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The Psychology of Session Planning: Techniques that great trainers use to engage their audience and drive learning outcomes

12 May 2023
ONLINE via Zoom Meetings

Please note: This event has now reached capacity.


Facilitator’s guide? Session plan? Presentation plan? It doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s what goes in it that matters.

A good session plan includes strategies that address two separate, but related areas, engagement and learning. In essence, a good plan answers two key questions throughout the session:

  • How will I engage my audience in this concept, idea or skill?

  • How can I teach this concept, idea or skill in a way that gives the learner the best opportunity to use it later?

Drawing on principles from evolutionary psychology, behavioural economics and the cognitive sciences, Tony will share many of the techniques he uses to engage his audience while promoting learning and retention of the course content.

Specifically, we will take a look at: 

  • Techniques you can use to encourage engagement, interest and optimism early in and throughout your course.

  • Activities that encourage the formation of mental models and long-term memories.

  • Structures for designing and communicating experiential learning activities.

  • Processes for incorporating the Worked Example Principle into your sessions.

Throughout this session Tony will share practical examples to support each of the concepts. Will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each example and how to minimise any risks. We’ll be using break out rooms, group discussions and a bunch of other interactive activities to get you involved in the content.

You will leave with specific activities that Tony uses throughout his programs, of which you can apply immediately or adjust depending on what you are presenting.

Is this webinar for you?

This webinar:

  • is for trainers and facilitators who have some influence over how a training session is designed and/or delivered.
  • is for trainers looking to expand their capability as a trainer and going beyond the minimum standards required of a Certificate IV TAE qualified trainer.
  • assumes you have a foundational knowledge of session planning but are looking for specific techniques that make your training style stand out.    

NB. Can't make the session?

We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

Friday 12th May 2023  Nb. This event has now reached capacity
11:00am - 2.30pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
11:00am - 2:30pm (AEST: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
10:30am - 2:00pm (ACST: SA)
10:30am - 2:00pm (ACST: NT)
9:00am - 12:30pm (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

Anyone responsible for developing or delivering training  looking to enhance their courses, e-learning programs or presentations: 

  • Trainers/Assessors
  • Training Managers
  • Curriculum/Resource Developers
  • Instructional Designers
  • L&D Managers

What to expect

Presented by Tony Kirton, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint (in PDF format)
  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resource 
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Tony Kirton


Tony Kirton is a facilitator and instructional designer with more than a 15 years’ experience in organisational learning and development and VET education.

Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to online and face to face learning, Tony delivers workshops, webinars and conference presentations with a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

As a facilitator, Tony primarily teaches educators and trainers how to design and deliver engaging and meaningful learning. In the past two years Tony has spent most of his facilitation time working with trainers, managers and senior leaders to improve their facilitation and presentation skills.

As an instructional designer, Tony has overseen and personally designed hundreds of training programs and more than one thousand assessment resources from more than 30 different vocational qualifications.

He holds a Master in Business and Commerce (spec. HR & IR) and two Diplomas in Vocational Training and Learning Design.

Continuing his passion for the education sector, Tony currently sits on the Board of Directors at a Rudolf Steiner School located in the Northeast of NSW.

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Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter, Tony Kirton, before the session, please email

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