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Goodbye Germs – Sanitize Fidget Toys!

Goodbye Germs – Sanitize Fidget Toys!

At Trainers Warehouse, every so often a customer will ask how to clean their Fidget Toys. We typically offer a handful of helpful but untested tips. However, in response to the coronavirus outbreak and Jenny Gross’ New York Times article “How to Stop Touching your Face,” we decided... Read More
Time Management Tips

Time Management Tips

I’ve been following a rich discussion on Time Management on the T&D Training and Development LinkedIN group. One of the group members recently asked if there was a good way to capture all of the great tips located within the discussion.  So, in the interest of Time Management, I took it u... Read More
Not Another Icebreaker!

Not Another Icebreaker!

This article appeared in eLearn Magazine in March, 2011. I was recently privy to a conversation about icebreakers—folks were exploring whether icebreakers are successful or not. I learned a lot about why some people love them and a lot of people hate them. On Thin Ice Lots of people hear the word ... Read More
15-minute countdown timer

15-minute countdown timer

We found this FREE download-able 15-minute countdown timer that works right in PowerPoint and found out we could share it with other trainers.  You’re welcome to use it anytime, anywhere! Customize with your own logo! Requires PowerPoint to edit/customize.... Read More
Pipe Cleaner Team Building Game

Pipe Cleaner Team Building Game

I just happened upon the Pipe Cleaner Team Building Game, a popular  STEM development challenge created by Dr. Laura Bottomley & Heather Smolensky, of NCSU.  I quickly read through the very clever facilitation notes, and thought the game would also be an excellent, low-cost team building activ... Read More
Simone and Suni’s Psychological Safety Net

Simone and Suni’s Psychological Safety Net

I grew up doing gymnastics. I wasn’t Olympics material, but I was pretty good at the time and even won a few medals at state competitions. Over the years, I certainly did my share of falling off the beam and the bars. I practiced hundreds of backflips before I could do one that didn’t look… Read More
No gift of the gab? No Worries!

No gift of the gab? No Worries!

Some people have the gift of the gab . . . and some us just don’t.  Sometimes I wish I did. When it comes to conversation, I suppose I’d say that I’m comfortable with silences and that I prefer quality to quantity. But I do relish rich, meaningful, and insightful conversations.  ... Read More
Change Management Exercises & Activities

Change Management Exercises & Activities

Several weeks ago, I asked the folks in our new Trainers Community, “What’s your greatest professional challenge?” From the dozens of replies, a single theme emerged: CHANGE. I suppose this won’t come as a surprise to anyone. The training industry has changed as profoundly as eve... Read More
Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Have you come across a Photo Deck recently? You know those decks of innumerable glorious and provocative images? Perhaps you’ve seen them and wondered what use they might be. Photo Decks are popular for their huge variety of applications, especially as conversation starters. Some trainers and ... Read More
Bloom’s Taxonomy – one step at a time

Bloom’s Taxonomy – one step at a time

Spring is here, at last. In the Northeast, where I live, the flowers are finally in bloom.  It makes me smile every time I drive down the block.  So, it seems fitting to reintroduce Bloom’s Rose, a model for learning that was developed in 1956. What does it mean for us today?  It reminds us... Read More