Tip #951: Manage Your Holiday Stress Before It Manages You!

Over the river to grandmother’s house- we have an idea in our mind about how the holiday should be. But planning, shopping, baking, wrapping gifts, and preparing the house all take a toll. It’s easy to become anxious, worried about creating a perfect, memorable holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some […]

Tip #950:  How to Make Learning Sweet

There is an old Talmudic (Jewish) custom. When a child goes to study the Torah (which is a religious text) they have the child touch a page of the Torah and then dip their finger in honey to learn that learning is sweet. There are so many ways to make learning sweet. Taken literally, you […]

Tip #949: Brief Virtual Training is a Waste of Time

I’m so tired of seeing 30- and 60-minute virtual programs that promise new skills. New skills don’t happen just because someone tells you something. New skills also don’t happen just because someone asks you what you think. New skills require immediate reinforced practice that results in changed behavior. Virtual program platforms enable trainers to engage […]

Tip #948: Classroom Training Outperforms E-learning 16 to 1

E-learning has its advantages. But, as Daniel R Tobin writes in Chief Learning Officer, it pales in comparison to the advantages of face-to-face instructor-led training. Tobin identifies 10 advantages. I’ve added six more. Focus Participants are better able to focus on what is being taught because there is less distraction. Confidentiality The instructor can create […]

Tip #947: Why It Is Good Business to Take Time for Team Training

Employees in a team are expected to perform effectively, both as individual contributors and as members of the team. Team training can provide the tools and build the skills necessary to ensure a productive and harmonious team. What can happen if the team does not receive training? Team members will operate independently instead of taking […]

Tip #946:  The Case for Ability and Experience, not Degrees

Do you hire people based on their proven ability to perform the job or just because they have an academic degree? Certainly, attaining an academic degree indicates positive character traits, such as commitment and persistence to achieve a goal. However, degrees do not automatically make an individual better at what they do. The deciding factor […]

Tip #945: The Three Questions to Answer for an Effective Training Program

If you are responsible for finding a training program for your organization, you need to speak with a training provider who will ask you three key questions: First: Who is the target audience? Training has to be designed with the target audience in mind. The training provider needs to know the following about the intended […]

Tip #944: The Trainer’s Nightmare: One Solution

It is a trainer’s nightmare: you realize you have misjudged the timing and run out of content and learning activities, while there are still two hours left in the training day! Don’t panic! If you can’t simply let the participants leave early and you want to make the learning experience as rich and useful as […]

Tip #943: Supervisors are Essential to Employee Training Success

Training can’t happen in a vacuum. Unless supervisors are involved before and after a training program, it is unlikely that any employee behavior will change. There are eight places in the training process where supervisors can have an enormous impact: Needs assessment: The supervisor is in the best position to identify employee development needs or […]

Tip #942:  Three Steps to Trainer Credibility

“To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.”  Hellmut Walters Trainers do not have instant credibility simply because they are the trainer. There are three actions that the trainer needs to take. Explain the basis for statements and beliefs  Trainers who have […]

Tip #941: Move Over, Kirkpatrick. There’s a New Game in Town!

“The four-level Kirkpatrick-Katzell model is a clear and present danger. It sends numerous harmful messages.” Will Thalheimer If you want to know what those harmful messages are, the information is on pages 7-10. Will Thalheimer has developed The Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model, which is designed to help us determine whether our evaluation methods provide valid feedback. […]

Tip #940: How to Take Control of Yourself and Your Life!

“Being assertive does not mean attacking or ignoring others’ feelings. It means that you are willing to hold up for yourself fairly-without attacking others.” Albert Ellis Are you tired of hiding your feelings and opinions, being overlooked, or always being expected to just go along with whatever others want to do? Do you find it […]