February 15, 2017

For a good percentage of corporate trainers, facilitators and learning & development professionals, you might find yourself taking your training course to either a customer's site or to a neutral location (such as a hotel). Because of that, you often have to think abou...

February 10, 2017

As a corporate trainer or instructor, you can do your participants an incredible service by making their time with you and your course fun. And yes, I firmly believe fun is possible in any course and by any instructor. Yes, even you!

There are three types of instructors...

January 19, 2017

You've taught your course all day and now you're almost at the end. The only thing left to do is to test your students on what they have learned...you know, discover what new neuronal connections have formed in their brains. You've got the standard test that your compa...

January 3, 2017

Back in Feb 2016, I was tapped out with training blog post ideas. I just couldn’t get my head (or more importantly, my heart) around any topics that were substantive or relevant. 

Feeling alone and lost, I surrendered. I gave up.

I stopped writing this blog and walked aw...

December 30, 2016

In Oct 2013, I stood in line for the Tower of Terror ride at Disney World. With me were my wife, and two kids, 8 and 10 at the time. It was our kids' first trip to Disney, and my 8-yr-old daughter was eager to ride (she is our little daredevil whose been doing thrill r...

December 30, 2016

Our participants come into our training course with an agenda of what they want to see, hear and learn. Unfortunately, that agenda is locked away in their brains. So how can we get to it to find out what they want? We could ask them, but we'll likely not get the full s...

December 29, 2016

While working in the Training & Documentation group at a large telecom company, I attended the 2000 Online Learning Conference to find out what was new in online media.

Somehow, I stumbled into a standing-room only presentation being given by Roger Schank. I wasn’t awar...

December 29, 2016

The following is - incredibly and unbelievably - a true story about my unique experience with a training vendor.

In 2010, I was managing a very small training team, and our primary focus was on developing and supporting the training we provided to our external customer...

December 29, 2016

I had just been promoted into the role of Training Manager for our division and my first task was to redesign the 4-hour Intro to our Company workshop that our sales people presented to contractors.

So, I drove from Atlanta to Louisville, KY to see one of our sales mana...

December 29, 2016

What if I told you that there was a way to easily identify a participant's individual teaching style, and that it only takes 99 seconds? Would you believe me?

It can be done, and I have successfully used this technique for the last 7 years. Better yet, it has proven to...

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