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5 Mission Critical Motives for Meetings and Ways to Make Them Marvelous

5 Mission Critical Motives for Meetings and Ways to Make Them Marvelous

My mind was swimming with ideas on how to gamify work and get more done at work after reading Gamestorming by Dave Gray and Sunni Brown . Meetings continue to get a bad rap, but as we transform meetings from time-wasters to strategic imperatives, the question isn’t whether to meet, but rather ... 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
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
Maslow’s Hierarchy and Learners’ Basic Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy and Learners’ Basic Needs

In his 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation, psychologist Abraham Maslow , [2] proposed the idea that a person’s most basic needs must be satisfied before higher order needs can be addressed. The needs he identified are: Physiological – includes air, food, water, sex, sleep, other factors to... Read More
Wait! Slow down.

Wait! Slow down.

Don’t be too quick to call on the first hand that goes up. By doing so, you signal to other students that they should stop thinking of an answer. Experts suggest that you extend your wait time to 5 to 10 seconds! This assertion is supported in several research reports, including: Journal of Re... Read More
Increase class participation in discussions

Increase class participation in discussions

Every week, Kim Marshall puts together a memo highlighting key stories from a range of publications.  Here is his synopsis of a David Brooks’ recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  It offers great tips to improve class participation and help engage learners in active learning,... Read More
“Seriously, my groups are too serious for this stuff”

“Seriously, my groups are too serious for this stuff”

While many trainers and teachers fully embrace the concepts of fun and interactive training to accelerate the learning process, some pass by our trade show booth or our catalog and lament, “I wish I could use your ‘toys,’ but I teach ___x___. They’re too serious for that.”... Read More