Train-the-Trainer Advanced (Level 2)

Train-the-Trainer Advanced by Trainers Toolbox

Next level of training for TTT graduates

The topic of Train-the-Trainer Advanced for 2023 is Facilitation.

We will spend full 2 days in end of November in Zagreb diving deep into this topic in a group of 10 trainers (TTT alumni).

You are here because you want to become the best trainer you can be. 

You want to deepen your impact on your learners and skyrocket their learning.

Create truly impactful and memorable – if not lifechanging – learning experiences. 

At your core, you believe that to be the best trainer you can be, you need to keep on learning, growing, getting feedback and keep on strengthening your skills.  

You just don’t know HOW to get to that next level – yet. 

And that is exactly where TTT Advanced comes in.

The advanced version of the classical Train-the-Trainer course offers you the chance to bring your skills as a trainer to the next level.

It is an experiential course for trainers who graduated from Train-the-trainer, gained some experience and practice, and now are ready to deepen their skills and impact.

It is all about deepening the learning, gaining more experience & feedback from other experienced trainers, discussing examples from practice, exchanging perspectives, and learning together by sharing meaningful insights.

How TTT Advanced looks like?

Every TTT Advanced is different, as it is hugely co-created by trainers who join, and adapted to their specific needs and goals through a series of meaningful, custom-designed challenges and exercises.

That is why the group is formed a couple of months before the event – to make sure there is enough of time to survey the needs and preferences of the trainers joining, and for everyone to complete their preparatory tasks
All participants will deliver a session on the event with the goal of getting insightful feedback from other trainers, as well as exposing the group to diverse trainers’ styles and approaches.

The program itself is build in a blended way – 2 virtual modules of 3h, and a live weekend.

Here are examples of potential topics (the final topics will be chosen in alignment with the preferences of the participants):

  • training design – practice, feedback and discussions, and working on examples
  • tools for trainers (learning new tools, practicing the chosen ones)
  • facilitation tools
  • advanced facilitation skills and practice (and art of impactful questions)
  • how to converge better (in facilitation and debriefing)
  • debriefing: active practice and exchanging best practices and impactful questions
  • how to make learning more memorable 
  • storytelling – models to build impactful stories, tips to make them more engaging, and active practice crafting the story
  • building awesome examples and colorful language
  • career development for trainers
  • personal development for trainers: which skills are you looking to develop next?
  • coaching tools, frameworks, questions and skills that trainers can use
  • (more) impactful opening & closing
  • building trust
  • follow up and deeper impact
  • designing activities for more insights
  • how to encourage more ownership in participants

For the each group, the program is custom built for the trainers who join, with custom chosen topics, custom preparation tasks and exercises.

Who is this program for?

TTT Advanced by Trainers Toolbox is primarily designed for the Train-the-Trainer by Trainers Toolbox alumni who, after few years of delivering trainings and putting their TTT knowledge in practice, wish to deepen their experiences and skills. 

To build diversity of experiences, each group has a couple of spots for TTT graduates of other TTT programs.


The ideal time to attend is 1-3 years after finishing the TTT  (although that is not a strict rule).

The prerequisite for attending this course is to have finished TTT at Trainers Toolbox to assure all participants have a
similar understanding of the learning process.

Upcoming events: TTT Advanced on Facilitation in autumn 2023

Facilitation is a crucial skill for every trainer – it allows us to deliver a learning experience that is deep and engaging, creates stronger ownership and participation from the learners’ side, and makes us more flexible and adaptable to the needs & preferences of the group.

Yet it is one of the most challenging skills for a trainer to develop – while it has some clear principles, overall it feels more like an art than science. Becoming a great facilitator comes only with experience – and building that experience and improving is a never ending journey.

That is why our TTT Advanced in 2023 will focus on the art of facilitation: practicing our facilitation skills, gaining feedback and ideas from experienced group of trainers, and exploring new tools, approaches and techniques to become better facilitators.

The training will be designed in a way that each trainer (they will be 10) will have a topic related to facilitation to prepare and deliver/facilitate. This way, we will go through diverse topics and facilitation styles, and each person will get a chance for feedback from experienced peers. There will also be topics that I (Mirna) will be facilitating and many discussions and exchanges of best tools and practices. 

Apart from basing the event on practice of facilitation and personal feedback, some of the topics we will be covering:: 

  • focusing a lot on how to get better at diverging, and especially at converging

  • the art of asking great questions (different type of questions, being goal oriented in asking questions, perhaps designing set of questions for a specific case study)

  • sharing the best books about facilitation and short summary of the best insights from each

  • briefly touching on space facilitation and visual/graphic facilitation 

  • different dimensions of facilitation (eg group vs individual, goal vs process, pace etc) and exploring each in reflection on their own style as facilitator 

  • tips for more participation and ownership

  • using your voice and body language as facilitation tools

Sounds like the right experience for you to join? Sign up, and bring your facilitation skills to a whole new level!

Logistics and practical details


Dates for this course: 25. – 26.11.2023. (if you want to participate, but these dates do not suit you, there is still an option to move it to 17. – 19.11., in case the whole groups agrees) + 3h virtual module in evening hours couple of weeks before the live event (tentative date 7.11.2023., to be confirmed with applicants). 


Zagreb (locations depend on preference of interested alumni – so do get in touch and share your preference)


Early Bird price 740 € (for confirmation payment until 10th of September).
Regular price 825 €.
Trainers Toolbox TTT alumni
 have another 10% discount to both prices.

The next Train-the-Trainer Advanced course on the topic of Facilitation will take place in November 2023.

  • engaging and highly interactive program, with a lot of practical exercisesreflection and discussion
  • working in a group of 10 attendees
  • highly customised according to the attendees’ needs, experiences and learning goal

The FEE includes:

  1. 4h virtual module

  2. 2 full days of live training in Zagreb (including materials, training room & coffee breaks, but not acomodation nor lunches) in a small group of up to 10 participants

  3. Training will be customized for your needs and preferences, and include customized tasks to which you will get feedback from peer trainers

Contact us to to explore if this is the right program for you – and to share your preference on location.

If you need help with planning the travel to Zagreb, or any questions related to logistics, don’t be shy to reach out via contact form or signup form.

How did the previous events go?

TTT Advanced on Facilitation – Zagreb, October 2023

Coming soon – will you be joining us for this exciting and insightful learning experience?

TTT Advanced – Zagreb, November 2022

A selection of topics we covered: 

  • advanced facilitation skills 
  • practicing and discussing debriefing
  • storytelling and colorful language
  • career development for trainers
  • personal development for trainers
  • coaching tools and skills that trainers can use
  • (more) impactful opening & closing (and building trust)
  • follow up and deeper impact

About the trainer - Mirna Šmidt

Since graduating from a one-year-long Train the Trainer education in 2008, Mirna kept delivering training and deepening her knowledge and skills as a trainer. Over the past 14 years, she delivered at a range of training events, building extensive experience in “classical” topics such as communication, presentation, teamwork and leadership, but also rich experience in a broad range of positive psychology topics, train advanced trainer tools and events. She is an NLP Master practitioner, as well as a certified coach since 2011, and loves enriching her training with the tools and techniques from these fields.

Having delivered for NGOs and non-profit organisations, startups and startup incubators, as well as conferences and corporate audiences for clients such as Cisco and L’Oreal, and in over 20 countries, Mirna is no stranger to diverse sectors, audience sizes and backgrounds, and able to adjust her training design and delivery, while keeping with evidence-based practices of experiential and adult learning.

Currently, her main focus in training is positive psychology. She is one of the first graduates of Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

As a founder and a head trainer of Happiness Academy, she keeps on building and delivering programs and workshops focused on designing life and career according to her own values and vision, strengthening wellbeing, personal strengths and resilience to challenges. All her programs are built on research-based practices and tools.

Over the years, Mirna delivered fourteen Train the Trainer programs and three Train Advanced Trainer programs, most of them in around 100h in duration and highly international groups of participants.

Mirna also runs Trainers Toolbox, an initiative to share tools and knowledge with trainers around the world.

What participants say?

“I loved being part of TTA co-creation. This is more than a training. More than a personal grow, more than learning new things. It is a place where you connect on value’s level, under Mirna’s magical conceptual design for the training, with like-minded people with and from whom you are learning. It is a learning by doing, where no detail is misplaced. It is a way of practicing of “this is how adults learn”. It is a space of autonomy and accountability. It is a place of beauty and structure.”

Irina Hagiu, Trade Finance Business Practice Manager and a Trainer, Romania

“TTT Advanced gave me great insights into what is possible when you want to create meaningful and fluent workshops. It inspires me everytime to be around people that share the same passion for education but in different niches. This TTT gave me opportunity to learn a lot more about what can I give as a trainer but also how to support myself in the process.
I would reccomend this to all interested in science based, engaging, fun and supportive ways od teaching and training others.””

Maja Zivanovic, trainer for horses & personal development with horses, Croatia

“TTT Advanced is a great opportunity to get in touch with other Trainers. Throughout the event I was able to share and gain experience with the other participants, while exploring new aspects within the world of training and facilitation.

Max Willie Georgi, Pharmacist & Trainer, Germany

“I would highly recommend the TTT Advanced program to anyone who has already enjoyed the fundamental trainer education and really wants to deepen their knowlegde, gain more experience and appreciate a safe space to grow and develop as a trainer/educator.  I loved that we could shape the events according to our wishes and needs. 
As with the first TTT, Mirna created a warm, energetic atmosphere and a lasting learning experience.

Chiara Zeroni, psychologist, Germany

“I would always recommend Mirna’s trainings for trainers! TTT Advanced is my fourth training with Mirna (after TTT, Keys to Virtual Training and Brain-Based Learning) and every time I am still learning and re-learning about trainer methodology, myself and life. Thank you for that, Mirna!

Marija Malkoc Kust, scrum master & agile trainer, Croatia

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