The Conversation Catalyst – Create High-Speed Webinar Discussions – Tip #154

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Motivate learners to help you create your content

Click here to view an excerpt  from Tricks of the Lazy Trainer.
Click here to download the handout.

Key Ideas to help you:

1 Show a slide and graphic that represents the question and contentbr>
Show them an image with books packed into a shelf. Then ask the question “How do learners learn today?” Since you showed the image with the message, learners will type in their own interpretation of the image and the question. Their answers generally cover the content you want to deliver. Instead of telling learners; facilitate to help them discover the learning.

2 Ask participants a question

By asking participants thought-provoking questions, you become clear about your content. In this case the content is, “Learners learn in smaller chunks through mobile tools.”
3 Read aloud their responses that pertain to your content

“Short pieces”

“Just-in-time technology”

4 Mention the name of participant

“Thank you Lisa.”
5 Respond emotionally

Laugh at interesting comments.
6 Appreciate the participants

“Very good answers.”

“Thank you Bob.”
7 Weave participants’ comments into your conclusion and in relation to the content


Learners learn by contributing their own interpretations and applications of the ideas. The more they do, the more they learn. This allows the trainer to do less work but empowers learners to dig into their memories that help them enrich the content they relate to.

Ray Jimenez, PhD
Vignettes Learning
“Helping Learners Learn Their Way”