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Ignite Online Events and Virtual Training with the Use of Well-Designed and Facilitated Activities

Creating outstanding virtual meetings, webinars, and training programs has always been challenging for novice and experienced instructional designers and facilitators alike. Virtual learning experts Kassy LaBorie and Tom Stone understand that the need to interact and engage is more important than ever, as online collaboration becomes the norm rather than the exception.

In this new, updated edition of Interact and Engage!, the authors offer more than 75 activities as well as tips and strategies to help you create effective online learning and masterful meetings and webinars. Activities range from warmups and icebreakers to closers and celebrations, and everything in between. LaBorie and Stone cover advanced features and techniques and guide you on how to convert or create your own online activities, no matter what technology you are using now or in the future. An appendix presents two capability models for the positions of virtual facilitator and producer.

Book Details
ISBN: 9781953946409
Pages: 302
Publication Date:
Formats: Paperback, PDF
Product Code: 112209
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Praise for This Book
Executive Leadership Fellow, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; Former CLO, General Mills
“We are all being asked to up our game in today's virtual learning space and the new edition of Interact and Engage! arrives just at the right time. Drawing from their extensive experience in the field of professional development, Kassy and Tom give us an insightful, pragmatic, and proven resource to help meet the challenge. This book is now my go-to reference when designing or refreshing virtual learning events, and I encourage others to pick up a copy and keep it close at hand.”
Principal, the 11th Hour Group
“We aren’t using virtual meetings and virtual training to make the best of a bad situation anymore. This is the way we work and we’re not going back. Interact and Engage! is filled with practical tools and ideas trainers and meeting managers can use right now to create great virtual experiences.”
Author, Speaker, Thought Leader, 2018 ATD Lifetime Achievement Award
“A book like this can only come from years and years of experience. Interact and Engage! is an amazing compendium of training activities that readers can copy, tweak, and put into practice. I circled so many ideas that I will proudly use in my next virtual presentation. My hat is off to Kassy and Tom! Bravo!”
CEO, ROI Institute
“If you want virtual delivery to deliver results, begin by designing your events with the tools and activities in this book. Kassy and Tom have once again given us a gift of clear, specific instructions on how to engage audiences in an environment where disengagement is so easy.”
Vice President, Rich Talent Center, Rich Products Corporation
“A month before the global pandemic changed our world and the learning profession forever, Kassy LaBorie brought the ideas of Interact and Engage! directly to our learning team. Our new skills helped us pivot from nearly a 100 percent in-person, instructor-led format to 100 percent virtual classroom learning in less than three months. The expertise Kassy and Tom shared equipped our team to have a rapid, positive, and long-lasting impact on our learners and our company.”
PhD, Senior Research Associate and Emeritus Professor, University of Southern California
“When you need a great idea to liven up a virtual meeting or training session (and who doesn't need that constantly today), this is the book for you! Kassy LaBorie and Tom Stone have created a masterful cornucopia of great exercises.”
Chair, Masie Learning Foundation
“Facilitation is the skill and art of making engagement happen. Virtual meetings, sessions, and learning activities soar when we design and leverage facilitation to maximize the experience of participants. This new edition of Interact and Engage! presents a powerful set of activities that will supercharge the energy and impact of virtual gatherings. A must read!”
CEO and Chief Learning Evangelist, APPLY Synergies
“The biggest mistake virtual instructors make is assuming that the engagement skills they use in the classroom transfer to online. Interact and Engage! provides an amazing reference of easy-to-use and well-tested methods to master the hardest skill in teaching: engagement! It’s a must for every virtual instructor.”
CEO, The Learning Guild
“Interact and Engage! is the rare book that is always within an arm's reach of my desk. I reference it often for ideas and inspiration for how to keep the online events I host feeling fresh, and to ensure the attendees of those events are getting the best learning experience possible.”
CEO and Founder, XLO Global; Former CLO, McDonald's
“I love what this second edition brings! Just when Zoom fatigue is gripping us all, this second edition brings fresh new ideas for us to make our virtual sessions more engaging, more effective, and, most importantly, more relevant for the audiences we are all trying to connect with through our screens.”
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and VP, Talent Development, Intuit
“Interact and Engage! has a permanent spot on my desk. It’s my go-to resource when I am looking for ways to get the most out of a virtual meeting through activities that are easy to execute and create an inclusive environment for collaboration.”
2022 ISA Thought Leader; Author, ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development; Principal Author, TDBoK
“Captivate your online participants from start to finish. Interact and Engage! offers stimulating starters and clever closers with amazing activities in between to meet your every need.”
Global Chief Learning Officer, EY
“This second edition of Interact and Engage! is the ultimate guide to designing and delivering virtual sessions. Updated for the post-pandemic world, it covers the latest technologies and scenarios—a must read and must apply for anyone who designs and facilitates virtual meetings and training.”
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