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Afraid? Learn Anyway

February 10, 2015

6 Ways to Help You Learn

I hate learning in front of people. To stand up without preparation where people can watch me make mistakes is hard for me. It’s not my learning style. In fact, it’s one of …

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Please Don’t Be Normal

March 3, 2014

Be Authentic in Public Speaking or Training

The first few times you step in front of a crowd to speak or teach can be daunting. The key to success is to be you.

Think of your favourite teacher from school …

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Taking Training Design to T.O.

November 21, 2013

Training design that gets results

I’m such a geek. I just spent a wonderful week at the national conference of the Canadian Society for Training and Development (workplace training professional association)  in Toronto. It was exciting to discuss training design, …

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Adult Education-ify

August 13, 2013

Adult education principles create effective training

I once worked with a manager who wanted me to adult education-ify an existing three-day training program in a few hours. (Code for take a few days of lectures with the odd activity and …

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Training and the C Word

July 30, 2013

Who Owns the Rights?

Have you ever gone to a meeting and had someone take credit for your work? Annoying, isn’t it? Ever have someone steal money from you? I bet you were not amused.

That’s why I want to …

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Are You Forgetting Someone?

July 4, 2013

Training Needs Assessment’s Key Players

Have a question? Turn to the expert. Makes sense, right? Yet in a training needs assessment  (learning needs analysis), the expert cannot provide the whole picture. …

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Fall Flat on Your Face ~ I Dare You

March 7, 2013

“Even if you fall flat on your face, you’re still moving forward.” Victor Kiam

Taking a risk where you may fall flat on your face is about taking the risk and growing. Imagine how different your life would be if …

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Writing Effective Surveys: 12 Important Tips

February 18, 2013

Effective Surveys ensures the training data you gather is valid

Whether you are preparing a smile sheet to gather information about your staff’s reaction to the training or preparing tools for a needs assessment, create balanced questionnaire or effective surveys. …

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Evaluating Training is More Than Counting Bums in Seats

February 6, 2013

Evaluating training is rare in the corporate world.

Businesses often start and stop ~ if it happens at all ~ somewhere between staff attendance and the so-called ‘smile sheets‘ participants complete at the end of training.

Extensive research …

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Is Training Necessary?

January 28, 2013

Sometimes I get a call from a client who thinks they need training, and training is not the answer.

A needs assessment is key before starting any training project.

People often want to rush by the needs assessment to save …

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