Show Biz Training: Fun and Effective Business Training Techniques from the Worlds of Stage, Screen, and Song

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"Entertainers and trainers have a lot in common. Both require an audience. Both require a polished, professional delivery. And both must attract -- and keep -- attention. Or else the show is over.

Unlike the audience at a show, training participants are often disinterested and easily distracted. In order to keep them tuned in and help them retain information, trainers are constantly in search of new ways to engage learners. Grounded in the latest adult learning and training theories, "Show Biz Training" provides creative techniques that use comedy, props, magic, theater, and music, giving readers all the tools they need to perform the many activities found inside. The book uses specific examples and provides step-by-step instructions, resource lists, and worksheets to help trainers support and further learning by engaging emotion, building rapport, creating the proper atmosphere, and crafting lessons out of a host of entertainment-inspired ideas. Packed with fun, original concepts for serious educators, "Show Biz Training"is a highly informative way to set the stage for exciting, effective learning."

 

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Contents

THE DISTRACTED LEARNER
9
THE WORD IS A STAGE
25
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU
39
LEARNERTAINMENT
63
LESSONS FROM ENTERTAINMENT
89
LESSONS FROM COMEDY
91
LESSONS FROM MUSIC
137
LESSONS FROM MAGIC
185
PROPS
233
THE SCRIPT
255
REHEARSAL
277
PERFORMER
291
FINALE
319
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
335
SHOW BIZ TEMPLATES
339
SHOW BIZ TERMS
363

STAGECRAFT
207
THE STAGE
209

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About the author (2003)

Lenn Millbower (Davenport, FL) is an in-demand speaker for professional conferences and the author of "Training with a Beat "and " Cartoons for Trainers." He spent years as an instruction designer for a world-famous entertainment organization located in Orlando, Florida.

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