his last name and use his middle name instead. He inserted the hyphen when he left acting, mostly because without it the Social Security Administration was confused.


8:00 - 8:15 am

Registration and Networking
Hot & Healthy Breakfast Buffet

8:15 - 8:30 am

Announcements and introduction of Greg Owen-Boger.

8:30 - 10:30 am


Participants Will Leave With:

1. A clear understanding of what it means to conduct an orderly conversation
2. An understanding of their default approach and how they can capitalize on their strengths and improve their weaknesses
3. An action plan for moving learners from ho-hum observers to engaged and passionate learners.






* Cancellation Policy:  Registrants may cancel and receive a full refund prior to two working days before a program.  Registrants who cancel within the two-day period will be charged.  No-shows will be charged.

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