Top 10 Posts About Training and Facilitation Skills

It’s summer vacation for phase(two)learning! Please enjoy this recap of some favorite phase(two)learning blog posts! Look for fresh, new content returning next week!   Last week, we recapped the Top 10 phase(two)learning blog posts about onboarding - I hope you enjoyed it! Since the other topic I love to explore in this blog is training and … Continue reading Top 10 Posts About Training and Facilitation Skills

The Night the Lights Went Out in Training

Confession: I've had this song running through my head for the past few days...and yes, it's (slightly) before my time. Why have I been thinking about this? Not because Vicki Lawrence (or her Mama's Family alter-ego) made an appearance in my office. And not because I was training one night in Georgia, or "hung an … Continue reading The Night the Lights Went Out in Training

The Introvert’s Guide to Being an Awesome Facilitator

  I spend a lot of time in front of a group; but truth be told, I'm an introvert. If I'm given the choice of being in a large, social setting or having a quiet conversation with a couple of colleagues, I'll choose the quiet conversation every time. Sometimes, it seems like being a presenter, … Continue reading The Introvert’s Guide to Being an Awesome Facilitator

Making an Emotional Connection to Your Learners

Last week, I was on a flight from Phoenix to Indianapolis. Seated directly behind me was a woman holding an adorable 6-month old baby boy. Seated directly across from me was a gentleman holding an adorable 6-month old baby girl. Twins. Many people would cringe at the thought of being seated by not one, but … Continue reading Making an Emotional Connection to Your Learners

Flip Charts Aren’t Dead (so maybe we should get better at using them?!)

Ah, my years-long love affair with the flip chart. Even with the countless tech tools that are at our fingertips, sometimes you just can't beat the simple value of a good flip chart during a training session or workshop. Despite technical difficulties and dead batteries, the dependable flip chart is always there, a go-to visual … Continue reading Flip Charts Aren’t Dead (so maybe we should get better at using them?!)

3 Tips to Facilitate With Confidence (even when you’re not an expert)

Have you ever been asked (or instructed) to facilitate a training session, and you're NOT the expert in the room? I think we've all been there at one time or another. It's easy to let the nerves or negative self-talk take over - a little too easy, right? How do you project authority on the … Continue reading 3 Tips to Facilitate With Confidence (even when you’re not an expert)

Trainers, remember: Context Before Content

Recently, a friend and fellow blogger asked the question, "Is nothing sacred?" I'll give you a moment to check out the link... (insert hold music) According to this post, the answer was an emphatic no. I would have to agree. Coincidentally, I was at church this past weekend, when I had my own "Is nothing sacred?" … Continue reading Trainers, remember: Context Before Content