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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2000
Dave Meier's twenty five years experience in the business of helping people make more of their learning really shows in this must-have volume. Where other authors may present theories and good intentions, Meier comes up with ultra-practical and proven ideas which have helped me many times. Add to this a great grasp of the development of accelerated learning methods and an excellent list of worldwide resource suppliers and expertise, and we have a milestone. If you're serious about learning, you'll want to buy, use and recommend this book. I've been using these ideas professionally for over ten years, and this is the finest distillation I've yet tasted.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
If you only buy one book on accelerated learning make it this one!
I purchased 5 books and this one was by far the best laid out, easiest to read and digest. With sections on perp, presentation, practice and performance and with lots of practical activities which you can put into practice its well worth taking the time out to read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An essential read for all trainers - less the rest of us should pass away from the dreaded curse of 'death by PowerPoint'. PowerPoint is a great tool that I have used myself many times but the problem arises when trainers use it to hide behind and it is all wordy, wordy, wordy and the audience goes sleepy, sleepy, sleepy! This book gives encouragement and hope for all those who want to learn and all those who want to teach/train. It says what a lot of us secretly knew all along, that learning should be interactive, dynamic, enjoyable, challenging, interesting and even (dare I say it?) fun! My daughter and I decided we should try out one of the techniques and in just a couple of hours we memorised all the state capitals of the USA! (You can test me!) Written in an accessible style, with a great toolbox of exercises etc. that make you just want to go out and try them.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2000
If you want to make your training both easier and more effective - for you and your trainees - then this is for you. If you expect an Accelerated Learning book to be varied, readable, inspiring and eminently practical, then you will be delighted. Add to that a simple, highly-accessible model for applying it all to programme design, plus literally hundreds of exercise ideas, tips and resources, and you'll wish you got hold of this book years ago. As someone who has been using AL for some time, but only discovered Dave Meier's model a year ago, I was eagerly awaiting his first book, with high expectations. As you can tell, I was not disappointed. Read this to give yourself more time, less stress, and happier and more motivated learners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2011
You do not need to be a professional trainer to use this book. It is well written, well structured and applies as much to anyone who has to train others as to training professionals. Spending just one afternoon with this book enabled me to rewrite a training course to be shorter, much more effective, and much easier to deliver. I have about 30 books on training and facilitation, this is absolutely one of the very best. I wanted a second copy, and the tiny gap between the price new and the second hand price suggests that the market rates is very highly too.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2011
In my perfect world, all trainers and facilitators would have read this book. Human beings would no longer be subject to brutally boring workshops facilitated by badly prepared, lazy, patronising presenters who are soldered to Powerpoint and mindnumbingly boring slides. Lord preserve me from those who do not know the secrets of Accelerated Learning. I felt like I had just discovered a new planet on reading this. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, use it and begin to enjoy the sheer bliss of adult training. I loved this book and use it constantly. Has he written any more?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2011
This is the first book I have bought on Accelerated Learning and although a little dated (refers to creating good old video cassettes) it is a fantastic introduction to anyone wanting to get a good grounding in AL techniques. This book does have a lot of suggestions too...some which I will certainly be trying out. I fully recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2012
This book has lost its impact and is simply not that useful now. I also found it not particularly well set out, so really - look at other resources before this. The author himself is well known in the field, however, but it desperately needs an update to deal with the new workplace/business environment and learning in the workplace.
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This is a really "American 80's " type book - perhaps these training methods worked well back then, but nowadays, people would laugh and walk out. Better books available and no so expensive.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2011
All in all a very good read and the author certainly demonstrates superior command of the subject matter. Personal preference perhaps, however, I readily recommend Dr. Win Wenger if someone is seeking THE definitive source for accelerated learning protocols. I "think" both sources combined pretty much encompass the universe of accelerated learning practices. The Contractor
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