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Learn from the master trainer. Stephanie Burns is to be commended for sharing the insights that have led her to being one of the most successful and effective trainers in Australia. This book is a must for trainers. Like her training, it is pragmatic, practical, coherent, grounded in research, reflects leading edge practice and is very, very effective.

Reg Polson
Principal - Polson HR and Training Brokers and Associate Editor - HRMonthly

At last a book that goes beyond the traditional professional trainer training programs and literature and gives all those involved in communication professions new insights into training and education. This book is unique because it not only focuses on the trainer's performance but on what is happening for the learner and how to use this information advantageously.

Julia Veleski
Account Manager - Deakin Australia

A landmark book in the professionalisation of the occupation of corporate trainer.

James Carolopio
Graduate School of Management
University of New South Wales





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Thinking differently about the way you
help people to learn

by Dr. Stephanie Burns

Training is an art that develops over time, as life-experiences and knowledge influence a trainer's perceptions and behaviours. There are no one-time quick methods to gaining mastery as a trainer - but there is a path of development that, if adhered to, can lead to mastery.

Artistry in Training is a book documenting the key concepts and skills taught to trainers, coaches, leaders and managers in the face to face Training To Train program conducted by Dr. Stephanie Burns. This book is excellent capture of the contents of that program and today is used by trainers in organisations throughout Australia and elsewhere. When TTT ceased to be offered to individuals as a course this book significantly helped fill the void.

Length: 257 pages plus references and an index, soft cover

First published in 1996
Reprinted in 1999, 2000

Now available as a downloadable pdf

Cost: $A24.95


Ever given a presentation to a room full of people and realised that you were failing dismally? Ever had one student in your class who you just couldn't reach? Ever thought of giving up teaching/presenting because it's no fun anymore and your audience is getting tougher to handle everyday? Ever wanted to be better at what you do and don't know who to turn to for the answers - well read on.

A new book entitled Artistry in Training by Stephanie Burns takes us to a higher level of understanding about the role and impact of the educator/trainer, in a concisely written, logically sequenced and easy to read format.

Before we start, perhaps some definitions are necessary. Throughout the book Burns uses the term trainer to describe "anyone seeking to change or modify human behaviour - affecting the skills or actions, the thoughts and emotions of other people" (she covers this well in a section within her introduction entitled "What's in a Name").

So, for the purpose of this review I will use the term trainer to identify anyone involved in the teaching world - coach, teacher, counsellor, leader, sales manager. Further, Burns refers to members of the audience as students. So again, I will use this term throughout this review. Finally, whilst Burns has spent much of her life focussing on adult education, her focus is on education and learning. The methodology detailed in Artistry in Training has equal application to a group of five year olds or fifty year olds, so I will not distinguish adult or child education in this review, I will simply use the term education.

Now, if you want just another "how to training book", stop right here, Artistry in Training is not for you. If, however, you are seeking to understand the experience of the learner, what is happening in the classroom and what you need to do to achieve 100% participation & results from your students, then Artistry in Training is an essential read.

Firstly, let's start with the author. American Stephanie Burns is a leading force in the field of education. She has spent her lengthy career exploring the "why's" of learning (both as student and educator), specialising in the area of adult education. Burn's client list (attained from another source) reads like a 'who's who' of world business. Try NASA, Coca Cola, ABC -TV and General Electric to name a few, and you have got to sit up and take note of what Burns is saying.

Now resident in Australia, Burns has placed much of her recent focus on sharing her knowledge with other trainers in the live seminar environment. One suspects from her acknowledgments at the start of this book, that Burns was cajoled into writing Artistry in Training by her publishers, Woodslane, and to them we owe a debt of gratitude. For Artistry in Training is truly ground breaking and streets ahead of other training materials on the market.

Burns had me by page 9 of Artistry in Training when, after sharing an amusing story about her first training attempt, she writes "that those with perseverance and a willingness to make all their experiences useful, will without doubt succeed". Anyone who has sought to train or educate another person in anything, must surely be inspired by this line.

So what makes Burns' approach to the world of education different? Simply, it is these three core concepts.

1. Know and understand the learner's experience - realise that students are not all the same.

2. Understand the range and flexibility of behaviours that you as a trainer possess

3. Develop coherent presentations/material that make sense Now don't be fooled here.

These concepts whilst making inordinate sense as one liners, are the result of years of research and study and are backed by a mass of theoretical data which Burns has painstakingly gathered from around the globe.

What I particularly like about Burns work is that she obviously understands why her work works (or fails as in her first training experience) and this is well communicated throughout the book. This is probably what makes Burns unique and allows her message to be labelled ground breaking.

There is no guess work here and as we read the book we can see that Burns has tested every concept and idea in real learning environments. Artistry in Training is a true blend of academic foundation and experience, which has been simply translated for the most experienced or novice trainer.

An easy 250 page read, Artistry in Training is extraordinary in its detail. Burns use of anecdotes keeps the reader grounded in the real world and builds a bridge of shared experiences, which most readers will immediately relate to.

The construction of the book (7 chapters) is solid, with each chapter containing an introduction, body and summary. Whilst I would not recommend it, this format allows the reader to read the book based on chapter interest, instead of from front to back. An FAQ chapter concludes the book, which is particularly useful for those hungry for immediate practical applications. Entitled "Going real-time" this section has quickly become my favourite.

Artistry in Training is an enthralling first time read and for anyone engaged in the education field, a constant companion that will age well with time. So if you are charged with the task of teaching anything to anyone, Artistry in Training must be your first point of call. It is practical, intelligently written and provides hope to anyone seeking to communicate a message.



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