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Welcome to SHARON BOWMAN's website

Learn how to teach it quick
and make it stick!

Browse the free articles, terrific tips, and many resources - all designed to help you teach, train, speak, and communicate more effectively. Turn your passive listeners into active learners with these helpful teaching and training tools.

 

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Bowperson Publishing and Training provides books and services for teachers, trainers, speakers, and anyone who wants to create successful and effective learning experiences. Enjoy the learning!

For the aspiring writer in each of us:

A nice summary of John Medina's "Brain Rules":

A great reminder to all of us as we create
new learning experiences in 2014:

"Move! Don't Sit Still" by Jimmy Janlen
A fabulous slide presentation with great images
and a great message, plus simple and easy ways
to put the concepts to use.

Sharon's newest slide presentation from
"Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick"

 

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Dozens of great techy ideas for teachers and trainers.
Pick just one (or more) and you'll be on your way
towards multi-media instruction and learning.

This presentation doesn't tell us how to learn,
but it does tell us the importance of learning to learn:

What to do before, during, and after training:

A picture is worth a thousand words:

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Prerequisites and Requirements for
The Trainer Certification Course:
How to Present "Training from the
BACK of the Room"

Prerequisites and Requirements (in PDF format)

Adventures in Accelerated Learning
Author: Roger Brown
About the Author:
Roger Brown is a coach and trainer in the world of Agile Software Development, a team-based approach to creating innovative products. He has an interest in the application of neuroscience to learning, creativity, and collaboration. You can correspond with Roger on his professional blog at www.agilecoachjournal.com or his personal blog at www.infinitedigress.com.

The Science of Learning: Best Approaches for Your Brain
Author: Mark Levison
About the Author:
Mark Levison is an Agile Software Development trainer who also specializes in applying cognitive neuroscience to classroom-based instruction and coaching software development teams. For more about Mark and the links to his articles, click here or you can access his personal blog here.

Sticky Teaching: Understanding What a Brain Can't Ignore. Slide presentation by Chris Lema

Help! My Presentation Sucks: 3 Emrgency Ideas to Help Your Presentations Slide presentation by Oliver Adria

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"Training from the BACK of the Room"
Sponsored by Crisp Consulting
Stockholm Sweden, November 18th - 19th 2013

The Scrum Alliance Gathering Pre-Conference Workshop
"Excerpts from: Training from the BACK of the Room"
May 2013, Las Vegas, NV

 

Excella Group: "Training from the BACK of the Room"
April 2013, Arlington, VA

The CollabNet Agile and Scrum Trainers
"Training from the BACK of the Room"
August 2011, Portland OR

The Rally Corp. Agile and Scrum Trainers
"Training from the BACK of the Room"
May 2011, Boulder, CO

The Educational Service Unit 10
Professional Development Trainers
"Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick"
May 2012, Kearney, NE

Scrum Alliance "Training from the BACK of the Room"
Scrum and Agile Coaches and Trainers
Amsterdam, November 2010

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WHAT'S NEW?
(Website updated April 22nd 2014)

COMING UP FAST!
4 Training Opportunities:
Germany, USA, Canada, Sweden
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Germany:
Training from the BACK of the Room!
April 28th and 29th 2014
Cologne, Germany

First time offered in Germany for the public. There are still seats left. Click on link above for details and registration information.

This 2-day train-the-trainer course will be facilitated by outstanding TBR Certified Trainers Thorsten Kalnin and Rolf Katzenberger, both from Germany. They are also Scrum and Agile coaches. The course will be taught in English.

Join a global group of trainers for two highly interactive, exciting, and memorable training days. Learn how to apply brain-based instruction to any training program or course you teach. Click HERE for course information.

United States:
Training from the BACK of the Room!
May 22nd - 23rd 2014
Denver, Colorado

Sponsored by the Santeon Group and facilitated by two excellent Santeon TBR Certified Trainers, Tricia Broderick and Doc List (who are also Scrum and Agile coaches). Early bird discounts and group discounts apply. Click on link above for details.

First time offered in the Denver area, this 2-day train-the-trainer is the Cadillac of brain-based training programs. For trainers of all levels and areas of expertise. Click HERE for more information. Venue will be: Thrive Workplace Solutions at Cherry Creek; 201 Milwaukee Street, STE 200, Denver, CO 80206, US

Canada:
Training from the BACK of the Room!
June 5th - 6th 2014
Guelph Ontario, Canada

First time offered in Canada by two excellent TBR Certified Trainers and Agile coaches, Ellen Grove and Glenn Waters. This 2-day train-the-trainer program is for all trainers, teachers, and Agile coaches who want to fine tune their training skills and to learn how to apply brain-based instruction to any topic and with any group of learners. Enjoy an exciting and memorable learning experience that you can immediately use in your own training programs. Click on link above, or click HERE for more information, venue, and registration form.

Sweden:
Training from the BACK of the Room!
June 11th - 12th 2014
Stockholm, Sweden

This is the first course offered in the Swedish language. It is sponsored by the Swedish company Crisp and facilitated by two excellent Crisp TBR Certified Trainers and Agile coaches, Jimmy Janlen and Peter Antman. This 2-day workshop is for anyone who speaks Swedish and who wants to improve their training and teaching skills. Click on link above, or click HERE for more information, venue, and registration form.

A note from Sharon about the
above training events:

While the Certified Trainers presenting "Training from the BACK of the Room" have all been trained by me and have completed all requirements necessary for the certification, the individual trainers are responsible for program costs, venues, and registration policies. Neither I nor my company are involved in the training programs beyond the certification of the trainers delivering the workshops.

With that said, all the TBR Certified Trainers have excellent training skills. You will be in very capable hands :-) and will learn an enormous amount of practical and useful content when you participate in a "Training from the BACK of the Room" workshop.

Sharon's FREE Webinar:
Brain-Based Presenting –
Getting the Brain to Pay Attention!

May 15th 2014
2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Sponsored by HRDQ, and open to the public, this webinar is an unforgettable hour of learning that will transform your presenting and training skills.

Discover the secret to making any content memorable — even when the topic is dry, technical, or complex. Not only will you leave with tools you can put to immediate use both in face-to-face and online presenting and training, but you'll also have a host of free, web-based resources you can use to polish your training and presentation skills.

Join HRDQ and Sharon for an unforgettable hour of hands-on learning! Click HERE for more information.

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Wondering about the best ways
to use PowerPoint?

 
Here are some other excellent slide presentations about using PowerPoint – highly visual, unusual, and totally thought-provoking.
Source: www.slideshare.net.

Brain Rules for Presenters
Burn Your PowerPoints
Stop Killing Your Students with PowerPoint
Don't Be a PowerPoint Felon
5 Ways to Make Linear Navigation More Interesting
Presentation Skills for Teachers
You Suck at Powerpoint

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Treat yourself to Sharon's
free, ten-minute micro-courses:

All of these short, quick, image-rich slide presentations can also be found on the Articles page of this website.

5 Tips for Interactive Webinars

How To Teach It So They Learn It

How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Simple Steps

Engage the Brain: 5 Ways to Create Interactive Slides

How to Design Great Training: Begin with the End in Mind

Different Trumps Same: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention

Teaching Adults ANYTHING in 4 Easy Steps

Movement Trumps Sitting

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Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick!
Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching.

Sharon's newest book is now available on www.amazon.com

Click here for the table of contents and a free excerpt.

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The Six Trumps Workshop

In Sharon's newest book there is a facilitator's guide for a 45-minute workshop introducing audiences to the six learning principles. The following links are for the materials that accompany the workshop:

The Six Trumps Workshop Slide Set
The Six Trumps Workshop Postcards
The Six Trumps Workshop Table Cards

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Training from the BACK of the Room!
65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn.

Purchase your own copy of this valuable, "grab-and-go" resource available now on www.amazon.com. Click here for more detailed information about this sequel toThe Ten-Minute Trainer.

What Participants Are Saying
About Sharon's Programs

"Energetic, insightful, and game changing. Sharon has condensed years of brain science into an easy-to-understand bag of tools that are accessible to any trainer, regardless of background.

Brian Rebon, President The Brain Trust Consulting Group

"Awesome! New ideas on how to teach and how to learn so that people remember and are focused on learning all the way – all of this is great!

Anita Kasari, Senior Software Engineer
Nixu Company

"Enlightening, memorable, and thought-provoking. Worth its weight in gold!"

Brad Streets, Retail Sales Trainer,
LG Electronics

"This was the most useful course I have attended in my career - lifelong learning at its finest!"

Michelle Hutchings-Medina, Instructor
Washington University

"Multi-faceted in its scope and complexity made simple! This course presented essential training information in a totally fun and involved way!"

Patrick Casanova, Trainer
Southwest Gas Corporation

"There is something in this course for everyone, from novice to experienced trainer - stimulating and action-packed!"

Donna Gravesen, Training Corrdinator
General Mills

"Go! Even if you've been training for a long time, you will learn or revisit MANY ways to liven up any training. Outstanding, useful, and fun!"

Karen Carlson, Senior Training Specialist
Best Buy

"Dynamite! We were immersed in all of the tools and, from one activity to the next, they all become clear and useable. It excited me about all the new training possibilities at my disposal."

Karen Harris, Division HR Manager
Orkin Pest Control, GA