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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 [...]

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Training Tips Are Doodlers Distracted?

Are doodlers distracted? I am a doodler! There....I said it! Are doodlers distracted?......read on to understand how doodling can aid learningretention . I can’t help but doodle, it’s not that I am bored, I am listening to you my doodling is helping me to pay attention, and if you look at my doodles you may notice some association that is linked to what you are saying.  Misunderstood! I am aware that teachers and trainers misinterpret my doodling as failing to pay attention. I have scars ingrained on my memory where you have verbally humiliated me in the classroom and I [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

If you were asked to list the things in life you fear the most, many people say that the fear of speaking in public would be at or close to top of the list. According to statistics, it's stronger than the fear of dying followed by financial ruin, spiders and snakes. The dictionary describes fear as a "feeling of alarm or dread caused by the expectation of danger, pain, or disaster." So, overcoming the fear of public speaking is a worthwhile personal development activity Fear is a natural emotion that we all experience from time to time. Without it, we [...]

The TimeBoxing Technique for Learning Designers

Designers of learning and development solutions frequently build learning solutions that have a prescribed time period and most designers, including myself, sub consciously chew over possible solutions and approaches to the blend of methodologies for days lost in the flow of artistic creation and exhaustive consideration of endless possibilities - it could go on for weeks on end if allowed to.   There is often a misconception that structure gets in the way of generating new ideas. However the creative process thrives under constraints and this discipline actually encourages more ideas to make it to the table. Deadlines tend to focus the [...]

Learning from Squirrel Behaviour

I received a call from someone who had attended our problem solving and decision making course yesterday, his opening comment was “My Head is in Bits”! This individual has had a tremendous amount of work on his radar recently, amongst a whole variety of demands he is reorganising his department and implementing a new procurement system. He found himself stuck, cluttered, unable to see woods for trees.  While talking through the situation the issue I was reminded of the example of the squirrel and the trusting mindset a mindset of accomplishment discussed in John Eliot’s book over achievement.   Take the [...]

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