Play in the Training Room has a Perception Problem. Let’s Fix It!


Some feel that “play” is a four letter word when it comes to training and professional development. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with using play as an engagement strategy… as long as it’s an intentional design element.

This month I was asked by the folks at TD magazine to write an article outlining some specific ways that L&D professionals can incorporate play (with a purpose) into various delivery methods – from classroom-based to webinars to performance support.

It was an honor to be asked to write for TD’s “Fundamentals” section. If you have five minutes or so and are interested in how you can incorporate more play into your next training program, give it a read… and then let me know what you think.

Do you feel “play” is appropriate for the professional training room?

2 thoughts on “Play in the Training Room has a Perception Problem. Let’s Fix It!

  1. Thanks for sharing the article on play in the training room. I definitely think that play, or well designed experiental activities can definintely enhance or drive home a concept or a difficult discussion that wouldn’t be as effective being delivered in a “teacher tells student” way or through ppt. Discussing discomfort in these types of activities, especially when they are pertinant to the topic you are covering also opens the door to discuss and work through difficult topics that may not come up any other way – especially when doing teambuilding and likening an activity back to something that may be happening on the job. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Holly! It was a fun article to write… because it was a summary of a bunch of activities that seemed fun AND engaged the audience AND led to deeper learning opportunities for the people that were suddenly paying attention! Play may not be the end goal of changing behaviors and helping others do things new or differently or better… but people need to be paying attention and wanting to engage, otherwise it’s tough to connect with the learners!

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