Training from the BACK of the Room!

  Watch “Training from the BACK of the Room” in Action!

The video above was created by Xebia (“Creating Digital Winners”) for TBR classes facilitated by Certified Trainer Thorsten Oliver Kalnin in the Netherlands, 2017.

For registration links to upcoming public TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Classes, in-person TBR Practitioner Classes, and the Trainer Certification Course (TCC) 2021 dates, click on the red button below (check for updates as classes are added weekly/monthly). For descriptions of all three classes, scroll down.


The video above was created by TBR Certified Trainer Anil Jaising
Concepts and Beyond, Inc.


The video above was created by TBR-VE Certified Trainer Matt Khodadad, December 2020

“Training from the BACK of the Room”
Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class

In this practical and interactive virtual class, you’ll explore current “brain science” as it relates to human learning in virtual environments. You’ll discover 6 specific brain-science principles and a 4-step instructional design model that you can use in your own virtual teaching and training. And you’ll leave with dozens of new ideas, activities, resources, and a new “Gold Standard” for virtual instruction and learning.

The class consists of five 2.5 hour live-streaming modules (a total of 12.5 hours of class time spaced over 2 1/2 – 3 weeks) and about 6 hours of asynchronous “homework.” Upon completion of the class and the assignments, you will receive a TBR-VE Class “Certificate of Completion” and will be invited to the TBR-VE Class Group membership on Slack. 

After your active participation in the TBR-VE Class, you will be able to: apply 6 brain-science principles to any virtual/remote training you facilitate; use the 4Cs Map to design/deliver brain-based, virtual instruction; create virtual training sessions that combine your own topic and materials with the brain-based concepts and strategies from the class; choose from dozens of virtual brain-based learning activities; and become an active member of the TBR-VE Class Group on Slack. 

For a comparison of virtual and in-person TBR classes, click HERE.

To attend the TBR-VE Class, you will need:

* The book “Training from the BACK of the Room” in either digital or paperback format. The book is available for purchase on

* A computer (desktop or laptop; the class is NOT designed for digital tablet or cell phone).

* Live-streaming camera capability and an adequate sound system.

* A printed copy of the TBR-VE Participant Workbook that you will receive digitally upon registration. 

* Miscellaneous analog materials: sticky notes, sharpies/markers, blank paper, pen/pencil.

To become certified to present the TBR-VE Class, you must: 

1. Attend an in-person 2-day TBR Practitioner Class and receive a “TBR Practitioner Certificate of Completion.”  (see below for class description) 

2. Attend an in-person 1-day Trainer Certification Course (TCC), complete all the required assignments, successfully pass the in-person “exam,” and receive a “TCC Certification/Licensing Certificate.” (see below for class description)

3. Successfully complete the 8-step TBR-Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) Class “Certification/Licensing” requirements and receive a “TBR-VE Certification/Licensing Certificate.” 


Official 2-Day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class

The official in-person 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class is a globally-acclaimed, interactive, skills-building train-the-trainer class for anyone who is a trainer, teacher, instructor, coach, or facilitator of learning. 

In this in-person 2-day TBR Practitioner Class, you’ll explore how the human brain really learns, which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. And you’ll be introduced to “cognitive neuroscience” concepts – the brain science behind all effective instructional design and human learning.

TBRWkbkCoverFinalA4 1During the class, you’ll explore six powerful learning principles based on the best of brain science. You’ll be able to apply these principles every time you train, teach, instruct, or coach others. You’ll also experience and collect dozens of interactive instructional strategies that you can use with any topic and any group of learners. You’ll use the 4Cs Map – a powerful 4-step instructional design and delivery model – to create a training plan specific to a topic you already teach. In addition, you’ll receive a 55-page resource workbook that is only available with this program, as well as copies of Sharon Bowman’s best-selling books: ”Training from the BACK of the Room!” and “Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick.”

Click on the following blog post for more information about TBR: “What You’ll Learn from Attending a ‘Training from the BACK of the Room’ Class.”

For a visual “taste” of what a TBR Practitioner Class looks like, be sure to view the videos at the top of the WHAT’S NEW? page on this website. 

For pricing options and other inquiries, contact Sharon at, or call Bowperson Publishing & Training at 775-749-5247.

Sketchnote created by Stuart Young, Business Visualizer,
TBR Practitioner Class, Maryland, 2017
TBR Certified Trainer Kim Brainard


The Trainer Certification Course (TCC):
How to Present the Official 2-Day TBR Practitioner Class


This 1-day Trainer Certification Course (TCC) is designed to give you the professional training skills you need to present the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class either publicly or privately. Attending the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class is a prerequisite for attending the TCC day. (You must email a photo of your “TBR Practitioner Class Certificate of Completion” to the TCC Certifier in order to qualify for participation in the TCC program.)

Along with individualized instruction, guided practice, instructor and peer coaching and feedback during the TCC day, you’ll receive a scripted, 200-page TBR Facilitator’s Guide, complete TBR slide sets, and all other digital materials you need to present the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class. You’ll also receive a Licensing Letter of Agreement (LOA) outlining your responsibilities as a TBR Certified Trainer. Upon completion of all requirements, and passing the TCC “exam,” you’ll become a TBR Certified Trainer and a member of a global master training group of TBR Certified Trainers who will help you polish your TBR Practitioner Class presentation skills.

As part of the TCC exam, you’ll be presenting a 10-minute analog demonstration lesson for peer review and feedback (no slides or other digital devices can be used). 

You’ll prepare this lesson during the morning of the TCC day so no pre-class preparation is necessary. Specific lesson instructions will be sent to you after you register for the TCC. You will also receive a list of reading and writing assignments to complete, as well. 

This exciting and challenging 1-day Trainer Certification Course is being offered only a few times a year in the United States and Europe and registration in each class is limited to 12 participants. Register early as this class fills up quickly. Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be licensed to present the official 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” Practitioner Class.

Be sure to check out the CERTIFIED TRAINERS page where you can find information about the most active of the global group of 350 TBR Certified Trainers who present the official 2-day TBR Practitioner Class either publicly or privately around the world.

For training inquiries, contact Sharon at

A Short Introduction to “Training from the BACK of the Room!”

The video above was created by Certified Trainers Dana Pylayeva and Anil Jaising; New York USA, December 2018

What Participants are Saying about the TBR Practitioner Class:

“Two days packed with fun, images, activities, and learning. A must for every trainer and teacher. It will change how you approach your classes and training. I would love to offer this training in my country.” Ralph Miarka, Agile Coach, Vienna, Austria

“I have a whole new perspective on training now – I’m excited, not nervous!!! I’ve been mapping out my trainings and putting in activites and “chunking” my info… it’s wonderful. I can’t thank Sharon enough for making this available to us. I thought I loved my job before, but this is a whole new level!” Jillian M. Miller, Western Region Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

“Entertaining, educational, exceptional! I’ve learned about theory before; I’ve learned about technique before; but I haven’t been shown how to link them before…now I know how.” Jessica Moehr, Senior Training Specialist, WPS Health Insurance Group,WI

“Fun, energetic, very educational – excellent facilitator with a wealth of knowledge about adult learning.” Carmen Grandison-Johnson,Training Consultant, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, NH

“Very dynamic! Great ideas to bring our training alive.” Michelle Thompson, Executive Director, San Diego Regional Training Center, CA

“Sharon’s training techniques are unique, effective, and a must-have for any trainer’s toolbox.” Becky Joyce, Sales Trainer, Hallmark Cards, Inc., KS

“High-energy style of delivery that keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat…a valuable investment of my time.” Susan Reynolds, Manager,Training and Development, CUNA Mutual Group, WI

“A fun, interactive, and effective way to learn how to teach in a fun, interactive, and effective way.” Paul Figueroa, Captain of Police, Oakland Police Department, CA

“This was, indeed, the most interactive, high-energy, and fast-paced workshop where hands-on learning is done and, most importantly, remembered.” Joy Holladay, High School Teacher, Clark County School District, NV