T&D: Sometimes a Wake Up Call Application Exercise To Start Is Called For

Skake Up For a Wake Up

Back in the late 1980s one of my clients worried that most of the attendees would come in to the session believing that they already were proficient at the terminal performance objectives. She knew they weren’t. So we talked about some options.

We decided to start the session in an unusual manner with an authentic applications exercise – at the level of difficulty at just between “Darn Difficult” and “From Hades” – before even a typical opening welcome, review of the objectives, introductions, etc.


Those that did OK – for we knew there might be some – in that first salvo would then be used – per the design – to discuss and demonstrate their strategies & tactics for dealing with the performance scenarios that were to be addressed throughout the Session.

It was a “Wake Up Call Application Exercise” and was very different from how they “always” opened their Training programs. No hello. Just – get to work.

And if you think about it – it was one form of an Advanced Organizer. And established that what we were going to cover was indeed Real World. Authentic.

And not Easy Peasy. Challenging in fact.

The tricky part of course was to do this in a manner that reduced the “threat” that an approach like this might be for some of the attendees.

I’ve Been Lesson Mapping Since 1990

Note: Back in the late 1980s I had not yet created the Lesson Map format. That came in 1990 in a project for Illinois Bell on Labor Relations – as told about on page 7 of this 1993 Newsletter – here – before I changed some of the labels for my 3 Levels of Design to Event – Lessons – and Instructional Activities.

Here is a 12 and a half minute video on Lesson Mapping and the data and questions I use to create it:

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