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The tales for training articles explain why stories are so effective.

Stories are neutral, they can inspire and often resonate with people’s values.

The tales for training articles explain why stories are so effective. Stories are neutral, they can inspire and often resonate with people’s values.

These tales for training posts tell stories that you can use in your training activity to encourage values related discussion, explore dilemmas, or performance management scenarios

Developing Wizardry with the Stories We Weave

As a learning designer I believe in the power of stories to sustain attention. Our brains are attracted to the stories we weave in which the characters struggle and eventually surface unknown abilities to triumph over adversity. This is why our Learning by Design course is so successful. It places the learner at the heart of the story, this helps learners to absorb information, connect it to their own experience and make decisions using critical thinking skills to influence outcomes “I have a story to tell you,” is a simple and powerful sentence yet it focuses attention time after time. The [...]

2023-12-29T18:18:37+00:00Categories: Learning Design|Tags: |

The Story Book

 The story book is the name of a folder in that sits in the corner of my office. Take a peep inside and you will find a source of magical stories they are printed on old, yellowing, torn, and decaying paper and while the paper slowly disintegrates the magical power of the story continues to grow. We collect stories; we steal pages from magazines on airlines, in dentist’s waiting rooms, from fish and chip papers and from corporate communications that sit on perfectly polished coffee tables in reception areas. We collect stories that entertain, engage, educate, and enable evaluation. We [...]

2023-12-20T19:49:35+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

This is the story of the Lebanese Tailor. A lawyer and a Lebanese tailor are sitting next to each other in an airport lounge. The lawyer is thinking that Lebanese people are so dumb that he could get one over on them, easily. So the lawyer asks if the Lebanese would like to play a fun game. The Lebanese tailor is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines, and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, and says that the game is a lot of fun. I ask you a question, and if [...]

2023-12-27T21:49:30+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

The Ladder of Inference In Action

The ladder of inference is a simple and yet insightful model that suggests our actions are determined via a causal loop of inference or opinion about a situation based upon a tiny piece of data, and occasionally an absence of data. We choose exclusively to tune into certain data and we ignore the wealth of supplementary data that is available to us. We fail to test the data to validate the conclusion that has formed in a nano second and we form a belief about a person or an event the believe influences our actions. Later in this article I [...]

A man who wasn’t there perception and ambiguity

Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn't there He wasn't there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away... When I came home last night at three The man was waiting there for me But when I looked around the hall I couldn't see him there at all! Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more! Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!) Last night I saw upon the stair A little man who wasn't there He wasn't there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away... [...]

2023-09-04T10:24:49+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

Managing the Classroom Challenger

Managing the classroom challenger. Another article in the tips for trainers series...Imagine the scene, it’s the first day in front of a new group of people, this contract is important to you and you hope that your  training course will attract favourable reviews. You are both positive and confident.   You begin to describe the outcomes and benefits of the course with great enthusiasm and barely make it to the end of your third sentence when you are confronted by the classroom challenger. Fresh out of charm school. A professional heckler! Mr obnoxious clearly has taken an opinion pill and continues [...]

2023-12-31T15:26:57+00:00Categories: Tips for Training|Tags: , |

It aint my job

It ain't my job to sweep the floor Or move the stuff from door to door. It ain't my job to hump a ton Of this and that - it ain't much fun. It ain't my job to wonder why The boss is looking sad of eye. It ain't my job to figure out what he's got to gripe about It ain't my job to give a toss Just what's screwing up the boss. It ain't my job deliveries not met Why should I break into a sweat? It ain't my job to sharpen tools, If others do it, they're [...]

2023-09-04T10:34:37+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

We Are a Team – Everybody Agree?

A team had four members called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure that somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was everybody’s job. Everybody thought anybody could do it, but nobody realized that everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done. We Are a Team - Everybody Agree? What are the lessons? The story reminds me of the behaviours we quite often see in the boardroom scenes in the [...]

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