• 16 minutes

How to Keep Each Learner's Attention


As a trainer, it can be difficult to keep people’s attention in the classroom.

As you think about how you can make it comfortable for people to learn and draw on their experiences, and respect and validate what they bring to the classroom; it’s also important to keep people’s attention. Keeping attention means that we get the learners to be really engaged in the content. You can incorporate the principle of change, or create a feeling of incompletion and progress, or even have the learners do the work. You need to find what works for your group and change as necessary. 

Runtime: 15 minutes



Jonathan Halls

Jonathan Halls

Jonathan Halls & Associates

  • Runs professional development programs for trainers and speaks at conferences around the world
  • More than 25 years’ experience in adult learning, he draws on cognitive psychology and neuroscience to help trainers move from a dump content and run approach to empower learners to learn
  • Wrote Confessions of a Corporate Trainer: An Insider Tells All; Rapid Video for Trainers; Memory and Cognition in Learning; Rapid Media for Trainers; Video Script Writing; and a contributing author to the ASTD Handbook
  • One the select facilitators who teach ATD’s prestigious Master Trainer Program
  • Formerly a learning executive at the BBC and today consults, teaches, speaks and coaches
  • Adjunct professor at George Washington University
  • B.A. and M.A. degrees in learning

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