adult education

Co-Facilitation: It Ain’t as Easy as It Looks

February 16, 2015

Co-Facilitation Takes Planning and Practice

Co-facilitation is challenging. I’d suggest more difficult that making a presentation or teaching a lesson on your own. But when you prepare well, it has many benefits for you and the audience. Here are …

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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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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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Is There Any Proof?

January 11, 2013

Every entrepreneur, in my experience, has something related to being in business that they would rather avoid. It could be accounting, managing their website, or pricing products and services. For me, cleaning the bathroom fixtures once sounded like more fun …

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Any Love at Work?

January 10, 2013

This week I am teaching three classes of MBA students at the University of New Brunswick. We are working with Kolb’s learning styles model (see Monday’s blog), determining how we learn, seeing what other styles frustrate us, …

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Who Here Wants to Listen to Me Talk for the Next 8 Hours?

December 10, 2012

I often begin my training sessions with that question. Sometimes people look at me strangely with half smiles because they are afraid that they are supposed to reply, “Oh me! Me please! I want to listen to you for 8 …

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