Training Delivery

Stand Up-Sit Down Meeting Energizer

April 22, 2019

If you’ve ever hosted a day-long meeting or workshop, you know that even the best gatherings sometimes experience a dip in energy.  To reboot the vigor in the conference room, here’s a quick and easy  meeting energizer that helps revitalize people without being too cheesy. It works best with a group of at least ten […]

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Adult Learning and Training Workshops – It’s Not an Oxymoron

April 3, 2019

Adults like to learn. No, really, it’s true. If you’re skeptical of this statement, it’s most likely because you’ve shown up to facilitate a training session and felt like you’ve walked into some sort of hostile takeover situation. There is a way to help turn things around: respect your learner’s adult-ness. By doing this, you […]

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The Benefits of Training for Project Managers

December 20, 2018

  Jen’s note: This post is sponsored by Strategy Execution, a training company dedicated to the career advancement of project management professionals. One of the aspects that I admire about the project management profession is the rigorous attention applied to professional development. This post highlights some of the training avenues a project manager might take. […]

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Trends in Professional Development – Self-Serve Learning

February 7, 2017

Humans are naturally curious creatures. When my kids were little it was such fun to watch them learn about their world. Give them a cardboard box, plastic spoons and nesting measuring cups and they would experiment endlessly. Somewhere along the line, many of us got our curiosity drilled out of us – probably due to […]

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Scavenger Hunts as an Easy and Cost-Effective Way to Build Teamwork

July 12, 2016

This post is brought to you by Strayboots, a company that provides customized mobile-enhanced scavenger hunts for corporate team-building events.  See below for full disclosure. When you were a kid, did you ever participate in a scavenger hunt at a birthday party? There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt, trying to find obscure items […]

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How to Increase Your Training Impact through Business Simulations

September 14, 2015

This post is brought to you by Simulation Studios, specializing in creating business simulations and gamification solutions for leadership development, business acumen, and business silo reduction.  See below for full disclosure. Picture this: a group of promising young leaders is seated in their classroom, awaiting the arrival of their instructor. It’s the second week of […]

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Blueprints for Nine Essential Business Meetings

August 10, 2015

Let’s just put it right out there: pretty much everybody loves to hate business meetings. I’m on the record in support of meetings if they’re held for the right reasons and are run effectively. So, count me in the minority of people who think (some) meetings are OK. The problem is, we humans can muck […]

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Truths in HR, Employment and Training – HR Carnival

February 26, 2015

“Truth” is a funny word, because, c’mon – one person’s “truth” is another person’s delusion. That’s why I was intrigued when Dwane Lay of the Dovetail Software blog asked us to submit what we’ve learned to be true about the HR profession for this week’s Carnival of HR. I chose to focus on the training […]

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6 Truths about Training and Development

February 23, 2015

Helping people learn new things is super-fun. It isn’t always easy, but it’s always gratifying. For over two decades, I was a corporate trainer, conducting in-person learning programs and later, webinars, to a wide array of employees. I’ve facilitated programs in warehouses, stuffy conference rooms, outdoors, and with simultaneous translation to groups of non-English speakers. […]

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You Are Never too Old to Learn Something New: A Kirkpatrick Tribute

May 22, 2014

This morning I received a message from Donald Kirkpatrick’s LinkedIn account informing me that he passed away a few weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Kirkpatrick, he created the Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation. For those of us in the training and development industry, his work set the stage for evaluating the […]

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