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Bite Sized Learning


We're looking into running masterclasses/bite sized learning sessions due to issues around releasing staff for full training courses. Covering usual topics of Leadership, Management and the usual effectiveness topics. Can anyone recommend any suppliers who will be able to offer this type of training?
Allison Preece

12 Responses

  1. Some Tips

    I (like many self-employed trainers) can offer these courses, but please bear in mind that whilst bite-size learning is very flexible, it doesn’t usually offer financial savings, as trainers are still making themselves available for the full-day.

    Through networking, I have also come across a couple of other (larger) providers who could offer this, depending on where you are. Check out: (based in Keele), and (based in Milton keynes).

    Some tips to help you choose: be absolutely clear (and realistic) about what you want to be achieved in the time available; Ask to see the ‘module’ design in advance; put ‘like’ people on the modules to help them to transfer their learning; and keep numbers small if you want interaction

  2. Tmi and Icendris
    Tmi and Icendris both provide bite sized events, I can’t vouch for either but I have been told by one of my clients that Icendris suits their needs.

    Can I suggest that perhaps you could create your own portfolio of direct associates (I do bite sized and so does at least oneother respondent) that way you get quality of delivery as well as retaining control of quality of design as it will be made to measure!

    Good Luck


  3. Webinars
    Hi Allison!

    I agree with the previous responders, who say that cost-wise, it’s often not as cost-effective to provide “bite sized learning”, given the cost of time to prepare/travel/deliver.

    A client of one of my own associate trainers has recently has asked for short webinars covering various short topics/masterclasses.

    In some cases these are so-called “topic tasters”, given participants a preview of a full course, which enables them to decide if they wish to allocate whole days to that particular programme.

    In other cases, they are more akin to short self-contained modules, that provide just enough information to have value.

    If you have a platform through which to deliver webinars, and facilitators willing to be realistic in how they bill their time, this could be an option for you. Keep the class sizes small and ensure that lots of regular interaction is built in, using the various features of the webinar classroom, such as polling, text chat and interactive whiteboards.

  4. flexiblity in learning is needed
    Hi Allison
    We are seeing and talking to more and more of our customers who want and need the flexiblity to deliver bite size learning to their staff so you are not alone! one of the key driving factors – which you have highlighted is time pressure which everyone faces and is making people look at the ways they can deliver engaging and effective learning but be able to delviery it in away that fits into everyones working day and make it as speceific to that individual.

    We have a whole range of learning content that is broken down into memormable bite size learning chunks that you can deliver in many different situations -from the classroom, presentations, self study through to emails and online. If you want to find out more go to
    i can also send you a paper on 5 good reasons why learning needs to change if that helps.

  5. Try illumine training
    Have a look at illumine’s ” FIT” Sessions which are 90 minute bite-size learning experiences that allow attendees to gain a rapid and practical overview of topics such as speed reading, mind mapping, memory, communication etc.
    Hope this helps
    Best wishes

  6. Thanks
    just wanted to say thanks to those that commented, given me some good leads to take forward.

  7. 90 mins sessions and on-line resources
    Hi Alison

    We used Mind Gym for a variety of 90 minute sessions. These are expensive but the feedback was very good.
    We also subscribed to the Ashridge Virtual Learning Resource Centre so managers and leaders can access information on a wide variety of topics whenever and wherever they want.

    PHOENIX TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT LTD, based in the North East, are a new training consultancy set up by some very old hands in the game and they have a wealth of experience to draw on – give them a try, they are very very good.
    ask for Peter Hellens or Jan Pallas

  9. Develop political intelligence
    Hi Alison

    I can personally recommend Noetic Ltd (,specialists in personal power, politics and influencing. The single most useful half-day sessions in stakeholder management any leader can invest in, complete with political influencing style inventory reports.


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