The name Mr. Rogers is synonymous with learning. Millions of people grew up watching the TV show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," delighting in how its gentle host used stories, dialogue, interaction, and kindness to inspire children and adults alike to change the world. Mr. Rogers employed simple yet powerful techniques to create memorable lessons that have stayed with people for generations, and there are some remarkable parallels between his goals and those talent development professionals have when they design and develop training. After all, trainers would love for their words to be remembered, taught, and shared with learners long after the formal learning event is over.

Why Your Team Will Love Won't You Be My Trainer:

Won't You Be My Trainer looks at the messages and wisdom Mr. Rogers shared and provides ideas and tips to help you use his lessons to elevate your own instructional design and delivery practices. By exploring Mr. Rogers' work and legacy, you and your team will be able to adapt and integrate these strategies into your own trainings as you strive to make every learner interaction uplifting and unforgettable— regardless of content.

Won't You Be My Trainer will help you to:

  • Select and integrate strategies that strengthen successful training events
  • Identify key concepts that contribute to memorable learning opportunities
  • Develop and deliver training sessions that will engage learners

Great content delivered in three ways:

In-Person Workshop

  • Great for teams of all sizes!
  • Highly interactive with plenty of hands-on activities
  • Available in 2- or 4-hour formats
  • Optional coaching, follow-up engagements, and performance supports available to help your team extend their learning!

Virtual Workshop

  • Great for small teams and adaptable for teams of any size!
  • Highly interactive with lots of virtual engagement opportunities
  • Available in 1.5-4-hour formats and may be provided across multiple sessions
  • Optional coaching, follow-up engagements, and performance supports available to help your team extend their learning!


  • Great for teams of all sizes!
  • Engaging structure that incorporates learner participation with knowledge transfer
  • Available in 1-hour, 1.5 hour, and 2-hour formats
  • Optional coaching, follow-up engagements, and performance supports available to help your team extend their learning!

I LOVED the session. It brought back so many memories and was so relevant to my current role... I am new the L&D industry and [the session] inspired me to take action.

Customer Experience Training Specialist


It was such a good workshop. While I have only been in official training position for 1 year, the information shared has helped me sharpen natural skills and begin to develop others.

Learning Facilitator


I absolutely loved your session! It really spoke to me.

Manager of Training and Organization Development
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Fantastic way to tie learning delivery elements to a familiar icon!

Training Specialist

This has been my favorite session of the [ATD Virtual Conference] thus far. You did such a great job of tying Mister Rogers directly into instructional design. I've always had a special affinity for Mister Rogers, so this session was a particular joy. Thank you both!

Training Specialist V
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


I loved this session. It was awesome! The way Mr. Rogers presented on the show was such a parallel to what we do as trainers, facilitators and speakers. I had never thought of it that way until I saw this presentation. It kept our attention the entire time. Thank you so much for the session.

Workforce Training and Development Consultant
DI Training and Consulting, LLC


The session was great and the training comparisons really brought the discussion into everyone's backyard. Our team took a ton of notes and plan to apply many of the principals throughout our faculty development.