What Food Network taught me about facilitation skills

I love Food Network. I never get tired of it. In fact, I could probably find more time for writing this blog (and a number of other things) if I watched less Food Network on Saturday mornings with a cup or three of coffee. Ages ago - probably at least 5 years ago - I … Continue reading What Food Network taught me about facilitation skills

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The easiest tweak you can make to your training and orientation programs…

How many of you put out candy for training attendees? I know we do at the day job...in fact, the photo above is a shot of my cart on a recent stock-up trip at my local Sam's Club. Even when the cost of doing business continues to soar, this is an expense that we have … Continue reading The easiest tweak you can make to your training and orientation programs…

10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That Will Make You a Better Facilitator

Do you remember the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Recently, I came across a copy of Robert Fulghum's inspirational collection of essays and remembered a high school teacher had a poster with excerpts from this book in her classroom. While I recall looking at the poster, and even reading … Continue reading 10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That Will Make You a Better Facilitator

Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience

There was some interesting news in the music and tech industries this past week: Madonna previewed her new Living for Love video. Via Snapchat. Now, depending on your musical tastes, demographics and social media preferences, you may or may not have paid any attention to this headline. As one who is snugly nestled in that … Continue reading Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience

3 Facilitation Tips from Jimmy Fallon

Confession: I have been a little smitten with Jimmy Fallon for quite some time – since he was  a young SNL player, giggling uncontrollably during sketch after sketch. His easygoing, likeable style has kept me coming back, show after show. I was thrilled when he visited Indy for a week to host the Late Show when our … Continue reading 3 Facilitation Tips from Jimmy Fallon

How Being a Mom Made Me a Better Facilitator

Today - January 28th - is my daughter's 18th birthday. As this milestone has approached, I have been exceedingly reflective (read: sappy and emotional). Naturally, I've been thinking of how quickly she has grown up and what an incredible young adult (gulp) she has become, and how many exciting things are in store for her … Continue reading How Being a Mom Made Me a Better Facilitator

Phase(Two)Learning Encore: Assume Nothing

phase(two)learning is taking a week off...so for today's post, please enjoy this encore of a favorite phase(two)learning post from 2012. See you next week! This afternoon, I went to my friendly neighborhood convenience store for some caffeinated refreshment (if you’ve checked out my About tab, you’ll remember that I have a “wicked caffeine addiction”).  While … Continue reading Phase(Two)Learning Encore: Assume Nothing