Program description – TOIT 2017

The 2017 TOIT PROGRAM offers two distinct yet related tracks that participants can choose from, based on their level of experience, knowledge and interests: 

Core Skills (CS) track

Advanced Skills track

Open Sessions (aditionally)

The Core Skills (CS) track offers a series of practical sessions that address the most important elements of effective intercultural training design, development, and delivery.

This track is primarily intended for those interculturalists who are new to the field, freshly finished with their studies, or who wish to revisit the basics of intercultural training. 

The current schedule of topics for Core Skills participants includes:

  1. Understanding the key models and tools of intercultural training
  2. Preparing and carrying out an appropriate needs assessment
  3. Establishing effective objectives for a learning event
  4. Building a training design that is balanced and powerful
  5. Developing appropriate content for learners, including effective power point slides and other visual aids 
  6. Core delivery and facilitation skills
  7. Brief Train-backs of content learned with immediate, constructive group feedback and individual coaching
  8. Planning you Intercultural training career, whether in full-time employment or your own practice 


The Advanced Skills (AS) track offers a series of more applied topics relevant to the design, development, and delivery of impactful intercultural training.

This track is primarily intended for those intercultural practitioners, who feel they have substantial experience already and are looking to reflect on their current practice, hone their existing training skills, and deepen their expertise in related areas, such as coaching, curriculum design, facilitating, and marketing.

The current schedule of topics for Advanced Skills participants includes:

  1. Exploring future trends in intercultural training
  2. Getting more out of your IC training design and delivery
  3. The option to deliver short content sessions to the Core Skills track participants (on key models and tools of intercultural training), with immediate group feedback and optional one-on-one mentoring
  4. Deepening skills in such related areas as coaching, curriculum design and facilitating
  5. Marketing and continuing to thrive in the mature phase of an IC career
  6. Open Space sessions to propose and explore areas of common interest on ad hoc basis
  7. Additional sessions based on the results of a needs analysis done with all registered Advanced Skills participants.

All participants, regardless of their chosen track, are invited to attend sessions from either track, based on their particular interest, needs, or goals.


In addition to the Core Skills and Advanced Skills sessions, TOIT participants will also have the option to participate in broader “Open Sessions” that are relevant to trainers of all types and levels and which address current topics of interest to intercultural trainers.

The Open Sessions are currently scheduled to include:

  • Current trends in the Intercultural Industry for 2017
  • Ethics for interculturalists
  • Identity & Diversity: how they relate to intercultural training
  • Unconscious bias and culture
  • Blended learning: What is it and how to make the best of it?
  • Personal leadership: A new approach to intercultural learning
  • New ideas for experiential team building, including Lego Serious Play
  • Managing difficult situations and participants
  • Tips for virtual training, particularly designing webinars that will engage distracted participants
  • How to build a thriving intercultural career at every stage of development
  • Economics & Pricing for IC Trainers – How to get paid what you are worth


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