Tip #930: Make Experiential Learning Feel Safe for Introverts

“Everyone should have an opportunity to learn in a positive environment, to enjoy the learning process, and feel comfortable and content with it.”  Barry Saide In a recent article in Entrepreneur, Angela Cox identifies a number of problems with many gamification-style learning experiences. She notes that they can marginalize and make introverts feel unsafe and […]

Tip #929:  It’s Good to Admit: “I Don’t Understand”

“Confused? Confusion is good, it’s an excellent place to learn something new from.”  Edward R. Murrow Trainers often say with great sincerity that “There are no stupid questions.” Despite this clear encouragement, some learners are still hesitant to ask a question that will let others know they are having difficulty. This is a shame because […]

Tip #928: When You Have to Scrape the Egg Off of Your Face

“Everyone has embarrassing moments at work-it shows we’re all human. The best way to handle awkward moments is to gracefully move on, and, if possible, try to find the humor in the situation.” Diane Domeyer I thought I had a clever way to make a point in a time management class for new supervisors. I […]

Tip #927: For Teachers, Who are Our Heroes

“Teachers can make such a profound impact on our lives and should be honored as heroes.”  Rainn Wilson Here is a beautiful description of the impact teachers can have on our children. The Heart of a Teacher 
 by Paula Fox  The child arrives like a mystery box with puzzle pieces inside;
  some of the […]

Tip #926: Why I Have Pliers in the Kitchen

“If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking.”  Paul Arden A lot of frozen foods (vegetables, for example) are packaged in zip-lock bags. They’re supposed to be easy to open, but I often find myself struggling (and yelling, if truth be told). The plastic always wins. […]

Tip #925: Active and Playful Learning is Appreciated Everywhere

“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. “ G. K. Chesterton Even after all of these years of setting up training rooms to engage as many senses as possible, I still get nervous about how well it will be received by certain audiences. A case in point: […]

Tip #924: In Praise of Pipe Cleaners

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” Amelia Barr  By far, the very best tactile object that trainers can provide on their participants’ tables is the simple pipe cleaner. Pipe cleaners are colorful. They come in all of the colors of the rainbow. They are pliable. They can be twisted into an infinite […]

Tip #923: Cross-Generational Friendly Organizations

“The beauty of the world lies in the mixing, managing, acceptance, and appreciation of generational differences.” Ty Howard Successful cross-generational-friendly organizations do six things that make their environments generationally comfortable, according to Generations at Work, by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, and Bob Filipczak. These organizations: Accommodate employee differences. They treat their employees as they do […]

Tip #922:  Lesson Design Distilled Down to Four Key Questions- Part Two

“A good plan is like a road map. It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” Donald Judd There are four lesson design questions that can help a trainer design an engaging and effective learning program, no matter what the format is: (1) What specific, observable, and measurable results are […]

Tip #921:  Lesson Design Distilled Down to Four Key Questions- Part One

“Concentrating on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended. “ Ted W. Engstrom There are four lesson design questions that can help a trainer design an engaging and effective learning program, no matter what the format is: (1) What specific, observable, and measurable results are desired? (2) […]

Tip #920: How to Help Participants Discover the Benefits of a Training Program

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” W.B. Yeats A training program will be more successful if the participants are committed to learning because they recognize how the training will benefit them. This is a determination that they need to make for themselves. If the trainer simply tells […]

Tip #919: Are You a Dinosaur, Too?

“We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out.” Colin Mochrie I feel like a training dinosaur. I was a classroom trainer happy with overhead transparencies until l had to learn how to create and use PowerPoint slides. I was doing just fine until e-learning became the training methodology of choice. […]

Tagged