Tentative schedule (and notes)!

As you plan your flights, know that we plan on ending Friday after the lunchtime keynote, but some may stay to visit Rochester an extra night.

Also, Tuesday’s preconference certificate that requires registration* starts at 9am, but the free preconference workshop starts at 2pm.

It takes about 15 minutes by car to and from the airport, so plan accordingly.

Tuesday, Oct 16: Preconference day, All-attendee reception evening

  • 9am-3pm – preconference certificate program* (preconf registration required)
  • 2-4:30pm – preconference workshop: redesigning board games (free!)
  • 3:30pm – newcomer orientation
  • 5pm – welcome reception

Wednesday, Oct 17: Full regular day

  • 9am – opening keynote, followed by concurrent sessions and field trip to Strong Museum of Play
  • 5pm – expo and poster session, followed by game night

Thursday, Oct 18: Full regular day

  • 9am – breakfast keynote, followed by concurrent sessions
  • 7pm – gala and awards dinner**, followed by game night

Friday, Oct 19: Closing half day

  • 9am – concurrent sessions
  • 11am-1pm – closing keynote

*Preconference certificate program run by NASAGA old-timer Thiagi:

Part 1. Designing Interactive Strategies

The best way to improve your training is to encourage participants to interact with each other, with the content, and with you. In this workshop, Thiagi reveal five secrets of effective interactive training that is faster, cheaper, and better. You will also rapidly exploring 60 different training strategies. Later, you will master additional details of selected strategies:

  • Structured sharing helps practitioners to exchange their expertise with each other
  • Interactive lectures enable you to retain control of the session while participants interact with each other
  • Textra games transform your dull, dry handouts into dynamic engines
  • Openers and closers that leverage participant-based process into results-based learning.
  • Jolts that last for a few minutes and provide life-long insights

With Thiagi’s framegame approach, you will learn how to make use of existing templates to create your own training games in a matter of minutes. You will also learn how to avoid irrelevant fluff and fun and immerse your participants in engaging activities.

Part 2. Conducting Training Games and Activities

Are you excited about training games and activities but anxious about losing control, wasting time, and being attacked by participants? Based on 20 years of field experience and research, Thiagi shares with you three important secrets of effective training facilitation:

  1. Identify seven critical dimensions of activities-based training (including pace, intensity, competition, and playfulness). Learn how to select, maintain, and balance appropriate intensities of these dimensions.
  2. Recognize disruptive behavior patterns of participants from hell. Learn strategies for preventing such patterns and specific tactics for handling each pattern.
  3. Identify the importance of the debriefing process for linking the training game to the workplace reality. Learn a powerful six-phase model for maximizing learning from experience.

**Gala dinner choices:

  • 10 oz strip steak (approx medium rare) with caramelized onion demi glace
  • chicken roulade with prosciutto, basil, and provolone
  • grilled portobello mushroom cap with roasted veggie napoleon and tomato coulis