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 #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 #900: A Trainer’s Toolkit of Resources

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” Alfred Mercier I was just bemoaning the fact that my wall kites are gathering dust as training has become virtual during the pandemic. That got me thinking about everything I like to have available when I do in-person training. It feels very sterile simply sitting at my […]

Tip # 837: Outdated Surveys

“Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world’s population.” Stephen Hawking I just read another article about the importance of lifelong learning and how to encourage and foster it on the job. I have no problem with the content of the article. What I do take issue with […]

Tip #721: Free Image Sites

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” Walt Disney If you’re like me, you’re always looking for great images that help to tell a story and ideally are free! I am passing along information posted by Roger Courville in a recent SpeakerNet News. Pexels.com is right up […]

Tip #690: Why Not Use the Tools We Have?

“If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking.”  Paul Arden This past week, I was faced with a dilemma. The shrimp I wanted to have for dinner was enclosed in a self-sealing bag. You’d think it would have been a simple thing to open it, right? […]

Tip #672: Do You Kahoot?

“My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn’t realize they were learning.” Rick Riordan I always learn something new when I conduct train the trainer sessions and last week was no exception. Have you ever heard of, used or created a Kahoot? Kahoot is […]

Tip #664: Staff Development Options

“It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.”  Queen Elizabeth II Staff development is defined as the improvement of the knowledge and skills of employees within an organization by providing them with training. Organizations that invest in staff development have found that it improves efficiency, improves productivity, […]

Tip #623: Photofunia for Fun Photos

“It’s a visual world and people respond to visuals.” Joe Sacco Here is a wonderful free site where you can put your text or your photos onto a huge variety of photos and then use them in participant materials and/or PowerPoint slides: http://www.photofunia.com This is how Joan Stewart described in SpeakerNet News: “You can put […]

Tip #622: TED-Ed Animated Lessons

“Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.”  Walt Disney I have just learned about a terrific training resource: TED-Ed, subtitled Lessons Worth Sharing. According to its website: “TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to […]

#593: An Email Workaround for Large Files

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“No matter how complicated a problem is, it usually can be reduced to a simple, comprehensible form which is often the best solution.”  An Wang With cartoons, clipart and pictures, my participant materials and PowerPoint slides can get pretty big. For years now, when I have needed to send a client documents that are very […]

Tip #588: An Infographic of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Pictures help you to form the mental mold…” Robert Collier Not being particularly artistic myself, I have never used infographics in training. However, I have just been shown how wonderfully effective an infographic can be. See what you think about this one of Bloom’s revised Taxonomy with verbs, by Mia MacMeekin. Isn’t it wonderful? She has […]