Last week we featured a list of 20 training activities. This week I spoke at ATD ICE about how to implement those activities into a training session in the correct way. If you weren’t in San Diego for the conference (or if you were, but for some reason didn’t attend my fabulous session), here is a recap of what we did. Continue reading
Training activities can be fun. Training should be engaging. Training must be meaningful.
I have been asked to design many training modules and have worked on several teams that value the fun aspect of training over the other two aspects I mentioned. I like a fun training as much as the next person, however meaningful and engaging training is paramount in training designing. Continue reading
Last week I had the opportunity to present at Learning Solutions on controlling your narrative. Did you miss it? Well then, let me tell you a story…
Driving down the highway last winter, I saw a message board that said there had been 190 fatalities on the Montana highways that year. I asked my husband what I am supposed to do with that information. Continue reading
Many people find the six dirtiest words in a training setting to be: “Now let’s do a role play!”
There are many reasons people don’t like role play, and many of those reasons are legitimate. Often people don’t have enough context to carry on an effective scenario. Often the role play arrives at a happily-ever-after sort of conclusion that is neat and easy to wrap up in a training setting, but not actually realistic at all. Often people don’t like getting up in front of all their colleagues… and then receive feedback.
There’s gotta be a better way. Continue reading
The menus on conference web pages often have a tab that leads you to information on how to convince your boss to send you to their conference. I have never had to sell the value of a training conference to my superiors, but I do understand that it is important to get as much out of these very expensive experiences.
Goal Setting for Training Conferences
Learning Solutions is coming in a few short weeks, and as I finish preparations for my session on Harnessing the Power of the Narrative, I am working to focus my goals in attending this training conference. As a first-timer at Learning Solutions, I want to dive in with a clear set of objectives. Continue reading
You’ve been asked to give a presentation and it’s time to begin mapping out your thoughts.
I’ve observed this exact scenario play out with presenters in small nonprofits and enormous Fortune 500 companies, and I’ve noticed a trend that makes my heart sink. Continue reading
I had a discussion about the book Quiet Power by Susan Cain with my daughters’ ballet teacher early this week. This book is a follow up to Cain’s powerful book Quiet, which takes a look at being an introvert in a world that favors extroverts. Quiet Power is a look at the secret strengths of introverted kids. Cain sees extroverts as people who are energized by the external world and introverts as people who are energized more by their internal world. Continue reading
When I was younger, I used to love Valentine’s Day. I loved decorating a cereal box with construction paper to serve as my “mailbox”, and I certainly loved seeing the different Valentines that got dropped into my box. I’d hope for one with Star Wars or G.I. Joe… though I also loved the ones with puns and jokes… and the best ones came with blow pops or Skittles attached.
Every once in a while, in an office, I’ll find a fun Valentine sitting on my computer when I come back from a meeting or perhaps some team will have gotten organized and left a Valentine in everyone’s mailbox in the mailroom. Getting a Valentine still makes me smile.
If they still make you smile, today’s blog might serve to help spread cheer and smiles around your office this Valentine’s Day. Below are five training Valentines Continue reading
Who is a presenter?
I am an instructional designer and a facilitator, I am a presenter.
My sister is a director at a sustainable energy non-profit, she is a presenter.
My husband is a Civil Engineer for the department of transportation, he is a presenter.
The difference between my job and the other two I mentioned is Continue reading