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Spectrain provide trainer tips for busy learning and development professionals. Sometimes they are in the form of stories, and occasionally they are simply “How to” guides to help you to manage a difficult situation.

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For developing trainers you might like to look at the training courses in our managing training and development series

Misplace Mistakes

By |2019-01-29T18:16:49+00:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

Mistakes are the food of learning, provided we reflect on them and consciously consider the errors made.Trial and error learning involves activity in which a variety of responses to solve a task are tentatively tried and some discarded until the correct solution is found and our mistakes are replaced with correct responses. With no trial, there’s [...]

Design Crimes in Learning & Development

By |2019-02-01T10:16:34+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, spectrain, Training and Development|Tags: , , , |

Recently I have been “Optimising” a huge library of learning and development materials for an organisation who wish to transfer traditional teacher-focused learning to a flexible blended approach. The collection of  learning materials has been "designed" by a variety of individuals and consists of a mixture of styles, templates, fonts, this is a mistake the approach [...]

Pond Life Professional Parasites and Plagiarists

By |2019-02-14T10:28:47+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, Training and Development|Tags: , |

I received an email message from a lady in who had been on our Problem Solving Course, energised and enthused by her mastery of the tools and techniques she had recommended the course to her colleagues. Her organisation publishes a schedule for it's in -house courses. This particular course was oversubscribed for many months to come. [...]

The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

By |2019-02-01T19:20:26+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Tips for Trainers Managing the Classroom Challenger

By |2017-01-05T10:29:11+00:00May 8th, 2012|Categories: Competency, Tips for Training, Training and Development|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Media Misdemeanours in the Middle East

By |2019-02-01T11:05:20+00:00September 17th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Learning Design, spectrain, Working in the middle east|Tags: , , , , |

While developing a competency framework for a large telecoms provider in the Middle East I was interviewing middle managers who occupied a range of roles. One manager was involved in marketing the organisations products and services. An aspect of our conversation focused upon advertising and the challenge of appealing to a variety of market segments in [...]