A gold standard, world class
Facilitator Guide will...
Contain all of the information your instructors need to consistently deliver your training programs. And all of your facilitator guides will be formatted consistently.
But, this is time-consuming work.
We see two divergent common practices. Either just printing out the slides and notes and hoping for the best. Or, spending untold hours struggling to build proper facilitator guides.
Ensure consistency & cut development time 50% with automation.
LeaderGuide Pro makes it possible to efficiently build the two distinct documents required for the consistent delivery of instructor-led training: facilitator guides and participant guides.
Instructional content is logically organized in a visual flow that is easy to follow. The documents are professionally formatted and branded. And they are Word files you can share, edit and PDF.
is the tool of choice for...
Multi-day courses that require both facilitator and participant guides.
Projects that involve multiple contributors.
Re-design projects that require establishing consistency and updating content across multiple files.
Because there is no other tool
like LeaderGuide Pro...
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LeaderGuide Pro facilitator guides are designed to serve two purposes.
to help instructors prepare for course delivery
to serve as sheet music during the live training delivery.
Every new facilitator guide includes a:
- Cover page
- Acknowledgements page
- Table of Contents
- Getting Started section
- Training at a Glance
- Module page
- Lesson page.
LeaderGuide Pro participant guides can be extracted from facilitator guides to provide learners with key information and capture space for note-taking.
If you prefer to build participant guides first, they can be built independently, and then facilitator guides can be extracted from them.
Every new participant guide includes a:
- Cover page
- Acknowledgements page
- Table of Contents
- Module/Lesson page.
Consistent and Reusable
Smart templates are always available
& support collaboration.
Multiple contributors can build modules and lessons from the same shared LeaderGuide Pro Collection, eliminating the need to re-format. Modules and lessons are both integral document parts and stand-alone files. Modules and lessons are easy to:
- circulate for editing and review
- integrate into existing or new guidebooks.
Facilitator Guide Document Structure
Customizable default text that informs your trainers about your facilitator guide's organization and purpose.
Program in Perspective
Placeholders and prompts for program rationale, learning objectives, program timing, number of participants and anything else you need to add.
Placeholders and prompts for pre-work, required materials, room setup, instructor preparation and anything else you need to add.
Training At A Glance
Automatically draws information from your Module Overview pages to build a high-level overview of your training program.
Placeholders and prompts for module objective, module time, module overview, and materials needed to deliver the module. Serves as an advance organizer for your instructors.
Contain the step-by-step instructional content, chunked into icon-driven blocks.
Hold discrete calls to action for the instructor: say, do, ask, role play, case study, game, workbook, activity, etc.
By module, lesson and even by content block if you choose. To specify exactly how much time is to be spent on any given segment.
How LeaderGuide Pro Helps
Modules and lessons provide the overarching document structure, based on your design outline. Modules are topics. Lessons are subtopics.
Content is added by typing, pasting or importing into icon-driven content blocks on the lesson pages.
PowerPoint and images are imported by using the included image controls.
For the entire document, from the cover to the last page...
formats are applied automatically as content is added, based on the built-in style guides. Manage formatting with the included Text and Table tools.
Headers, footers, page numbers and a Table of Contents build as content is added. Document-level controls automate updating and provide in-document navigation.
One From Many
Build from multiple source documents and still maintain formatting and consistency.
Existing Word files, including archived Modules and Lessons, are all reusable content chunks. This allows for these efficiencies:
- multiple contributors can work on the same training program
- discrete content chunks can be circulated for editing and review
- work in smaller Word files while building a large document.
Import PowerPoint & Images
Automation brings in slides, notes, and even the text on your slides, as well image files.
As you import slides, you have the option to set up your Module and Lesson structure, which in turn builds your Table of Contents. And, of course, your slides will be appropriately distributed across your modules and lessons.
Send to PowerPoint
Script new slides as you build your facilitator guide. LeaderGuide Pro will send your slide text to PowerPoint.
After you finish building your slides, LeaderGuide Pro will import them back into your guidebook to replace the slide script with your finished slide images. This is a great way to speed up development.
Update PowerPoint images and content
When changes are made to a PowerPoint file or other source content
Updates to your LeaderGuide Pro documents:
are accomplished with automated controls
to save time, ensure consistency and eliminate manual copying and pasting.
Archive, Insert, Re-order and Delete modules and lessons
- the LGPro Librarian functions maintain formatting and keep headers, footers, pagination and your Table of Contents up to date.
Add, Replace and Resize slides and other images
- the LGPro Special functions make fast work of updating slides and other images.
Insert Icons as Visual Cues
Icons are easily inserted to build leader guides that work like sheet music, to help trainers stay on track and on time.
Developers also benefit:
- Cognitively, because gaps and inconsistencies are revealed as the icons chunk and order content.
- Productivity, because icons make it easy to find content for editing and to extract content to build new documents.
Extract to create new files from existing
Extract content from any existing facilitator or participant guide into any new guidebook.
Change Collections and page layouts to instantly reformat as you create new documents.
Sync content between companion files
Update content and page number references between companion files.
Once both a facilitator guide and a companion participant guide are built, the Sync function will add participant guide page number references into a facilitator guide and update content from one document to the other.
Reformat for a new look and feel
The unique LeaderGuide Pro Attach function performs two transformative tasks.
CHANGE the fonts, icons, headers and footers to transform the look and feel of any existing LeaderGuide Pro document.
CONVERT existing Word documents to LeaderGuide Pro format.
Brand with your custom touches
Add your logos, fonts, icons, headers and footers, and default text to instantly create custom document shells that conform to your requirements.
Start with three included Collections, which control the appearance of your documents and ensure consistency as you and others work in the files.
Each Collections includes:
- 50 icons
- Style guides
- Headers and footers
- Cover pages
- All of the rest of the necessary document parts.
Use the included Collections as the basis to create as many new custom Collections as you need. Choose from 200 ready-to-use icons or add your own. Customize just about everything.
Accessible and Screen Reader Friendly
Alt Text is automatically added to tables, slides and images so that your files are screen reader friendly and 508 compliant. As you make changes the accessibility tags update.
Use Zapps Pro The Collection to efficiently edit all of the Alt Text added to your documents, to be 508 compliant in spirit as well as technically so.
Mark time by module, lesson and even at the icon content block level.
Add time markers as needed. Click a button to total your time markers and distribute updated total times by module and lesson. This is useful for tracking time during pilots and it helps keep facilitators on track and on time.
LeaderGuide Pro will run with Microsoft Office in English, French and Spanish.
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