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What is the best book you have read on training?


I give workshops on leadership and innovation and I am always looking to improve. What books or papers have you found the most useful in developing your training skills and techniques? What would you recommend to someone who wanted to develop their professional training skills?
Paul Sloane

6 Responses

  1. some recommended books
    The 2 books that have recently developed my training skills are:

    Accelerated learning handbook by Dave Meier focuses on helping people learn rather than the use of gimmicks which sometimes pass for accelerated learning.

    Magic of Metaphor by Nick Owen excellent collection of stories to inspire your trainees.

  2. Action Learning
    The Action Learning Handbook: Powerful Techniques for Education, Professional Development and Training

    by Ian McGill, Anne Brockbank

    This book truly opens up a powerful technique for those new to action learning, whether working in organisations, business or education. The burgeoning use of learning sets has generated many innovative uses for, and developments in action learning, which are detailed and explored in this practical, accessible book written for educators, trainers and developers.

    Part 1: Starting Action Learning 1
    Introducing Action Learning 2
    Types of Action Learning 3
    Introductory Workshops 4
    Starting a Set: The First and Second Meetings

    Part 2: Understanding Action Learning 5
    Dialogue and Collaborative Learning 6
    Action Learning as a Reflective Process 7
    The Social Context of Action Learning

    Part 3: Facilitating Action Learning 8
    Group Dynamics in Action Learning 9
    Being a Presenter 10
    Being a Set Member 11
    Being a Facilitator 12
    Development and Accreditation of Facilitators of Action Learning

    Part 4: Evaluating Action Learning 13
    The Process Review 14
    Evaluating Action Learning 15

    This title is a manual for those new to the techniques of action learning (learning by doing), whether working in organizations, business or education.

  3. Best Book on Training
    Training with NLP: Skills for Trainers, Managers and Communicators
    Joseph O’Connor, John Seymour

    Absolutely Brilliant but now out of print. I managed to get one on ebay!

    It focuses less on training and more about the subtleties and how you can train for more retention using subconscious methods.

  4. Great Books
    Hi Paul, my favourites are Accelerated Learning for 21st Century by Colin Rose and Malcolm Nicholl, Tools for Engagement by Eric Jensen and 51 Tools for Transforming Training by Kimberley Hare and Larry Reynolds. We’ve a huge reading list of our favourite books on our website at under ‘free stuff’. Feel free to browse away.

  5. More Favs…
    Fully endorse the Colin Rose AL book and also John Seymours/Jo O’Conner (incidentally it isn’t out of print…drop me a line & I’ll forward your details to John). Try also:

    • Training Plus by Brian Clegg
    • Super Teaching by Eric Jensen
    • The Learning Brain by Eric Jensen
    • Facilitation by Trevor Bentley
    • TA For Trainers by Julie Hay
    • NLP For Trainers by Ted Garratt

    They are not necessarily the ‘best in class’ (e.g. John Herons book on ‘Facilitation’ is probably the ‘bible), but I found them an easy read and more importantly, easy to apply the knowledge they contain!

    Good luck!



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