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Category: Effective Training Techniques

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
Spice-Up Virtual Meetings * LEARNING APPS

Spice-Up Virtual Meetings * LEARNING APPS

In light of the Coronavirus, I asked our LinkedIN group for their best suggestions to keep a virtual meetings or learning event fun. Whether you’re working from home, conducting online meetings, webinars, or facilitating remote learning, these tips will serve you well. I’ve synthesized t... Read More
A Perfect DEBRIEF for a Perfect Learning Game

A Perfect DEBRIEF for a Perfect Learning Game

Let’s say you find the perfect learning game—for communication, listening, negotiation, leadership, process improvement, problems solving, critical thinking, time management—then what? Games work because they remove players from their usual setting and create a safe environment to take risks a... Read More
Don’t hate . . . collaborate

Don’t hate . . . collaborate

I grew up in a family of three girls. Although I was fanatical about sports, I was not a sports fan. I was a doer, not a viewer. But now, living in New England with my husband and two boys, being a sports fan is not optional. So, as the Patriots fan I’ve become, I… Read More
Want to improve class participation? Start by understanding your goal

Want to improve class participation? Start by understanding your goal

The more engaged students are in the learning process, the more they will absorb. While this makes intuitive sense, the assertion is also backed up by loads of brain research showing that when more areas of the brain are involved in an experience, the more memorable it becomes. So, to maximize learn... Read More
Asking Questions: What we didn’t learn in kindergarten

Asking Questions: What we didn’t learn in kindergarten

I had thought that old adage, “everything we need to learn, we learned in kindergarten” was true. Remember “show and tell,” when children are invited to share a favorite object and talk about why it is meaningful to them? Now I’m not so sure. To improve communication an... Read More
Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

Criticism, Feedback and the Power of Praise

A good leader knows how to give feedback and praise. Just ask Kim Scott, whose TED Talk on Radical Candor, transformed our understanding of what it means to be a good boss. Certainly, criticism may be hard to take, but withholding feedback doesn’t do anyone any favors.  Scott’s “r... Read More
Energize Mini-Trainings at Work

Energize Mini-Trainings at Work

On a recent LinkedIN Conversation in the Effective and Fun Training Techniques group, Jason Hughes asked for some recommended icebreakers, energizers, tips or tools for the face-to-face training of his small team, who generally already know each other. Often, he trains just a couple people at a time... Read More
Making New Friends: Building relationships through communication

Making New Friends: Building relationships through communication

When opposing parties get to the negotiating table, they too often dive into the meat of the deal, and begin arguing for their perspective. We see that in how our government operates today and in how people discuss politics, family matters, work challenges, and more. It’s time to STOP, take a ... Read More