Free Micro-Courses

Created by Sharon Bowman, these micro-courses are short, image-rich, interactive slide presentations about a specific topic. In each micro-course, you are directed to do certain tasks so that you will be able to remember the content longer than if you just read the slides. And each micro-course will give you dozens of ways of using the information in your own classes and with your own teaching and training topics.

Instructions for Viewing Full Screen Slides on a Computer: Click on the small slanted arrow (bottom right of the slide screen) and use your left/right arrow keys (or the arrow icons) to advance the slides. Click on the “escape” key to exit full screen mode.

Instructions for Viewing on a Cell Phone or Tablet: Click on the title link of the Micro-Course. It will take you to where you will be able to advance the slides by swiping to the left. 

Instructions for Copying/Embedding the Micro-Courses: Click on the white arrow in the bottom left corner of the slide screen to copy the link or embed the presentation in a website or blog. Under the Creative Commons license, you are allowed to download and share the slide presentations as long as you cite the source and do not print, sell, nor alter them in any fashion.

For a Complimentary E-Book: Scroll to the bottom of the micro-courses to find out how to receive the little gem of a book “Presenting With Pizzazz!”

When They DO It, They’ve GOT It! How to Use Concrete Practice When Training 

Gearing Up for Bloom’s! An Introduction to Higher Order Thinking Skills

Preventing Death by PowerPoint!

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

For a Complimentary E-Book “Presenting with Pizzazz!” – View one of the micro-courses above, then leave a comment about it below (at the bottom of this column). Your comment might be a short summary of the slide presentation, how you plan to use what you’ve learned, or your opinion about or reaction to the slide presentation. The little ebook is filled with quick activities to engage your learners right from the start and will be sent to you via email, once your comment has been approved and posted (usually within a day or two). Thanks, in advance, for commenting on a micro-course! 


  • Andrea M. Walker

    The micro course on Teaching Adults Anything in 4 Easy Steps is a very will be very helpful when preparing new training materials for the adult participants in my classes. The steps in this presentation are easy and should be a breeze to incorporate into my existing and new materials.

    • Glad you found the micro-course helpful, Andrea, especially the 4Cs Map. Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • Sharon, micro course was filled with amazing information that I was able to put to use immediately with my training session .. Thanks for bringing and sharing these nuggets of wisdom with folks every where — It is awesome to hear that the concept indeed works with teenage kids too – LOL

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Ramesh Npri. Let me know how you use the concepts with teaching teenage kids! Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • I’ve used your 4C model concepts for all training that I’ve done and the results are phenomenal. People walk away with ability to practically apply the learnings thank you for your amazing contribution to this field. It has made my work as a coach and trainer so much more fulfilling as my adult learners are engaged and actively participate. I’ve just went through the slide share above on concrete practice and it just reinforces to me the steps to follow and how important the flow of the 4C model is creating new neuropathways enabling people to find the fun again in learning as it should be!!

    Kind Regards

    • I agree with you, Seems, that the 4Cs Map is very helpful. Thank you for your detailed comments! Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • Sharon, I watched several of the Micro Webinars and they gave me the knowledge on how, when and shy to incorporate interactive activities for an online webinar. I didn’t know about the digital graphic organizers which could be a great visual tool. Also, I forget to the students to stretch. That will be a sticky not on my computer. I look forward to more information from your book Presenting with Pizzazz. Thanks for sharing how to make learning fun.

    • Glad you found the micro-courses helpful, Lauri. Thank you for your kind comments! Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • I reviewed the movement trumps sitting micro course. Such a common problem in the learning environment. I really liked the easy activities suggested for bringing more movement in. Thanks!

    • Glad you found the micro-course helpful, Sara – a belated thanks for your comments! Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • Stephanie Allison

    The micro preso “Six Trumps: Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching” was so informative in such a short presentation. My favorite is how Sharon prompts you to stop and draw the images so you can retain the information later. Before I train my next fundamentals course, I am taking time to review and revise the content so I can incorporate the Trumps as much as possible. 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you are finding the micro-courses helpful, Stephanie, and I really appreciate your kind comments. Please see the email I sent you that has the complimentary digital book as well as the Pocket Cards for 2021 attached to it. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Wow. I’ve learnt so much just by going through your micro-courses. I’m passionate about training, and feel that every time you train, you need to make a difference. Thank-you for making a difference in my life today, by giving me a new fresh perspective on training and to help me keep improving on my skills.
    I absolutely love your trumps – it is so creative and different – it caught my eye immediately – and I love how you presented it. Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

    • A belated thank you, Lynn, for your kind comments – just sent you an email with complimentary gifts attached and with wishes for a Happy New Year! Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • The Interactive Webinars micro-course was just what the doctor ordered. My symptoms were not life-threatening but they sure were aggravating to my attendees. Your use of full-screen images was literally an eye-opener. And your recommendation for exercise/stretching was almost word-for-word what my doctor said. So, thank you for the detailed yet fun prescription, Dr. Sharon!

    • My apologies for the delay in replying to your kind comments about the micro-courses, Phyllis. See the email I just sent with two complimentary gifts. Your “doctor’s orders” metaphor put a smile on my face 🙂 Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Steps” I’ve been a long time advocate of 4mat and the 4cs follows a similar structure. I only wish I could get others that I work with in corporate settings to ‘see the light’. It is often difficult to convince them of the merit of connection before introduction or even before content. In some ways it would be great if we could rewind to the days before PowerPoint (yes I’m prehistoric :)) when instructional design practice seemed much more robust. With PowerPoint and more recently rapid design authoring tools, everyone is a ‘designer’. The difference is that now instead of death by PowerPoint, it is death by a-thousand-click-nexts’.

    • I totally agree with you, Geraldine, that it’s “death-by-a-thousand-clicks” now, and I was dragged kicking and screaming into using PowerPoint too. The only way to help others “see the light” is to model it for them and to do that over and over again. Some will get it; some won’t. But it WILL ripple out from you to others: “When the teacher is ready, the students will come” (from “A Course in Miracles”). Best of luck on your journey! Sharon

  • Hi Sharon and the Team, I was recently participated in one of Dana Pylayeva course on Liberating Structures, where I was made aware of Training from the Back of the Room and the 4C’s by you.

    After visiting your web site and seeing all this cool stuff, I must say the Different TRUMPS Same resonated with me. Looking forward to view the remaining slides

    • A very (very!) belated reply to your kind comments, George, and I’m glad that you had a chance to attend Dana’s course – she is tops!!! Glad you’ve found my micro-courses helpful. Two digital gifts are coming your way via email, with a Happy New Year wish for you and yours! Sharon

  • I LOVED Preventing Death By PowerPoint. Interesting name, first of all. I liked the thumb up and down concept, and had to laugh when it was actually one of the techniques! The idea of not providing slides during the presentation, but afterward, was good. I think the “Take-away” for me, though was the idea of graphic organizers. I am very shove info out oriented and I am learning a lot about creativity from you. This was one of those for me. I had never heard of them, and will be exploring them more.

    • Hi Ryan: First, my apologies for the belated reply to your detailed summary of the Micro-Course. Second, you made me smile when I read some of your comments – I’m so glad to know that the Micro-Courses are helpful. Thank you for taking the time to respond. The complimentary book – along with some other free resources – are coming your way. Stay safe! 🙂 Sharon

    • Stephanie Allison

      I second the graphic organizer as my main takeaway. I am sooo going to use this in the very near future!

  • Hi Sharon, I just saw the “5 tips for interactive webinars” micro-course. I found it inspiring and with valuable information. I will certainly implement these tips to my next presentation. Thank you for sharing all these great stuff.

    • I just found your kind comments from awhile back – thank you, Violetta, and I’m glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful. Two little digital gifts are on their way. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Just went through Movement Trumps Sitting and totally agree. I find it funny that we ‘medicate’ kids who can’t sit sit. I’m a school bus driver and sitting still on the bus is for safety, but once we arrive at the school in the morning, they get up and move around!

    Thanks for the reminder, and I love your books!

    • Hi Dennis: Thank you for your kind kudos about the micro-course – much appreciated! Ditto for the comment about my books 🙂 Agree that movement is so important, especially for kids. The complimentary ebook (and a free infographic) are on their way to your inbox – enjoy! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon. My name is Daniel Jimenez. I search some information about some stategy to help me comunicate information to a group of people. I have an iniciative that consist in to show others employees in my job new tecnologies but I have a lot of information that i could give easily but that plan maybe will very borring if I try to them only read those material. I want to know some stategis that I can use to carry those information so more didactic because my group of people that i have to that I have to address are mostly adults.

    Can you help with some information please?

    • My apologies, Daniel, for the delay in my response to your inquiry. Please see the email I just sent you with two attached digital gifts. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • I just viewed the micro course When They DO It, They’ve GOT It! How to Use Concrete Practice When Training – very informative and inspiriing. I plan to incorporate a creative reflection as concrete practice and have each table in the class use pipe cleaners and other supplies to represent a process and the roles they have just learned about. I had not considered that and i think it will be a good way to change up the parts of the brain and physical motions involved which will be welcome in a full day class.

    • A very (very!) belated thank you, Kathryn, for your detailed response to one of my micro-courses. Glad you’ve found the ideas helpful. Two digital gifts are coming your way via email. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Enjoyed learning so many of great tips and ideas! What I will start using immediately is to begin my trainings asking my particpants to do following: “Write down one sentence saying what you already know about this subject” and “Write down one thing you are looking forward to learn during this class”.

  • “Begin with the end in mind” was a great reminder to focus on outcomes in my workshops.

  • Before “Preventing Death by PowerPoint!”, I tried to put as much as possible information in slide including image, text. And I figured out why my student got bored.
    Thanks Sharon for your sharing. It helps.

  • I have been teaching for many years but always curious to learn more – especially about engaging the people I teach… I ordered your book last week and can’t wait to get started to “train from the back of the room”
    I like these micro courses – in particular the part with concrete practices and the action planning. Thank you for sharing your knowledge 🙂

    • Belated thanks to you, Jette, for your thoughtful comments. Glad you like the micro-courses – yes, the concrete practices and action planning are important pieces of all learning, even in virtual learning. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hello Sharon,
    Went through the concrete practice course – lot of leanings from me – I use practice component every time in my trainings – but didn’t thought of collaboration – I’ll from now on –

  • Tomorrow I will be giving my first webinar. I will use the 5 tips: 1. Begin with a fast pass. 2. Use 10 minute rule. 3 Build in body breaks. 4 Use quick writes 5. end with an action plan. Thank you so much for these tips!

    • Hi, Evelien! Please see the email I just sent you with two digital gifts for you. And my apologies for the response delay. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Thanks infinite for this content. I was preparing a new training when I came to this page, and the magic came true. Now my training is becoming something interesting, fun and where I feel that everyone who takes it can learn much more and better. Thank you .

    • A belated but heartfelt thank you for your kind comments, Patricia. Two digital gifts have been sent via email to you. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Just started to give some online webinars. But how to prevent that participants are doing something else? Your slides about ‘interactive webinars’ are more than useful for me. Thanks a lot!

    • Thanks SO much for your kind comments, Mireille, and my apologies for this delayed response. Two digital gifts have been sent your way via email. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Preventing Death by PPT was great for ideas to refresh my presentations and minimize boredom among participants. I really like the quick & easy access of these micro-courses. Thank you!

    • Glad you found the micro-course helpful, Sarah, and a (very) belated thanks back for your kind comments. Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • Fantastic micro-course Sharon! 🙂
    It is packed with great content and exercises!!

  • I have seen – Use Concrete Practice When Training – There are so many awesome ways of engaging people & making learning stick. I have also attended the TBR Course and got many useful tools in my trainer toolbag which will help me deliver better content in future. Also planning to get into trainer course so looking forward to it. Thanks TBR Team & Sharon.

  • Thank-you Sharon for the slides on the importance of concrete practice in the slides entitled teach it so they Learn it. This for me, is sometimes the trickiest part of facilitation when I don’t know the participants well enough. the triad teach backs and the sculpt it strategies are two that I am going to use the next time I facilitate.


    • Thank you for your kind comments, Lia – much appreciated! I agree with you that concrete practice is one of the most challenging parts of facilitating learning (it certainly is for me!). Cheers! 🙂

  • Emanuel Edwan de Lima

    Hello Sharon,

    I attended his mini course “Gearing Up for Bloom’s! An Introduction to Higher Order Thinking Skills”. I already knew Bloom’s taxonomy, but the way you presented it and the chain of knowledge gave me new insights.
    I’m writing from Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon forest, and thanks to the Internet we have access to high quality material like the ones you have made available.

    • A very belated but very heartfelt “thank you” for your kind comments about my Bloom’s Micro-Course, Edwan. Manaus in the middle of the Amazon rainforest? God bless the Internet!!! That is a miracle, my friend, that my content could reach such exotic places on our lovely little planet! Thank you for letting me know where you live 😀

  • The 6 trumps are a good guiding factor while structuring the sessions – in addition, many of the activities used while explaining the 6 trumps could also be used though not necessarily in the same order . Thanks.

  • Hi Sharon – I love that you provide practical examples in your micro-courses. In the How to Map Your Instruction, I came up with a few new activities to try at my next session (ie – In pairs/triads learners to a 1 min discussion on what they already know about the topic) and the importance of putting the Connections activity BEFORE the welcome. In “When they DO it” micro-course, I learned the importance of having all learners practice the skill. In the past, I’ve done a few activities where 5-6 people do the activity and others watch and debrief. I think a more effective approach going forward will be for me to ensure my activities include everyone as active participants. Lastly, I loved learning about Bloom and the importance of designing activities that deepen a learners ability to retain information through using HOTS skills. Thank you for sharing so much of your learnings and teachings with us!

    • A very belated but very heartfelt “thank you” for your detailed comments about my Micro-Courses, Kerri – I appreciated your thoughtfulness and attention to detail – very informative! 🙂

  • The 5 ways to create interactive slides micro-course provided some very valuable information I can’t wait to implement these simple tips into my next presentation.

  • I found the 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars most useful. I will use all 5 tips in a webinar that I’m planning to deliver next month.

  • Thank you so much for the easy-to-follow, interactive, and fun webinar you conducted last week on brain-based presenting, on behalf of HRDQ-U. Many of the facilitation techniques you mentioned were certainly familiar but it was wonderful to better understand the brain-based principles behind them: the WHYs behind the HOWs. I have sent you a short summary by email of the excellent examples of the techniques I noticed during the webinar.

  • Sharon, I met you about 10 years ago at an ATD conference. Your lesson was so memorable. I just reviewed The 6 Trumps and it was a terrific refresher. You are a role play for all of us who help people reach their potential. You inspire the creativity in me. Thank YOU!

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Paula, and for remembering me from those ATD years (when it was still ASTD!). The complimentary ebook is on its way 🙂 Sharon

  • The micro-course When They DO It, They’ve GOT It! How to Use Concrete Practice When Training was a great reminder of C3: Concrete Practice. I think sometimes when we plan a training we don’t allow for enough time to practice. We tend to jump into simpler one step activities and call it practice. This course reminded me that taking a few ideas from my Trainer’s Toolbox (started at the TBR training) and combining them together will create a great activity that my participants will enjoy doing and will help cement their knowledge even after they leave the training. I also loved that I was able to add more ideas to my Trainer’s Toolbox from this micro-course.

    • Hi Marianne: I’m glad you’ve found the Concrete Practice slide presentation helpful and I totally agree with you that often we don’t spend enough classroom time on that step of lesson design. I’m glad, too, that you’re able to add to your TBR toolbox – always a good thing! 🙂

  • I went through the “different trumps same” micro-course and what I like most in your micro-course is the walk the talk. Actually I went through it twice as I wanted to see a difference what I can remember without taking notes and if I am taking notes – and it made a difference – of course 😉 Looking forward to go through some of the other courses as well and see what else I can take out of it for my next courses. Thanks!

    • Thank you for the summary of your interesting experiment using the Micro-Course, Christina! Glad to know “different trumps same” worked 🙂 The complimentary book will be on its way = with apologies for the delay in getting it to you. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Your micro-courses are always so engaging Sharon and show us how to make our content much more impactful. I have been teaching our “accidental trainers” how to use the 4C’s process [citing you as the source of course :)] and it has made an unbelievable difference in the way that they are training. People are floored by the simplicity of the process. As someone commented above Gamechanger! My next mountain to tackle is how our trainers use PowerPoint and your Death by PowerPoint book and micro-courses are just the ticket! Great ideas, simple and easy to use, and really differentiate how important it is to not use the PowerPoint as a “crutch” for the trainer, but a “tool” for the learner. Looking forward to seeing what you do next!!!

    • Thanks SO much, Trish, for your detailed comments and kind kudos – MUCH appreciated! I will send you an email with the complimentary ebook – Enjoy and Happy New Year to you and yours! 🙂 Sharon

  • Just finished the “Death by Power Point” micro-learning course and I’m not only alive … I’m excited to use one of the tools that guarantees audience interaction. Take a look for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. I don’t want to spoil it for you but I will, I give this course two thumbs up!

  • I find the concepts of the 4Cs map really useful, especially now that I am attending a train the trainers course. I will definetly use the 4C map while planning my next trainigs. I watched “How to map your instructions in 4 simple steps”

    • A belated but heartfelt “thank you,” Raluca, for your kind comment 🙂 Glad you found the 4Cs Micro-Course useful. The complimentary ebook is on its way – Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • judith strawderman

    Sharon, I am enjoying the presentations. I am in a masters class for online teaching and he information is going to be useful.

    • Hi Judith: Please forgive the delay in my response to your comment – and I’m glad you’re finding the Micro-Courses information useful. The complimentary book is on its way – cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • I attended a workshop in Sweden about your approaches on facilitating for learning and it has been with me thru my years as an agile coach. So from your mini-courses above I picked one which by now should be no news to me: Moving trumps sitting. And however experienced I think I am, and however easy it might seem, this trumph is a brilliant basic that I need to revisit now and then.

    Before coming to this page I stumbled upon the form of 60-seconds-popups which I love and will try to use promptly, within a week at max. I will now look for how to order the book on short things to use.

    • Hi Tina: Please forgive the long delay in responding to your lovely comments about the Micro-Courses that you’ve viewed – your comments are much appreciated! 🙂 Glad you’ve found the little slide presentations helpful. I just sent you a detailed email with the complimentary ebook. Cheers to you and yours! 🙂 Sharon

  • 5 ways to engage the brain – I will definitely be using the “fact or fiction” strategy in my next presentation. You could have a note card with fact on one-side and fiction on the other and participates can flip to which ever side they choose. You could do with true or false and many other applications. I incorporated the “cross it out” strategy in my most current presentation. I loved the attention that my participants had while completing the task.

    • Your ideas are “spot-on,” Deidra, and I’ll be borrowing your ideas in my next presentation! My apologies for the long delay in responding to your detailed comments – the complimentary book is on its way, along with a personal email. Thanks again, for taking the time to let me know that the Micro-Courses have been helpful. Cheers to you and yours! 🙂 Sharon

  • I enjoyed different micro-courses. Read the book and i was immediately hooked on it.
    Thanks a lot.
    Jan Herreman ( Belgium)

  • I am teaching for more than 10 years already. I love teaching and always look for ideas for effective teaching and learning. I have just seen “When they do it, they got it!” and I realized this is the first time a see such a beautiful summary of simple practices that every teacher can and should apply, if she cares that her students get the content while enjoying the learning process. Invaluable!
    Thank you Sharon!
    I am going to rework my next class to include some of these practices.

    • A very belated but very heartfelt “thank you” for your kind comments, Teadora. Two emailed gifts have been sent your way. Cheers! Sharon

  • I will now review my slides after reading death by PowerPoint – thank you for the “Show and Tell” reminder.

    • Glad you liked the “show and tell” reminder, Clare – a very belated thank you for the comment. Two emailed gifts have been sent your way. Cheers! Sharon

  • Movement Trumps sitting offers some very useful tips on how to incorporate movement during a training session.

    • Glad you found the micro-course helpful, Emily – a very-belated thank you for your comment. Two emailed gifts have been sent your way. Cheers! Sharon

  • Preventing Death by PowerPoint – Loved the reminders about what not to do. When there is so much material to cover in a training course, it can be easy to fall back into bad habits. Thank you!

    • A very belated but very heartfelt “thank you” for your insightful comments, Nancy. Two emailed gifts have been sent your way. Cheers! Sharon

  • Sharon, your energy comes through vividly even in a slide share! I was thankful to learn this content from you in class, and delighted that you have provided these very creative and engaging microcourses for people from around the world to experience. #movementtrumpssitting

    • Hi Audrey: Your comment made my day – thanks SO much for posting it 😀 I’m glad we got the chance to meet each other F2F in Minneapolis – very cool! The complimentary ebook is on its way … Cheers to you and yours! 🙂 Sharon

  • I attended a workshop that Sharon was featured at years ago (a Community College State Conference) and it was spectacular. She was the keynote speaker and also provided break out sessions, which were all so full that the doors were left open and people listened in the hallways. I now have a different position within the collegiate system, but still present sessions, workshops and will soon be teaching a course. I loved the micro courses! They produced a renewed enthusiasm for the learning process and instruction that is EXCITING!! Thank you Sharon!!

    • Oh my, Kathryn, what a lovely “stroll down memory lane” – and the kudos: they made my day! ? Thanks SO much for your comments and glad that you’ve found the micro-courses useful. The complimentary ebook will be in your in-box soon. Cheers to you and to CVCC! ? Sharon

  • The “Engage The Brain” slides are super useful in a corporate environment where “boring” slides are the norm and a level of seriousness is expected. The 5 techniques are simple enough to incorporate without introducing a drastic change in presenting decks while engaging the attendees and helping them retain more information! Awesome tips. Thank you Sharon 🙂

    • And my thanks to you, Sweta, for your thoughtful and detailed comments – much appreciated! Glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful. The complimentary ebook is on its way 🙂 Sharon

  • Demetrice Nycole Weaver

    I absolutely love “How To Teach It So They Learn It”

  • I was preparing for staff development and found your site. Thank you for the great reminders about professional learning. I am re-thinking my process thanks to Teach Adults anything in 4 steps. Looking forward to viewing your other mini-courses.

    • I’m glad you are finding the micro-courses helpful, Michele – always nice to know! The complimentary book is on its way. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • I’ve been challenged to change or make something different about a yearly refresher training I will conduct. Traditionally the instruction piece of this refresher is “death by powerpoint”. I’ll avoid this pitfall by utilizing the Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching. I’ll use Movement, I’ll get the expert students in my class talking and telling stories and make the “lecture” shorter rather then longer to avoid this .ppt pitfall I’ll otherwise encounter during the classroom portion of my training. Thanks for sharing!
    Change Anything!

    • And my thanks to you, Steven, for your detailed and thorough summary of what you plan to do with what you learned from the micro-courses you viewed – always nice to know that the strategies are helpful 🙂 Let me know how your “refresher training” goes. The complimentary book will be in your in-box soon. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi, Sharon, so glad I found these micro-courses on your site! It was great to review the 6 trumps and I especially liked the tips on how run effective webinars. The consulting company I work for does webinars year round and we are always looking for ways to make them more engaging. I can’t wait to try some of your tips!

    • A belated “thank you” for your enthusiastic comments, Jason – much appreciated! Glad you’re finding the micro-courses helpful. Do check out my blog post from a couple of weeks ago titled: “Tips and Resources for Creating Interactive Webinars.” You’ll find more good info there, too. Cheers to you and best of luck with your webinars! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon, love the 4C map and the micro-course on Concrete Practice is especially helpful, full of great tips which get you thinking about creating new forms! I am struggling with designing really active practices, especially as most of our teams are distributed it’s challenging to get beyond the “fill in the blanks” and Q&A for practice when the interaction is via videoconferencing. Perhaps you have some specific tips for that? Thank you for raising the bar on training!

    • Thank you for your detailed comments and kudos, “nilitopi” (I don’t know your “real” name – sorry). Glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful. I will send an email with some resources for you to explore for video-conferencing and webinar-based instruction. Meanwhile, the complimentary ebook is on its way! Cheers 🙂

  • Hello Sharon. Thank you for the materials. Everything makes so much sense now! I reviewed all your micro-courses and I love them. So well explained and engaging content. My favorite was “Teaching Adults Anything”. I am looking forward to learn more from these great resources. Thanks!

    • I am so happy that you’ve found the micro-courses helpful, Montse. It’s heartening to know that they serve a practical and useful purpose for you and others. You inspire me to create more! Thank you and Happy New Year! ? Sharon

  • Very informative and easy to apply

  • I really enjoyed the Presenting Death by Powerpoint course. In my organization, powerpoint is a crucial communication tool and all too often we see the boring presentations without life. I will definitely take some of these ideas back to the group!

    • A belated “thank-you” for your kind comments, Amanda. Glad you found the PowerPoint presentation helpful. The complimentary ebook is on its way. Happy New Year! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon,

    The 4Cs and 6 Trumps have literally transformed my training and coaching practice overnight. Before TBR, I never really gave much thought to the neuroscience behind learning, engagement, and retention. But now that I’ve experienced it for myself, I’ve completely refactored my training classes and workshops with these techniques and concepts in mind. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and interacting with my learners, but these tools and concepts have really inspired and expanded my thinking in class design and delivery. I can’t tell you enough how much more fun and engaging my classes are now. THANK YOU!

    • Greetings and Happy New Year, Mark! And a big thanks, not only for your detailed and enthusiastic comments, but also for your patience in waiting for this reply. I’ll send a longer reply via email – and your complimentary book will be on its way to you, as well. Your comments were much appreciated! Happy 2018 to you and yours 🙂 Sharon

  • These were interesting. A great way for learners to improve theirs skills without relying on an instructor, (in the physical sense).

    • Thanks Rod – I agree that this is a great way for learners to improve their skills without having to rely on an instructor – in the physical sense 😉 Sharon

  • I was going to watch three but guess what? I wanted more great tips so I have now viewed five. I am very excited about the 5 tips to make webinars interactive. I will definitely make use of the chat box and stop and encourage a stretch on the webinar I am preparing to conduct at the end of August. Oh and you can bet I will use images and contrast in the PowerPoint. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Jennifer, for your detailed and enthusiastic comments 🙂 Glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful – please do let me know how your August webinar goes. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi – I have just viewed Interactive Webinars and it’s REALLY GOOD! Sorry about the capitals – they are meant to show surprise not shouting. I really thought that a few minutes of a course would result in nothing. However I’ve picked up so much from this teensy course, I feel more prepared to go and create a webinar now. Thank you.

    • Dear “Blogologist” – Your comment made my day 🙂 I’m SO GLAD (enthusiasm back!) that you found the micro-course helpful – that’s what they are for. Thanks for writing – the complimentary ebook will be on its way shortly. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Fantastic resources. Will definitely use your tips next time I create a powerpoint!

    • So glad you’ve found the resources helpful, Kerry. I did receive your comment and the complimentary ebook is on its way to you. Enjoy! 🙂 Sharon

  • These are such helpful resources! I have referred to your book, “The Ten Minute Trainer,” so many times, it’s dog-eared, marked-up and has post-its sprouting out in all directions. I just watched, “When They Do it, They’ve Got It,” and am taking bits and pieces of this away to use. I am so grateful for the information you share and the resources available on your website. Thanks so much for making me a better trainer.

    • Your comment made my day, Cheryl 🙂 I’m so happy that you’ve found the micro-courses and the books helpful – and nice to know about the dog-eared copy of TMT that you have – put a smile on my face! 🙂 Sharon

  • Thank you for providing these great resources! I got so many good ideas from “When they do it, they’ve got it!” I had the opportunity to meet and work with Marcia Jackson last week at an ATD certificate class.

    • I’m glad you’ve gotten helpful ideas from the micro-courses, Tangie. And Marcia is one of my best friends so I’m doubly-glad that you were able to meet and work with her at the ATD class – yay! 🙂

  • I was drawn to the webinar course because I find them to be challenging. There seems to be an inherent “digital wall” between the “teacher” and “learner.” Unable to rely on body language and eye contact, I find that I’m talking to the screen, not to people. Plus, I find many folks multitask during webinars. I’m constantly looking for good ideas to have highly engaging webinars. Thank you, Sharon!

    • Yes, webinars are a totally different “ballgame” as far as teaching/training goes. You are SO right Julie, in that the only two tools you have at your command are your voice and the computer screen (no body, no eye contact, no human energy to play off of). So you truly have to put all of your own personality into your voice and to make the screen (and virtual activities) as interesting as possible. Thanks for your insights! 🙂 Sharon

  • We are looking to expand our use of technology-based learning, using virtual classrooms, webinars, and more. The 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars has great suggestions for keeping participants engaged and learning. I’m looking forward to trying them out on our next event.

    • I’m glad you’ve found the micro-course on interactive webinars helpful, Nancy. Do let me know how your next webinar event goes … Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Attended the Training from the back of the room several months ago and it was great. Great to have a place to come back and get a micro-class to refresh the memory of what some of the things we covered were. I manage 6 designers and we are working on the mechanics of how to write performance objectives. The slide on the lower to higher order is a great tool to show new designers to try to help them understand the importance of design.
    Looking forward to reading pizzazz

    • Hi TJ: Glad you found the Bloom’s micro-course helpful. There is also information on learning objectives in the ones titled: “How to Design Great Training – Begin with the End in Mind” and “How to Teach It So They Learn It.” the complimentary book will be on its way shortly. Cheers! ? Sharon

  • I just watched the “Engage the Brain” micro-course – lots of great ideas in there for eLearning too! Thank you Sharon!

  • I looked at the 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars. It never occurred to me to build in body breaks! I am going to try that next time. Looking forward to the e-book for more great tips!

    • Yes, body breaks are SO simple and easy to build in to any class or training – thanks for your comment, Denise! The little ebook is on its way 🙂

  • I am preparing for my CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) and have gone through the “death by PowerPoint” and it has changed a lot of my thought process in terms of how to make learning interactive. Thanks Sharon!

    • Glad you’ve found the PowerPoint micro-course helpful, Vijay. And best of luck on your upcoming CST certification exam! Do let me know how it goes … Cheers! ? Sharon

  • So far I’ve taken two micro courses and, like appetizers, they make me hungry for more. I can’t wait to attend a full training session!

    • Hi Kelle: Thank you for the “appetizer” metaphor – really a good one for the micro-courses! And glad we connected via phone – hope you can attend one of the future TBR classes ?

  • Wow I just learned so much in a short space of time. Shows how effective the sessions are. I was recommended Sharon’s work by trainers who ran a course I attended last week. I can now recognise the techniques they used and why they were effective for that particular topic. I cannot wait to redesign our training course using what I learned. (I started with concrete practice, moved on to engage the brain, but will continue to watch and learn). Thank you

    • Your detailed comment and kind kudos made my day, Carolyn! 🙂 So glad you are finding the micro-courses helpful. Feel free to share them with others, and do check out the articles and other slide presentations and videos under “Free Stuff” on my website. Cheers! Sharon

  • Preventing Death by PowerPoint was a good demonstration of some simple concepts to make presentations more impactful. I’ll share the technique with my colleagues of not handing out the hardcopy beforehand. Providing a link afterwards not only helps keep the learner more engaged during the session but saves $$ and a few trees as well. 🙂

    • Hi Bruce: Thanks so much for your detailed response to the micro-course. Glad you got some useful concepts from it. Let’s hear it for saving trees! Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • “A picture can say 1,000 words” is a motto I believe in, especially now after viewing “Preventing Death by Power Point”. Often times when designing material, it is difficult to find pictures to use that fit into the context of what is being taught. This intro to your material was very well done and I am eager to learn more!

    • Hi Mandy: My apologies for the delay in responding to your kind comment – was traveling/training for awhile and now playing catch-up. I’m happy that you found the micro-course on PowerPoint useful. Yes, I totally agree: It’s challenging to find pictures that fit the concepts being taught. We all just have to persevere and remind ourselves about the power of images … Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • “Engage the Brain” is exactly what I needed to help with my ppt presentations. I often find that my students start to zone out during my lectures and presentations. This will definitely help make it more interactive. My students love random trivia so I plan to add that to my ppts. Thanks!

    • Hi Cindy: I’m glad you’ve found this micro-course helpful in working with your students – yes, it will definitely make any lecture more interactive! 🙂

  • thanks for the great powerpoint slide presentation on how to teach so they learn it. I will definitely be implementing some of your strategies. especially having them take more interactive notes and most importantly being active and doing something every 10 minutes. thanks Sharon!

  • Like the body breaks presented in “Movement Trumps Sitting”, will apply to myself and learn my students to practice. Still puzzled by the frequency. this requires a strict design of course! Lot of 10mn in a day 🙂

    • Yes, it DOES require a strict design of your course! And yes, there are LOTS of 10-minute segments in a day! And yes, it CAN be done! Please do look at the other micro-courses, as well as free articles, on my website to discover how to design/deliver any content in brain-based ways that use “The Ten-Minute Rule.” 🙂

  • “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Steps” = GAMECHANGER. I have been a classroom trainer for 10 years and I’ve typically designed my own content and struggled mightily with it. I knew pieces were missing, but could never understand where I was falling short. I have recently been tasked with developing a train the trainer for a bunch of engineers and have been immersing myself in your 4C’s concepts and I can’t believe how quickly content is coming together!! I usually procrastinate and drag my feet developing content because I don’t feel like I’m doing it effectively. But this framework is brilliant and gives me enough freedom to choose what suits me and my participants best, but gives me a solid framework so I can design effective learning. THANK YOU!!!

    • Oh my, Kathy, what a lovely DETAILED comment to read – made my day! 🙂 Thanks so much for the kudos and I’m glad that you’ve found the 4Cs design/delivery model helpful in your work. I agree: it’s a solid framework for designing effective learning. Again, thanks for sharing your story 🙂

  • Six trumps is a great start on thinking how to improve learning!

  • Preventing Death By PowerPoint was terrific and just what I needed. I use a company-provided side deck for a particular presentation and have been asking for quite some time to redesign the deck. I think your micro-course slide desk will be just the answer. I plan to share this in hope of being given the “go ahead” to do a redesign. Thanks so much.

    • Hi Jolene: Thanks for the kind comments. Do let me know how it goes with your company’s redesign go-ahead – I totally understand about the need to redesign “traditional” slide decks! Good luck! 🙂 Sharon

  • I found the Brain-Based Presenting Micro-course very informing. I picked up many useful tools such as Quick Writes and sit, stretch and think that will be incorporated into my class.

    • Hi Sarita: I’m glad you found the webinar helpful. Please do respond to the Pop Quiz Homework question (i.e. “How were the brain-based elements of novelty, contrast, meaning, and emotion used to get – and keep – YOUR attention during the webinar?”) Looking forward to your reply … Sharon

  • 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars – 5 great recommendations!! I hate the “glazed over” look during training. I love how to include the learner in documenting how they are going to use what they have learned. All 5 were great ideas I will use in my training.

    • Thanks for your comment, Chrissy. I’m glad you’ve found the micro-course on interactive webinars helpful. I too, hate the “glazed over” look from learners – fortunately, that seldom happens anymore! The complimentary ebook will be in your in-box soon 🙂 Sharon

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