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Training from the BACK for the Room! explores the most current cognitive neuroscience about effective instruction, how the brain takes in, stores, retrieves and uses knowledge. Discover six powerful learning principles based on the best of cognitive science, then apply these principles every time you train, teach, or coach others. This Virtual Edition takes these principles and practices in to the virtual realm, helping you:

  • Design excellent course content that works remotely

  • Build high quality, engaging learning experiences

  • Deliver training that your learners will rave about

  • Set yourself up for successful training

What is TBR-VE?

In this interactive and highly practical virtual class you will explore the “Cognitive Neuroscience” to understand how humans learn best. The Training from the BACK of the room Virtual edition will introduce you to 6 specific brain science principles to help learners fully engage. You also learn a 4-step instructional design model to help you design high-quality sessions. Whether you want to update old workshops, or being inspired to create brand new content, this workshop will revolutionise the way you think about training. By the end of the sessions, you will have a whole plethora of creative activities, ideas, and resources to super-charge your virtual classes.


After your active participation in the class,
you will be able to:

  1. Apply 6 brain-science principles based on current research every time you deliver virtual training, regardless of the complexity of the topic, size of the group, or level of learners.

  2. Use the 4Cs Map as a training design and delivery model for brain-based virtual instruction.

  3. Create virtual training sessions that combine your topic and materials with the brain-based concepts and strategies from the class and demonstrate how to leverage the strengths of virtual learning environments.

  4. Explain to colleagues your understanding of cognitive science as it applies to learning, training, and memory in both virtual and face-to-face environments.

  5. Choose from dozens of virtual brain-based learning activities for all topics.

  6. Become an active member of the TBR-VE Class Group and share your expertise about brain-based virtual instruction and learning.

Who is it for?

This class is hugely versatile. Its focus is for anyone who wants to design, build, and deliver successful and engaging live virtual training or workshops. Typical roles that attend this workshop include:

  • Trainers

  • Facilitators

  • Coaches

  • Teachers

  • Learning & Development Professionals

  • Producers



  • A laptop or Desktop computer (the class is unsuitable for digital tables or smartphones)

  • Good quality web cam

  • Good quality microphone/speakers/headset

  • Access to Zoom & Miro (If you are unfamiliar there are plenty of tutorials to help you familiarise yourself)

  • A printing source to download/print the digital Participant workshop (45 pages approx.)

  • (If you don’t have access to a printer please contact us for options)

  • Miscellaneous analogue materials: sticky notes, sharpies/markers, blank paper, pen/pencil.

Class Format

5 sessions of 2.5 hours each spaced over 10 days

Typically Friday-Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Wednesday

(Days/Dates for next workshop are confirmed on Ticket order site)

Classes are capped at 12 attendees to ensure maximum engagement

I want to join the TBR Virtual Edition!

After registering for the TBR-VE training, you will receive a confirmation email with practical information. A week before the session you will receive a digital code for downloading ‘Training From the Back of the Room’ by Sharon Bowman. You will use this book during the Virtual Training.


You will also receive the Participants Workbook where you can note down all your insights and collect all virtual tools you learn during the training. 

If you have any questions or want to book this for your organisation please get in touch!


Noel Warnell

Chief Visualisation Officer

Humble Associates

The virtual edition of TBR is bloody brilliant. Quite simply it's a must have in the tool box of any trainer or facilitator.


Belinda Price

Agile team coach and transformation lead

Arabica Transformation Consulting

It turns out you can teach an old cat new tricks. Mat's style of facilitation makes the learning a fun experience and you will walk away wondering how you managed without TBR-VE. It was a great experience and I can't wait to put what I know now into practice

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