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Accelerated Learning Articles & E-Book


We are pleased to share the accelerated learning techniques and tips that we use to design and facilitate training and workshops for companies all over the world.

The Training Oasis, Inc., a Toronto based consulting firm, specializes in experiential learning and accelerated learning to help rapidly changing companies generate measurable, bottom line results. The Training Oasis, Inc. helps managers and professionals hone their skills to ensure that their organizations thrive in our fiercely competitive and turbulent economy.

Since 1996 We offer a range of range of experiential learning, accelerated learning, and management development programmes.

The Training Oasis, a Toronto consulting firm, has served rapidly changing organizations from over 9 countries. Our clients have included Ingram Micro, Novo Nordisk Canada, Telus Mobility, Bell Mobility, IBM, Aviva Insurance, Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados), National Bank of Dominica, OCBC Bank (Malaysia), Permodalan Nasional Berhad (Malaysia), and Penang Port (Malaysia).

During 18 tours of Asia, we have delivered accelerated learning programmes to over 2000 executives, managers, and professionals in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.



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I don't think I've ever taken a course where I've seen such tangible results.

Morris Shawn, CEO, Roadpost

Anne has tremendous expertise as a team building specialist and presentation skills coach. I hired Anne to train our in-house trainers in the delivery of training programmes. It was an excellent investment. Not only did she connect with the group immediately, but she also had them fully engaged to the very end. I also personally benefited by sitting through a few of her sessions. I would certainly hire Anne again.

Phillip Brown, Director, Director, Human Resources & Administration at Caribbean Development Bank

Creativity and innovation are Anne's trademarks. Her writing, design, facilitation and accelerated training skills enable her to become involved in many initiatives including writing and designing presentations and speeches for members of the executive team.

Marc C. A. Berwald, Former Director, Education and Development, Bell Mobility

We hired The Training Oasis, Inc. to design a course on Instructional Design....Anne is a very knowledgeable and creative instructional designer. She knows how to address the participants' needs and make technical training more interesting. I have no hesitation in recommending Anne for any future project.

Dunia Wojtarowicz, CGU Group Canada Ltd. (Toronto)

Anne Thornley-Brown of The Training Oasis, Inc. assisted our Educational Services Department with a facelift to the orientation programme. Her contribution was creative, structured and theme oriented. We were very pleased with Anne's suggestions to refresh the programme. Her personality was light and energetic. The presentation material was organized and easy to understand.

Joane Weisbrod, Former Director, Education Services, William Osler Health Center







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Spicing up Your Training with Accelerated Learning (PDF)
Our Compilation of Accelerated Learning Articles (131 Pages)

Written by Anne Thornley-Brown, MBA President, The Training Oasis. Inc.

The State of Training & Conference Design

When The Training Oasis, Inc. was launched in 1996, the primary method of delivery in the training industry was boring lectures delivered using black and white overheads. We aimed to spice things up with colour and interactive learning methods tailored to fit participant learning styles.

Fast forward to today, over 2 decades later. There has been a dramatic transformation in presentaiton technology. Unfortunately, whether it's corporate training, public workshops, or general sessions and breakouts at conferences, the main approach to content delivery is still the "pour and bore" method. For the most part, participants are seated in rows and speakers lecture at them. Due to the influence of methods like Pecha Kucha, Ignite, and Tedx talks, speakers and topics are changed every 5 minutes to 18 minutes. While these formats have their place, participants are still in passive mode. The day is crammed with content, it is impossible to cover any given topic in depth, and there is no time for skill practice or debriefing.


Enter E-Learning

For well over a decade, to reduce the amount of time employees are away from work in training, many companies have scrapped face-to-face classroom training and put most of their eggs in the e-learning basket. Often, IT firms and professionals, who do not have expertise in instructional design and adult learning, are "prime" in the e-learning development process. They produce tedious text-heavy page turners that miss the mark in terms of producing desired learning outcomes.


Help is Here!

Spicing up Your Training with Accelerated Learning: Generating Bottom Line Results Through Accelerated Learning, our new 132 page e-book by our President, Anne Thornley-Brown, gives trainers, facilitators, and meeting planners the tools to design training and conference sessions that are upbeat, fun, and truly interactive. Best of all, the bottom line focus will ensure the long term survival of training and development and meeting planning despite the booms and busts of the economy.


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Background: Spice of the Month Accelerated Learning E-zine was published by The Training Oasis, Inc. from 1997 - 2003. It offered training and development articles with dozens upon dozens of energizers, session starters, games, tips and tricks for trainers, meeting planners, facilitators, keynote speakers, event planners, and OD practitioners.

We suspended publication in 2003 and our President went on to share tips, strategies, and post on popular blogs like Plan Your Meetings by MPI, Event Manager Blog, Cvent Blog, EventMobi Blog, Elite Meetings, and many more.

We are now pleased to update the collection and bring 19 of our "spices" PLUS brand new content to you in our new e-book.


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We're updating the collection and adding new content. You'll pick up:

  • 6 strategies to convey the value of accelerated learning to senior management
  • the 3 essential ingredients for accelerated learning
  • the most important thing that you can do to increase the return on your training investment
  • over 20 specific examples from the school of hard knocks to demonstrate how accelerated learning can be used in the training room and "on the job".
  • the 2 most important tools that you can use to identify learner preferences
  • Full instructions for 6 sure-fire session starters and icebreakers that you can use right away to "spice up" your training
  • 4 ways to ensure that your training assistant does not sabotage your efforts
  • how to design and use learning smorgasbords to give participants a range of options and cater to diverse learning styles
  • energizers to keep participants awake including 3 energizers that you can use with even the most conservative audiences
  • complete instructions and tools for 20 brainstorming exercises
  • 6 examples from the real world that demonstrate how accelerated learning can make a difference outside the training room.
  • energizers to keep participants engaged even before lunch and through the mid afternoon slump.
  • .....and lots more


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Includes the updated version of 19 articles from our Spice of the Month Accelerated Learning Ezine as well as new content to address today's challenges:

  • The Business Case for Accelerated Learning
  • The Bottom Line Impact of Training
  • The Pudding: Proving Accelerated Learning Makes a Difference
  • The Main Course: Demonstrating Your Value to Senior Management
  • Overcoming Resistance and Winning Support for Accelerated Learning in YOUR World
  • Theoretical Tidbits: Accelerated Learning Theory
  • Season to Taste: Catering to Diverse Learning Styles
  • All About Ambiance: Creating the Right Climate for Accelerated Learning
  • Sizzling Session Starters
  • Conservative Corner: Accelerated Learning for Analytical Learners
  • Tough Crowds: Overcoming Resistance in the Training Room
  • Technical Tidbits: Taking the Tedium out of Technical Training
  • The Energizers: A Sure-fire Recipe for Keeping Participants
  • Our Dinner Theatre: Acting Exercises for Training UPDATED
  • Popcorn and Pictures: Enhancing Learning with Movie Magic
  • Brain Food: Food for Thought - Brainstorming
  • A Cup of Coffee....A Sip of Tea
  • Rave Reviews: Recapping Without Regurgitating
  • Calculating Training R.O.I NEW CONTENT
  • Our Festive Feast
    Updated & Brand New Content & Format


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Spice of the Month: Accelerated Learning Ezine (Archives)

A superb dining experience is the perfect metaphor for great training. Both bring solid content in easily digestable portions with just the right amount of "spice". That was the thinking behind Spice of the Month: Accelerated Learning Ezine.

Our approach has always been light on theory and heavy on practical,"real world" application. This approach will never change as we have never had a CEO ask us about theory.

If you're interested in learning more about accelerated learning theory, be sure to check out our Theoretical Tidbits issue in our archives. However, if you are looking for a heavy dose of theory, Spice of the Month is probably not the best option for you.



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Enjoy with our compliments these archived articles with tips and strategies that you can use immediately.

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