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Science shows that people learn best through EXPERIENCES.

From my work as an applied improv facilitator and trainer, I’ve got a ton of “experiences” I’d love to share with you, in a lab setting.

I’d also love to record these activities to put them in a searchable archive, so facilitators, trainers, teachers, or anyone looking for fun, brain-friendly, virtual activities, will have a place to see them in action, rather than just reading about them.

The NBVM Learning Lab is my answer to both of the above!

Join me for a short, interactive session and experience the F.U.N. Method™ in action! The 3rd or 4th Thursday of each month, 11:00am-12:15pm PT / 2:00-3:15pm ET.

You get to:

• Try out 2-3 themed activities that you can use immediately

• Dive deeper with each activity, by discussing various ways to alter or debrief in order to adapt for a variety of situations

• Connect, network, and learn from others, through the activities! (How meta!)

And as a Learning Lab participant, you’ll also get a discount on the archive, whenever it goes live.

Note: This is NOT a webinar! Be prepared to connect and interact with your camera on. There will be breakout rooms!

This was the first Zoom meeting that didn’t leave me feeling drained (despite being an awfully extroverted activity for an introvert).

Heather Leide

Director, Airport Development, Metropolitan Airports Commission

Upcoming Dates & Themes

All Learning Labs take place on Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm PT, unless otherwise indicated

  • October 28: Storytelling
  • November 18: Overcoming Obstacles
  • December 16: Goals
  • January 20: Empathy/Communication
  • February 17: Creativity & Risk
  • March 17: Failure


For now, each Learning Lab is just $30 (save 50% by registering a week or more in advance!)

What Happens in the Lab?

In each Learning Lab you’ll get to try 2-3 of the kinds of active-learning activities I use in my F.U.N. Method™.

You’ll experience the activity and the debrief discussion, just as if you were an attendee of a session I designed for a client.

Then we’ll dive deeper and call on the genius of the group to share ideas of how that activity might work in different settings, or how it might be adapted for different scenarios.

You’ll discover that each activity has an infinite number of variations.

And you never know what connections may emerge. To paraphrase William Butler Yeats, strangers are only friends you haven’t met yet.

“To succeed in this new world we all need to adopt a “beginners mind” and Melissa makes that a reality by providing a space of experimentation and discovery that is essential if we want to create genuinely engaging and energizing on line experiences.”

John Brewer

Conference Designer, Event Moderator, Facilitator, Ideax

Who Is this For?

  • Organizational Leaders in charge of Employee Engagement, Onboarding, L&D, Customer Education & Engagement
  • Founders & Entrepreneurs who want to try new ways to engage with your customers
  • Conference & Event Designers looking to make your event stand out
  • Facilitators, Trainers, Retreat Leaders, Teachers who want teach through “aha’s” and interactivity
  • Anyone who wants to lead more engaging, experiential virtual sessions, where participants learn and build human-to-human connections while having fun

“Such creative ways to engage team members! I’ll be recommending this workshop to friends and colleagues, because it’s really easy to disengage from virtual meetings and do other things. Your ideas give a reason to stay tuned.”

Christopher J. Wesley

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How long are the Learning Lab sessions?

75 minutes, from 11am-12:15pm PT / 2-3:15pm ET.

What is your refund policy?

The Learning Lab is non-refundable.

What size groups do these exercises work with?

I’ll be sharing a variety of exercises that can work with a wide range of group sizes. We’ll also discuss how they can be adapted to suit different needs and outcomes.

I'm doing racial justice work/I'm a Silicon Valley nonprofit—do you offer any discounts?

Yes! Register at least one week in advance and save 50%! Working for racial justice? Use the code JUSTICE to join for free. Are you a Silicon Valley nonprofit? Use the code SVNFP to join for free.

Will the session be recorded? I notice there's a release I'm asked to sign.

The answer to this is two-fold. Yes, I do record these sessions, the activities may become part of a larger archive, and I may use snippets in my marketing (hence the release form you’ll see upon registration). However, I will not be sending out a recording to registrants after the fact. Why? Because while you’re participating in the Learning Lab, my goal is for you to learn and connect, and to experience my F.U.N. Method™, the way they work best: live and in real time.

If you’re interested in learning activities from a recording, stay tuned for information about the archive down the road! (And keep in mind that if you attend a live Learning Lab, you’ll get a great discount. 😊)

I’m Melissa Dinwiddie. I work with innovative, people-first companies that are grappling with boring (or nonexistent!) virtual trainings or events. I help them engage and delight attendees who acquire new skills or behaviors through interactive, playful training experiences.

“Play is not the opposite of work. Play is how we make work more effective.”


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