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 #918: Skills Aren’t Hard or Soft

“Let’s call them real skills, not soft.” Seth Godin I’m tired of the distinctions between soft skills and hard skills. They are all real skills, so that distinction doesn’t help. Hard skills are considered technical competencies learned through education or training, while soft skills are considered more subjective personality traits that you are either born with […]

Tip #917: Why the Myth of Learning Styles Persists

“Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.” Karl Popper In their 2006 book, Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Load, Ruth Clark, Frank Nguyen, and John Sweller made the startling announcement that “learning styles are one type of unproductive instructional mythology pervasive in the training profession. At best, most […]

Tip #913: How to Manage Conflict

“The Law of Win/Win says, ‘Let’s not do it your way or my way; let’s do it the best way’.” Greg Anderson Raise your hand if you enjoy conflict! Not many takers? You may get nervous or upset when faced with potential conflict. You may try to avoid addressing the issue or placate the other person […]

Tip #911:  Why We Need to Go Back to In-Person Training

“ILT learning can adjust to the needs of the learner, it helps build personal relationships and dialogue, and develops collaborative learning.”  AllenComm I recently read a comment that in-person training is never coming back. To me, that’s like saying in-person communication is never coming back. We are social beings, and we need and use social […]

Tip #908: The Persistent Myth of Learning Styles

Photo by Christina Morillo from Pexels “There are 3 kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” Will Rogers   What is it about the idea of learning styles? It has been proven that there […]

Tip #904: Be a Lamp, a Lifeboat, or a Ladder

Photo by Nuno Obey from Pexels   “If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.”  Buddha I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season full of joy and laughter. May we begin the new year with hope, health, and healing. May we value and treat each other with […]

Tip #901: A Predictive Level 1 Evaluation

“The real goal of classroom assessment is to improve student performance, not merely audit it.” David Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson Kirkpatrick’s Level 1 evaluation has often been characterized as the “feel good” evaluation since it measures participant satisfaction with a training program. Unfortunately, it is the most used, most subjective, and least useful gauge […]

Tip #890:  Rethinking Learning Evaluation

“Learning is the relatively permanent change in knowledge or behavior that is the result of experience.”  Stephen Robbins There is a new model of evaluation in town: the eight-level Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (LTEM) developed by Dr. Will Thalheimer. It is designed to help organizations and learning professionals determine if their evaluation methods are effective in […]

Tip #889: Avoiding Inattentional Blindness

“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” Bill Watterson How many times does the letter “o” appear in the following sentence? “The brain filters out objects that we’ve seen many times before when they are assumed not to be relevant to a current goal or task.” The correct answer is eight […]

Tip #883: The Walking Tree

“In a tree there is a spirit of life, a spirit of growth, and a spirit of holding its head up.“ Robert Henri We typically think of trees as being solid and immovable, rooted to one spot. However, the cashapona is an evergreen palm tree in the tropical Central and South American rainforests that “walks.” […]

Tip #879:  Facing My Imposter Syndrome

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“We all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end soon.” David Carr I don’t feel like a fraud, but I am doubting myself. I have tried to be a thought leader in learning and development by writing and publishing these Laurel Learning Tips. […]

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