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Making “Big Talk” Safe

Making “Big Talk” Safe

Big Talk. I loved the expression as soon as I heard it. Enough with “small talk,” let’s shoot for more meaningful conversations. I had been developing probing conversation starters for over 20 years, when I came upon Kalina Silverman’s TED Talk. I was also excited to learn she’s a fell... Read More
Hybrid is the New Gray – Training “P.C.”

Hybrid is the New Gray – Training “P.C.”

What will hybrid work and training look like post-COVID (P.C.)? Honestly, we don’t know. Companies with a vested interest in return-to-in-person work are quick to share their data and projections anticipating a surge back to offices. Organizations that provide online resources are just as spee... Read More
Make “Virtual” Meetings Magnificent!

Make “Virtual” Meetings Magnificent!

We attended HRDQ-U’s webinar with trainer extraordinaire, Cindy Huggett — Converting Classroom Activities to Engaging Virtual Activities. Cindy was chock-full of ideas to make Virtual Meetings Magnificent and we wanted to share with you! “Transform” activities – donR... Read More
Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Photo Decks for Conversation Starters & Memorable Training

Have you come across a Photo Deck recently? You know those decks of innumerable glorious and provocative images? Perhaps you’ve seen them and wondered what use they might be. Photo Decks are popular for their huge variety of applications, especially as conversation starters. Some trainers and ... Read More
Leadership Activities for Challenging Times

Leadership Activities for Challenging Times

Leading a company or any group is hard during “normal” times. The challenge is exponentially more difficult now, as we face the pandemic, political polarization, social unrest, and economic crisis. Every magazine I’ve read recently offers tips for leaders — share your sense o... Read More
Active Listening Exercises Galore!

Active Listening Exercises Galore!

While our library of Communication and Listening Exercises is quite comprehensive, Active Listening is a critical subcategory worthy of deeper exploration. Active listening isn’t just nodding to the speaker. Active listening happens when you’re completely focused on the speaker, taking i... Read More
Staff Appreciation Ideas – COVID-Style

Staff Appreciation Ideas – COVID-Style

One thing that amazes me during the pandemic is the surge in creativity. Creativity abounds in all facets of our economy and, hopefully, we’ve contributed as well. I’ve always liked the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When we see what’s in the works toda... Read More
Goodbye Germs – Sanitize Fidget Toys!

Goodbye Germs – Sanitize Fidget Toys!

At Trainers Warehouse, every so often a customer will ask how to clean their Fidget Toys. We typically offer a handful of helpful but untested tips. However, in response to the coronavirus outbreak and Jenny Gross’ New York Times article “How to Stop Touching your Face,” we decided... Read More