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

Watching 70-20-10 Come Alive in an Unlikely Place

Unless you are in the L&D/Training/Talent Development world, the title of this post will probably leave you scratching your head. Who am I kidding - it's probably leaving many L&D people confused... If you're not familiar with the 70-20-10 concept, let's break it down: Simply put, 70-20-10 is a methodology implying that the most effective … Continue reading Watching 70-20-10 Come Alive in an Unlikely Place

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

Trick Out My PowerPoint: Episode 2

Every second of the day, PowerPoint is used in approximately 350 presentations around the world. To put that into perspective, there are more PowerPoint presentations born every second than babies. If you’re planning to use PowerPoint (along with 30,240,000 other people every day), it’ll be important that your slides can stand out and be memorable. … Continue reading Trick Out My PowerPoint: Episode 2

Pros and Cons of Using Paper-Based Training Materials

Ah, the training binder. An irrefutable repository for all things both relevant and irrelevant. If you've attended or facilitated a training session within the past century, chances are good that you know what I'm talking about. The thick, encyclopedia of information that is probably sitting on your shelf right now, collecting dust. Or maybe it's being … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Using Paper-Based Training Materials

Trainers: Take Ownership of Your Development!

Not long ago, I made the statement that sometimes learning professionals are so busy developing others in their organizations, that they often neglect their own development. Then I made a comparison to the old saying, "the cobbler's children who have no shoes."  I mentioned this to my friend Brian over at Train Like a Champion, … Continue reading Trainers: Take Ownership of Your Development!

Meet my new friends – Lesson.ly!

Have you heard of Lesson.ly? This is an exciting tech startup, based in Indianapolis (where I happen to live). The good folks at Lesson.ly are doing some pretty exciting things in the learning and onboarding industry. If you have worked in the corporate Learning & Development space, chances are you've dealt with sophisticated systems, cumbersome … Continue reading Meet my new friends – Lesson.ly!

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

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

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?