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…
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
Confession: Sometimes, I'm probably not the best participant in a training class. Not that I don’t WANT to participate or learn, but it’s just too easy for me to observe the facilitator and “compare notes”, rather than participate in what the group is doing. It's not always a bad thing, necessarily...typically, I learn something, take … Continue reading 11 Adult Learner Turnoffs (AKA – don’t be THAT facilitator!)
Several years ago, I participated in a train-the-trainer program to become certified to facilitate a sales training program for my then-day job. As we were mock-facilitating sections of the training, the leader was giving us feedback. She said to me, "I'll bet you were really good at speech class when you were in school." Well... … Continue reading 10 Tips for Facilitators (and why I hate public speaking)
So many of our learning experiences are informal and organic. They aren't necessarily taking place in a corporate classroom; in fact, the majority of learning takes place OUTSIDE the classroom. Over lunch. In meetings. Working on projects. In real life. Now, formal learning isn't going away...but we need to remember that so much happens every … Continue reading Informal Learning is Key