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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
The Best Teacher Supply Guide for Back-to-School

The Best Teacher Supply Guide for Back-to-School

Most teachers are familiar with Back-to-School Classroom Supply Lists. Typically, they included pens, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, notebooks, and the other usual staples that are readily available at office supply stores. These may be perfect for your learners, but unfortunately, they leave t... Read More
Why Can’t Teachers be Funny in School? Encouraging Funny Classroom Activities

Why Can’t Teachers be Funny in School? Encouraging Funny Classroom Activities

We were on vacation this summer and made plans to meet our friend Mike for a drink. Mike happens to be one of the funniest people I know. He’s also a high school math teacher at my sons’ school. Even though both of my boys have graduated from high school, they were dreading the prospect… <... Read More
Learning Golf in my 50s — Lessons for Trainers

Learning Golf in my 50s — Lessons for Trainers

Learning something new is never easy, but it also seems to get harder as we get older. At 57, I decided to take my first golf lesson. While I’ve always been fairly athletic, I’m completely dorky when it comes to arm coordination. My two sons will attest to this as they’ve each trie... Read More
Role Play Activities and Tips for Trainers

Role Play Activities and Tips for Trainers

While many trainers love role-play activities because they can be amazing learning opportunities, participants can find them utterly terrifying. We’ve gathered this bunch of tips to make role-play activities more fun and effective for facilitators and players. In addition, find a range of role... Read More
7 Ways Training is like Growing Grass

7 Ways Training is like Growing Grass

Maybe you have a lawn service. Perhaps you live in a place where the lawn is lush. Or maybe you go to a park to find anything green. For me, growing grass is an annual battle that reminds me of a lot of learning and training. And, just to be clear, I should admit that… Read More
How to Clean your Dry-Erase Whiteboard

How to Clean your Dry-Erase Whiteboard

A quick online search will lead you to dozens of Whiteboard Cleaners. We tried them all! We used them to clean dry-erase “ghosting,” permanent marker, and years of grunge. We tested the dry-erase cleansers on standard whiteboard surfaces, painted-on whiteboards, and whiteboard adhesive f... Read More
Learning from Mistakes – Bloopers, Oops, & Outtakes

Learning from Mistakes – Bloopers, Oops, & Outtakes

I was cruising around some training and coaching websites and noticed Diana Frances’ link to UGLY PHOTOS. I really did “LOL” as I browsed her portraits laden with half-closed eyes and silly expressions—shots that normally get trashed, not posted. While most of us completely avoid showing our... Read More
15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling

15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling

I’m a happy person, a glass-half-full, an optimist. So when I see an article about the benefits of smiling, I can’t help but smile myself. Smiling seems so core to a positive workplace, effective customer service, and successful training. 7 Interesting Facts about Smiling Smiles use 5 to... Read More
Creating a Memorable Debrief

Creating a Memorable Debrief

Several years ago, I attended a two-day marketing conference. At the end, a colleague asked: “So, what are your top takeaways?” Exhausted from sitting, listening, and learning, my brain was so overloaded, I couldn’t quickly gather my thoughts to provide an answer. Compared to confe... Read More