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…

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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

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

Tech Tools for Training

Here's an exciting little nugget: I was thrilled to contribute an article for this month's issue of T+D magazine. The topic? "Tech Tools for Training". As a longtime supporter of using cell phones and other devices in training sessions, this was a fun topic to explore. The article includes 8 easy-to-use apps and tools, as well as suggestions … Continue reading Tech Tools for Training

If Trainers Were Listed on Yelp, How Would You Be Rated?

I'm just coming back home from a few days in a log cabin outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Ever been there? After a couple of days in the wilderness, I learned that this pretty much sums me up: Who am I kidding? I've known this all along...I'm not exactly an outdoorsy girl. It was a great trip, … Continue reading If Trainers Were Listed on Yelp, How Would You Be Rated?

A Lesson in Influence…from Ashton Kutcher?

Lately, I've been all about breaking the rules. Getting people to think outside the box. Trying new things in the classroom. And this week, I learned something: If you don't have influence, none of it really matters. Over the past few days, in a social feed near you, you may have seen links to a … Continue reading A Lesson in Influence…from Ashton Kutcher?

Before Your Training Session: 3 Simple Things to Remember

It's 7:15 a.m.  Your training session is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m.  You arrive in your training room; it is set up and seemingly ready to go.  An amateur trainer might just fire up her laptop, assume everything is ready to roll, and kick back with a cup of coffee for the next 45 … Continue reading Before Your Training Session: 3 Simple Things to Remember