5 Gifts for that Trainer in Your Life

In the United States, the holiday shopping season kicks off with “Black Friday” at the end of this week. If you’re looking for gift ideas for that special trainer in your life, here are five suggestions at various price points:

  1. Table Toys

Putting a koosh ball or a stress ball or some other type of toy on the tables helps break the ice as learners enter the room, sets a more playful tone for the day and gives kinesthetic learners something to do with their hands as they process the information you share with them. Click here to browse a selection of table toys available through The Trainers Warehouse.

  1. Mr. Sketch Markers

Want a set of flipchart markers that last a long time, have a broad enough tip for everyone in the room to see what you’ve written, that don’t bleed through the paper and that have fun (and non-toxic) odors? Mr. Sketch is your marker. I appreciate these markers so much that I’ve written a poem about them! Order a 12 pack for $5!

  1. How To Be A Presentation God: Build, Design & Deliver Presentations that Dominate

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a novice trainer or an experienced presenter, Scott Schwertly has a book that offers value to facilitators at every level of skill and experience. Click here to take a look at a more in-depth write-up on Amazon.com.

  1. Snagit

If you want clean, clear screen captures for elearning, PowerPoint presentations or technical manuals, Snaggit is a $50 piece of software that will offer a much more crisp image that simply hitting “Print Screen” or using the snipping tool that’s pre-loaded on many Windows-baded operating systems. Click here to learn more about Snagit.

  1. Articulate Storyline

If your pockets are a little deeper and you’re looking for a gift for a serious learning and development professional, you might want to look in to giving the gift of elearning.  I’ve used other rapid authoring tools to develop elearning modules, but Articulate Storyline is by far the most intuitive, easy-to-use tool I’ve found. And perhaps the best thing about Articulate Storyline is the Articulate online community made up of Articulate staff and hundreds (perhaps thousands) of passionate and experienced Articulate users who pride themselves on being able to quickly post an answer to any question you can dream up when it comes to using this tool. Learn more about Articulate Storyline here.

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2 thoughts on “5 Gifts for that Trainer in Your Life

    • Emily – that’s funny. I had debated putting professional memberships like ASTD on the list. Glad you threw it into the comments section!

      Something else you might want to ask for as a stocking stuffer will be for time. Time to read through the monthly T+D to stay on top of the trends. Time to download all the resources available through their website for members. Maybe even time (and money) to go to one of their conferences. Or perhaps time to at least connect with the local chapter.

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