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Our “Cheese” is Moving

Our “Cheese” is Moving

Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved my Cheese allegory was first published in 1998 but is no less poignant today than it was 18 years ago, perhaps more so.  It’s the story of two mice (Sniff and Scurry) and two humans (Hem and Haw) who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone... Read More
Speak with conviction

Speak with conviction

Enjoy this humorous and motivational poem by Taylor Mali, on how we speak. Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.  ... Read More
Shake off the nervousness

Shake off the nervousness

Even seasoned trainers feel it — that edge of nerves that accompanies you to each new session or presentation. Despite my experience as a circus clown (yup, it’s true) and negotiations trainer, I still get a buzz of nervous energy at the start of an event if I’m training, facilitat... Read More
Keeping TABBs

Keeping TABBs

I’m always on the lookout for good “closers” to ensure that information learned at a training event, sticks.  This model was posted on LinkedIN by Kavita Iyer. Kavita asks participants to “Keep TABBs” on their learning. That is: Takeaway from the ‘event’ Ac... Read More
Creative Commerical

Creative Commerical

I’m always on a lookout for activities that are content-related and use the whole brain. This one, posted by a LinkedIN colleague, struck me as a wonderful method to reinforce material that was previously covered in the course and allow learners to “teachback” key learning points.... Read More
Wait! Slow down.

Wait! Slow down.

Don’t be too quick to call on the first hand that goes up. By doing so, you signal to other students that they should stop thinking of an answer. Experts suggest that you extend your wait time to 5 to 10 seconds! This assertion is supported in several research reports, including: Journal of Re... Read More
Starting off right

Starting off right

Because first impressions matter, a good start to your training session can make a world of difference in the overall effectiveness of the learning event.  Several trainers have commented on the ways they prime participants for learning before they even begin. Before the Meeting Starts… Be in... Read More
Celebrate learning  . . . Olympics-Style Training

Celebrate learning . . . Olympics-Style Training

I’ll say it again. I love the Olympics!  I love watching the athletes’ concentration, performance, and emotions. I’m fascinated by how the human body adapts to different sports. I wonder at that commitment and training it takes to become an Olympic athlete. I’ve also thought... Read More
Asking the Right Questions

Asking the Right Questions

I’ve always loved this teacher quote by Josef Albers. It reminds us that as teachers and trainers, we are merely facilitators of learning. We need to focus on asking the right questions; questions that will help students discover learning on their own. Our job is not to simply feed learners a ... Read More
Creating Your Corporate Training Library

Creating Your Corporate Training Library

LIBRARIES.  I don’t know if you can refer to collections of games, training courses, and toys as a “corporate training library,” but I can’t think of a better word for these essential assortments of tools and resources. What is a library anyway? I worry that the word “... Read More