Newsletter: July/August 2001
New: Frequently Asked Question Page
In response to your requests, we have now developed a FAQ page on this site to answer your questions on Team Building, Coaching, and the rest of our products and services. This page will increase and change from month to month. You can reach this page by clicking here.Adventure Learning Associates Celebrates a New Millenium of Programming Excellence!
On January 4, 2001 we celebrated both the new millenium and the anniversary of the founding of Adventure Learning Associates. We feel we have come quite a long way in eleven years. From an original focus on rope course programming and construction, we have evolved into one of the leading providers of Experiential Training and Development. We offer an ever widening array of experiential products, programs, and consulting services (check out our new experiential golf programs), world wide. Our core business has changed over the years from being primarily activity based to a virtual client-based model focusing on the needs of small to mid-sized businesses or small business units in larger corporations. In this client-based model, we find we are offering four primary areas of service: Leadership Development, Team Development, Professional Coaching, and Action Learning Programs. Please look on this web site for more information on our four areas of service. We look forward with anticipation and passion to this upcoming year of serving new and existing clients.ASTD Article On Trends In Experiential Training And Development
Adventure Learning Associates was featured in an Article on "Trends in Experiential Training and Development" in the March 2000 issue of the Journal of Training and Development. With that in mind ,this is a good time to share our view on the top eight trends in corporate experiential learning:
We are now offering portable initiatives designed by Executive Edge/Virtual Adventures. These "high tech" initiatives can bring an additional level of challenge and fun to your next event. They can be shipped to your program site and include many options. Please contact us for our ever changing list of portable equipment and current prices.What's New!
2001continues to prove that Experience Based Training continues to be an effective vehicle for building team skills and achieving specific organizational outcomes. Among the highlights from last year are, the continuation of a major team training initiative with all levels of a large government agency, the further development of our Professional/Executive Coaching practice, and a return to using, building, and managing high challenge elements in some of our programs. The last year also marked a renewal of our membership in the Association for Experiential Education and our intial membership in the Association for Challenge Course Technology. Our membership in these and other professional organizations greatly enhances our ability to offer cutting edge programs to our clients. One of the fruits of membership in these groups has been the creation of a best practices document for our industry. A copy of the DEEP best practices document can be viewed here at this web site.Personal/Professional/Executive Coaching
For over four years we have been offering personal and professional/executive coaching services as part of are overall service offerings. We developed our coaching services as a response to needs expressed by our clients for increased interpersonal effectiveness and to be able to develop strategies for goal achievement that were practical and attainable. Our coaching services are designed to help our clients pay attention to the true issues in their professional and personal lives by changing their structure of interpretation of events, rather than just focusing on our emotional reactions to perceived problems. Our coaching programs consist of clarifying interviews and discussions and then the establishment of self correcting practices that enable our clients to use their own resources to generate sustained effective responses to personal and business challenges. Please contact us at 800-551-3210 for a free initial coaching session.
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We have been offering customized train the trainer programs to many of our clients over the last several years. In response to many requests, we are now offering a custom version of Experiential Methods and Facilitation Skills for the Internal Trainer programs at the program site of your choice. This program is designed to meet the programming needs of currently practicing internal corporate trainers. Unlike some other programs, this program is not a cookbook of activities or another high ropes course adventure session. The main objective of our program is to develop intuitive decision making and programming skills in our participants, to a degree that allows for successful integration of experiential techniques into already existing training offerings. The experiential trainer of tomorrow is not the high priced external consultant, but the internal practitioner who has the skills and confidence to use experiential learning as just another tool in the quest to achieve learning excellence. At this point, we are planning on offering only custom programs for four or more persons but may change this if the demand is high. Call us at 800-551-3210 for references from satisfied clients who have taken our Train the Experiential Trainer program.Train Your Staff
One way to save on facilitation fees for large programs is to have Adventure Learning Associates' staff train your employees to lead and facilitate a specific program that is tailored to the needs of your organization. Depending on the length and complexity of your program we can train you and your co-workers in as little as one day. On the day of the program our staff can supervise and monitor your employees as they actually lead the program and can assist as needed. Please use our form for further information.
Please contact us at 800-551-3210 or by using our form
for further information including a sample program and a proposal if desired.