What is a Tirian program, and why are they effective? 


"Tirian's programs involve the deliberate use of action events and facilitated reflection to bring about lasting change and learning. 
Tirian doesn't just provide training, Tirian also educates"

Three types of programs available

Dimension 1: Xplore with our Simulations & Recreational (Activity Based) programs- ... Changing the way people feel  

Dimension 2: Xamine with our Educational (Seminar/Keynote based) programs- 
... Changing the way people feel & think

Dimension 3: Xtend with our Developmental (Consulting Based) programs - 
... Changing the way people feel, think & behave.
What's the difference between 
Keynote Speakers, Facilitators and Trainers? 
Conference / Keynote speakers ...
Conference / Keynote speakers are expected to have originated the material they are talking about, AND OR done the sporting /adventuring /political achievements they recount. They can present their material in an interesting, engaging and stimulating way, reaching cynics and interested people alike. For this reason keynote speakers fees are the higher than trainers fees.

(see a list of TIRIAN'S best keynote speakers)

Facilitators ...
Facilitators provide stimulus to encourage the group to discover the answers. Since reflection is the key to deeper learning that leads to more lasting change, anything that a "facilitator" does to enhance reflection before, during, or after an experience is called "facilitation."

The central purposes of facilitation are to:

  1. enhance the quality of the learning experience,

  2. to assist clients in finding directions and sources for functional change, and

  3. to create changes that are lasting and transferable*.

Facilitators need to be very skilled in working with group dynamics as what they work with is "live" and "fluid". They need to be able to deal with difficult people and win them over to positive participation.

Facilitators can present formally from out the front, but where possible would prefer to keep the environment conducive for self discovery - such as using experiential learning methods. Good facilitators can still bring audiences to self discovery from out the front formal presentations, by the way they construct their presentation and the methods they use. Good Facilitators educate.

“Education” implies that the learner has developed an understanding of the issues or principles and acts deliberately on the basis of these because they have become committed to them. For this reason facilitators fees and experiential learning programs are the higher than trainers fees


"A totally impressive program. I was amazed at how you got my team to openly discuss issues and address our needs to drive change."

Director of Marketing BPD  Asia

"Tirian's team development games and business simulations provide the perfect context for effective facilitation"

 (see a list of TIRIAN'S best facilitators)
(More about Tirian Business facilitation)


Trainers ...
refer to existing material or tell you stories about other people.  Thus trainers must be good communicators and perhaps technical experts but are not originators or the source of their own knowledge. Training is about developing a specific skill set, imparting knowledge. (Education is about developing skills for ongoing learning and enquiry).  Training teaches people what or how to do something with little understanding as to why it is the case. For this reason trainers fees are the lowest of the categories.
Did you know that most of Tirian's programs are exclusively designed and created by Tirian? Tirian doesn't just train, we educate as well.

All presentations should be "outcomes based" and therefore create a great learning environment.

What is education?

  1. True education is where something valuable is learned and a desirable state of mind is developed.

  2. For true education to take place the participant must come to appreciate what they learn.

  3. A person who is educated has acquired a body of knowledge that is not just a collection of random facts; instead it is organised into some sort of conceptual scheme by which they are able to relate the various pieces of knowledge to each other.

"Education results in the learning of something of value that involves knowledge and understanding which is organized into some kind of cognitive perspective, and this learning has been acquired by methods involving awareness and some degree of voluntariness on the learners part." (RS Peters)
A mediocre teachers tells
A good teacher explains
A superior teacher demonstrates
A great teacher inspires


What is Learning?
Learning is a change in the way we feel, think, or behave. When we are aware of the change, when we intend to make the change, and when the change is maintained over time, then our learning has been conscious, deliberate and lasting. Unfortunately, and all too often, attempts to learn or change are prevented by a lack of reflection (defeating awareness), the presence of resistance (defeating intent), and many barriers to supporting transfer (defeating maintenance).*

What is Experiential Learning?
Experiential learning is founded more on the active doing rather than the passive being done to. In this way, people practice the very skills they are learning and are more likely to maintain their change back at work. Experience-based learning becomes "experiential" when elements of reflection, support and transfer are added to the base experience.

What is Debriefing?
In Debriefing facilitators ask clients for their opinions and refrain from making statements to clients. In this way, clients learn to think for themselves and begin to take ownership over confronting issues (educational programs). If they "own" their issues, they are more likely to commit to changing the situation and to following through on their commitments. In a debrief discussion, clients are asked (under the guidance of a questioning facilitator) to reflect on their experiences and to discuss points of learning that they believe took place.*

Tirian’s Method
Through unique methods of input "practice fields" or "virtual worlds" are created that enable participants to see:

  • Issues that arise in the work place over a long period of time can be isolated and focused on to see more clearly the consequences of particular actions.

  • Incidents that occur very rapidly can be examined in detail to study more carefully.

  • Actions and attitudes that cannot be reversed or taken back in the real world can be re-tried countless times in a protected environment.

  • The complexities of the everyday working environment can be simplified and analysed.

READ MORE from articles Tirian has written about these topics ...

Have the Chickens come home to Roast?
Training is not always education and
after the disturbing TIME magazine article on the state of our schools, it's time for organisations to take education seriously before it's too late...
Asians are finding that even children who attend the very best public schools lack the creative skills to compete in a new, challenging information economy”. Why has this happened? Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Education says, "the current system now needs to produce a new breed of leaders who have a certain ruggedness, an ability to respond quickly to situations." It is critical thinking skills, not simple abilities in regurgitating facts, which are urgently needed. What good leaders must have is the ability to make decisions based on understanding of principles that they have become committed to...more

Read more about Tirian's educational approach
Getting results is not just a matter of finding the right information, but also finding the best methods to ensure that the information is effectively implemented in the workplace. Programs and sessions must be designed to be relevant and internalised in a way that the learnings can be used in the workplace...

Read more about Tirian's 3D integrated approach to Organisational Learning
Using a creative multi-dimensional approach, Tirian can ensure development is penetrating and aligned to the organisation’s strategies and goals....

Read more about how people learn and why Tirian is effective 
In increasing individual effectiveness and group performance, the key is not further skill training, but targeted learning opportunities with specific practical outlines. The long term effectiveness of short term training has been rightly questioned, but opportunities for increasing ongoing learning can be proven to be invaluable...

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