The Training Oasis Inc. - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Accelerated Learning and Experiential Learning FAQs

For over 20 years, we have helped organizations in 9 countries boost the effectiveness of their training and development programes through experiential learning and accelerated learning.


  • We are a Toronto (Canada) based training and development firm, specializing in accelerated learning, experiential learning, and instrutional design.
  • ALL inquiries are handled from Toronto.
  • Our faciitators travel from Toronto to serve our clients, all over the world.


Anne provided an interactive session with valuable insights and do's and don'ts for conducting competency based interviews.

Khaireny Mohamed Khalid Senior Executive, Maybank (Malaysia)

I found the train the trainer workshop very helpful in eliminating some of the weaknesses in my presentations. It gave me more confidence and I will definitely use these techniques in my money laundering training.

Marika Walsh, Regulatory Compliance Office, National Bank of Dominica

Anne is a highly energetic trainer who's able to foster professionalism among trainees with insistence to achieve extra ordinary results in a short time.

Marwan ABOUELELA, Sales Manager, GSK (Saudi Arabia)

As a new manager, I attended a presentation workshop lead by Anne. She was professional, energetic and enthusiastic. She was able to bring out the best in everyone including me who was quiet and reserved. Anne was able to coach me to jump in and get over my fears in front of a group. Everyone in the workshop benefited.

Marc Shickluna, Operations Manager, Bell Mobility (Toronto)

Anne organized a cooking event, meeting, and dinner a few years ago. She totally nailed the venue choices, presented interesting options, and was instrumental in helping making the event a success. Anne brings unique event ideas and a professional approach to event planning.

Maurice Benatar, Vice President Business Development and Marketing, Mayhew




What are the most common problems that rapidly changing organizations face?

When the pace of change accelerates, organizations tend to become too reactive. Everyone is so busy "putting out fires" that they fail to develop a proactive approach to managing the business. If this continues, the pressure eventually saps team vitality and burns out employees. Some companies grow so rapidly that a toxic corporate culture develops. Silos become entrenched and turf wars become intense. Employees are expected to "learn on the fly" and the training and support they need to succeed in their roles is reduced. No one has time for it. Over time, commitment to the organization is eroded.



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What services do you offer for rapidly changing organizations?

We offer a range of services to help organizations equip every member of their team with the skills to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Our services include facilitation of accelerated learning programmes geared for accelerated change, experiential learning, instructional design, and personal training for managers and professionals.

We have earned a reputation for designing and delivering powerful interactive training that includes simultations to rekindle team spirit. For more information, please click on the "Services" links on any of our pages.

Our sister company Executive Oasis International specializes in team building, executive retreats, and executive coaching to help executive and management teams from rapildy changing organizations improve their effectiveness. Services also include executive consulting, meeting facilitation, and keynotes for conferences and sales rallies.


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What accelerated learning programmes do you offer?

We offer a complete menu of Accelerated Learning Programmes as well as Train the Trainer programmes for new trainers, experienced trainers, subject matter experts, and suppliers who train clients to use their products and services. We customize all of our programmes to fit your corporate culture. We offer flexible delivery options. We can either facilitate sessions directly or train and license your internal trainers to deliver them.


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Does The Training Oasis still offer team building?

Not anymore. Team building and executive retreats became such a big part of our business that, in 2003, we spun off those servies as well as interactive keynotes to a new brand - Executive Oasis International.



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What are some important things to know about booking the services or programmes of The Training Oasis?

First of all, our goal is provide high quality service to help your business thrive even during turbulent times. We aren't the lowest cost service provider. Neither are we the most expensive.

When you contact us, we pledge to respond to you in a timely manner and offer you a fair quote that reflects the value that our services will bring to your organization. We would appreciate if if you could also make your decision about whether or not to use our services in a timely manner. The courtesy of letting us know your decision is appreciated, even if it is not in our favour.

Secondly, we will spend about 10 to 15 minutes with you on the phone to help you pinpoint your needs so that we can offer you the best approach to achieve the results you desire. It is very important for us to speak with the sponsoring executive as only he or she can articulate their vision clearly and precisely.

After we have spoken with you on the phone and asked a number of questions to determine your requirements, we will provide you with a proposed approach and estimate via e-mail at no charge. This quote will include an estimate of what the service will cost and a link to the page on our web site that contains a description of the services or programmes in which you have expressed an interest.

If you require a detailed, customized outline of how the programme would unfold for your organization before making a decision, there is a consultation fee. If you decide to move forward and use our facilitation or instructional design services, we will apply any amount paid for consultations and location scouting as a credit on your final invoice.

We would be pleased to provide an initial consultation for $750 with specific recommendations based on your needs and a customized detailed agenda. (If you require a face-to-face consultation, our fee is $1000 plus travel expenses.)

Many of our clients already have a made a decision about the location of their event by the time they contact us. If you require assistance with location scouting and venue selection, we will determine your requirements, scope out the market and present you with 3 venues that are available for your preferred dates. The fee for location scouting is $500.

If all you require is a consultation to help you plan your session and location scouting, the fee is $1000.

Thirdly, The Training Oasis, Inc. is a for profit corporation owned and operated since 1996 by Anne Thornley-Brown. While we do provide a lot of valuable information and resources on our web site, we are not a free portal for trainers. We will deal with you fairly and in a timely manner and we expect the same courtesy from our clients and prospective clients. Please contact us when you have identified a budget and you are ready to move forward. Just as you can expect a timely response from us, we expect timely decisions from you about whether or not you intend to move forward and use our services. Under normal circumstances, for internal training or instructional design projects, we would expect a decision within 2 weeks of the time that we submit our quote to you. We realize that for major external conferences and events this may not be possible.


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What can we expect to pay for your services and programmes?

Our facilitators are experienced professionals who have over 20 years of experince in a variey of industries. Unlike some large firms, we don't charge you top dollar and, then, send you novice faclitators. Accordingly, while our rates are not the least expensive, you will get value for each and every dollar you invets in our servics.

Training Strategy Consulting:

  • Inistial Consultation: $1000 (2 1/2 Hours)
  • Per Hour: $400
  • 1/2 Day: $1600
  • 1 Day: $3200
  • Long Term: $1200 - $1500 per day


Facilitation Rates:

For up to 25 Partcipants:

  • 1/2 Day: $2500
  • 1 Day: $4500
  • 2 Days: $7500
  • 3 Days: $9000


This does not include handouts, binders, travel, transfers, accomodation, meals, venue rental, or AV.

Instructional Design:

  • Training Tune-up: From $3000
  • Short Term: $350 per hour
  • Short Term: $3000 per day
  • Long Term: $1500 per day
  • Multiple Projects: $1500 per day


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What are your payment terms and conditions?

You can view our full payment terms and conditions here including:

  • Regular RFP & Payment Terms
  • Terms for Travel and Travel Expenses
  • Terms for Last Minute Bookings
  • Payment Terms for Low Budgets

Why an Oasis?

When people think of a desert, they typically picture flat terrain, stretching for miles. Deserts are actually rugged environments with towering dunes, sand storms, and extreme temperatures.

In the desert, one can travel for miles upon miles without seeing any sign of growth. Jeeps race up and down desert sand dunes in roller coaster fashion. If they don't, it's easy to get stuck and end up spinning your wheels.

This is a perfect description of the business environment during the past few years. Wide fluctuations in corporate and stock market performance, the increasingly tough environment in which to do business, and the sweeping effect of 9/11, H1NI, stock market fluctations, terroist attacks. political upheavals, and other cataclysmic events have their parallel in desert storms. They all have an impact on business. It's a ripple effect.

As a result, the pace of change has accelerated. In the same way that jeeps race up and down desert sand dunes to avoid getting stuck, organizations have to move at break neck speed to stay ahead of the curve.

In a grueling environment, dry and boring training sessions that rely heavily on the lecture method, do little to revitalize employees. An oasis is the perfect metaphor that represents the energy, solid content and colour that we bring to each and every learning experience. It also represents the type of corporate culture that organizations need to create to get the best our of their employees during these turbulent times.

From time immemorial, weary travelers have wandered through the desert in search of the next oasis to refuel, rechart their course and find the strength to continue their journey.

Let us bring our oasis to you!

We create an experience which, like an oasis, rejuvinates employees and equips them with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly turbulent environment.


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Where can I go on your site to find games on your site?

The archives for our Spice of the Month Accelerated Learning E-zine are crammed with games, exercises, energizers, and tips for creating effective training.


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Where do I go to find free articles on your site?

Most of our articles were archived and they are available on a "pay to view" basis. We do have a limited number of free sample "spices":


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How can I link to the The Training Oasis, Inc. site?


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