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Why use Training Games?

Why use Training Games?

One recent LinkedIN discussion that drew a lot of interest asked “Why do we use Training Games?”  So many people liked and commented, that I wanted to synthesize the conversation and pull out the highlights. Whether you’re using games to improve communication and listening skills,... Read More
How do you promote core values in your company?

How do you promote core values in your company?

YFS Magazine (Young, Fabulous and Self-employed) ran an article not too long ago on “100 Core Values from 15 Winning Companies.” They looked at a range of companies, including Zappos, Toms Shoes, Whole Foods, Accenture, Teach for America, Rackspace, A Weber, Barnes & Noble, Google, American ... Read More
Ron Gutman and the Hidden Power of Smiling

Ron Gutman and the Hidden Power of Smiling

Over 25 years ago, I joined the circus as a clown and did my best to make people smile and laugh. About 5 years ago, my dad and then business partner wrote an article about the benefits of smiling. Just this year, I launched Office Oxygen, so that people could smile more at work! So,… Read More
Stress and Learning

Stress and Learning

I always get excited when I find hard research that substantiates the use of stress-free learning.  This time I hit a jackpot when I found JW Wilson’s, Cracking the Learning Code.  JW Wilson is the Executive Director of The Advanced Learning Institute, an organization which researches, devel... Read More
Mistakes are Essential to Learning

Mistakes are Essential to Learning

Frederique Autin, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Poitiers in Poitiers, France conducted a study which was published online in APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. In three separate experiments involving over 100 French sixth graders, one group was told that l... Read More
Doodling Works – with Sunni Brown

Doodling Works – with Sunni Brown

I was so happy to come across this great TED talk where Sunni Brown talks about the misconceptions and benefits of doodling. It’s under 6 minutes and worth the watch! Read More Research Shows Doodling is approved!... Read More
Fun DOES work!

Fun DOES work!

I know this Staircase Piano video has become quite popular on You Tube.  The reason I find it intriguing for trainers is because it emphasizes the importance of engaging people by using playful techniques. The takeaway: be bold and confident in your commitment to fun, even if you’re facing pe... Read More
A Vision of Student Life Today

A Vision of Student Life Today

I love this video by the students at Kansas State University. While it was produce many years ago, the increase in online learning makes it especially poignant. How does technology engage, enable, and distract us young people from life? What does student life even look like these days?... Read More
Research shows: Clickers improve attentiveness

Research shows: Clickers improve attentiveness

In a study done at four University of Wisconsin campuses (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, and University of Wisconsin–Whitewater), faculty members and students in courses using clickers were given a survey that assessed ... Read More
Doodling approved by Doodle Research

Doodling approved by Doodle Research

First the Doodle Research Data! Doodling while listening can help with remembering details, rather than implying that the mind is wandering as is the common perception. According to doodle research in a study published in 2009 in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, subjects given a doodling ta... Read More