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Sheet Music for the Learning Event Concerto: Best Practices in Facilitator Guides

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tamarac Community Center, Coconut-Palm Room: 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351


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Sheet Music for the Learning Event Concerto - Best Practices in Facilitator Guides -


A concerto is a musical presentation that is usually made up of three parts, called movements; often it features a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra. The concerto’s effective orchestration results in a blend of contrasting and complementing musical pieces intended to stir emotions and to creatively satisfy the audience.

There are many similarities between a well-orchestrated concerto and a well-orchestrated learning event; one of them is the Sheet Music. All well run orchestrations, regardless of the event type, require sheet music.

Sheet music is the glue binding the concerto’s composer to the maestro who leads it, the orchestra who plays it, the soloists who demonstrate it and to everyone who becomes emotionally connected to the performance. Without an effective implementation of the concerto’s sheet music, the vision, artistry and expected outcomes of the writer’s design are lost.

In Learning Events the sheet music is often referred to as a Facilitator Guidebook, sometimes simply as Lesson Plans or Speaker’s Notes. However, the further we get away from calling it a Guidebook, usually means that the content is watered down and the maestro and other involved orchestra members are left on their own to interpret what concerto is going to be delivered that day.

This session provides recommendations for the organization, structure, layout, and of course the appropriate level of detail for Learning Guidebooks for use by Instructors, Self-directed Learners, and Facilitating Managers.

About the Presenter:  Richard V. Michaels
Richard is an expert at applying critical thinking to address large-scale business challenges.  He is the Chief Product Architect at Great Circle Learning.

Over his more than 30 year career Richard has been responsible for the development and delivery of hundreds of training & development initiatives for major organizations including: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Guardian Life Insurance, IBM, Novartis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schering-Plough, Sanofi-Aventis, the FDA, the U.S. Army Training Command, the U.S. Army Logistics College, the Singapore Institute of Management, and the American Management Association.

In addition to his skills in instructional design, writing and education, Richard is also an expert software developer.

Richard has degrees in both Computer Science and Education. He also holds two professional certifications from the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals, a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License from the USCG, and is a Microsoft Office for the Mac MVP.

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