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Training Superheroes have Trainers’ Super Powers

Training Superheroes have Trainers’ Super Powers

We need more super heroes. Not the kind you’re thinking of — that can leap over a tall building in a single bound, defy gravity, move mountains, or see through walls. No, we need more real life training superheroes. Maybe we already have them and we just have to take time to notice. They... Read More
Nuts and Bolts of Applying Brain Science to Teaching

Nuts and Bolts of Applying Brain Science to Teaching

I’m always on the lookout for ideas that apply knowledge of how the brain works to specific teaching and facilitation techniques. So, my interest was piqued when I came across Daniel Willingham’s article, “Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think.“* He explained that 16 years ... Read More
The Neuroscience of Success at Work

The Neuroscience of Success at Work

When talking with Melissa Thompson of HarcourtHealth, I was reminded of the unique benefit that comes with my job–staying on top of the latest neuroscience research on what makes people successful at work.  Our conversation prompted her article in Inc. Magazine, 3 Things Successful People Do... Read More
Quick Stand-up Sit-Down Energizer

Quick Stand-up Sit-Down Energizer

I’m always on the look out for a quick energizer and this IS a quickie. In under a minute, he gets folks up and out of their seats, generates a few laughs, refocuses their minds. It doesn’t take much!... Read More
Halloween Candy as a training "treat"

Halloween Candy as a training "treat"

Make the most of Halloween in your training sessions this week. Break the ice: ask your group what their favorite Halloween candy is.  Let them know that even though yours is “Candy Corn” you’ll try hard not to make any more “corny” jokes. Enhance participation: toss a... 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
Two Truths. One Lie.

Two Truths. One Lie.

Three statements; one is not true: 1) I believe in icebreakers. 2) Good icebreakers are easy to find. 3) “Two truths and a Lie” can be a good icebreaker. If you asked me last year, I’d say there were two lies in the three statements above and only one truth. I have to admit, I… <... Read More
9 Ways to increase student engagement

9 Ways to increase student engagement

As I culled through this week’s Marshall Memo I was pleased to find a bunch of suggestions to increase student participation. I was even more pleased that “Dry-erase boards” made the list. I believe it was about 10 years ago that we were sitting in a Trainers Warehouse product meet... Read More
Find the Flow

Find the Flow

As my son’s 4th-grade teacher reminded me at Parents’ Night, “learning should be just a little uncomfortable.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Concept The concept, introduced by Hungarian professor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, suggests that students are most engaged when a ... Read More
Give ’em a break

Give ’em a break

I know you’re reluctant to take a break because you have too little time to get through all the material you need to cover.  I’ve been there too. However, all of the research (referenced below) points to the same conclusion — your group will actually retain more if you do take a b... Read More