Earlier this month, Train Like A Champion was spotlighted in this article by the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) TD magazine, which has brought some fresh new eyes to this blog.
This seems like a great opportunity to welcome new readers and to thank my seasoned, experienced readers for sticking with me. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on topics and articles through the comment section.
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Following are ten posts from the past year that capture the essence of this blog. If you’re new to Train Like A Champion, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these articles. If you’ve been here for a while, perhaps there’s an article or two from this list that was so good that you just have to read it again.
- Hello. My Name is Brian, and I’m a Training Snob. Ever wonder if you’re taking Malcolm Knowles’ principles of adult learning a bit too far with your friends and co-workers? This article might be for you.
- Trick Out My PowerPoint. A well-designed presentation deserves well-designed visual aids. Phase(Two)Learning’s Michelle Baker and I joined forces to offer some simple ideas that can spruce up the most mundane of PowerPoint presentations.
- Trick Out My PowerPoint: Episode 2. Apparently Michelle and I have a lot of simple ideas that can make significant improvements to your visual aids, because we wrote a second post together.
- A Letter of Thanks to Maya Angelou. When Maya Angelou passed away last May, I wrote about a life lesson I learned from her that made me a better trainer.
- 10 Minutes (7 if you run). On a trip to Japan last spring, I learned a lesson in creating learning experiences and visual aids that are memorable.
- 6 Innovative Ideas Every Presenter Can Learn from A Cup of Noodles. They nourished us (kind of) during our college days. And for those of us who are now presenters and trainers, they can inspire us in surprising ways. This post offers homage to the Cup of Noodles and the man who invented them.
- Solve the Crime of the Century (A Training Murder Mystery). An attendee just keeled over and died. The cause of death? Boredom! Think you have what it takes to find the killer before he or she strikes again? Check out this post, featuring a brief scenario-based elearning module and see what kind of sleuth you really are.
- 18 Places for Training Professionals to Sharpen their Skills. Sometimes we all need some new inspiration and a source of fresh ideas. This post highlights 18 places to find enlightenment and training nirvana.
- 5 Ways to Incorporate More Play into your Next Presentation. Who doesn’t want to play more? Here are five ways to bring more play to your next presentation, regardless of how big your audience may be.
- “ATD” is a pretty lame acronym: 20 alternatives that could have been considered. Yes, ATD did me a HUGE favor by spotlighting my blog. It still doesn’t excuse the lame-o semi-name change they announced to great fanfare last year.
On Monday, January 19, I’ll be back with an article focused on lesson planning for training presentations. If you’re feeling in a particularly helpful mood, I’ll also be asking for some beta testers for an online presentation planning tool that, once it’s out in the public, just might change the way presentations are delivered and holds the potential to eradicate the scourge of boring presentations from the face of this planet.