Training

  1. training blog - i’ve forgotten how to train

    training blog - i’ve forgotten how to train
    Quite a lot of people on our Train the Trainer courses who deliver training tell us they won’t or don’t train exclusively; it’s usually a secondary job in addition to their other job(s).  When you have a forced break from training or deliver irregularly, it’s very easy for you to get skills fade.  But when you can train correctly, do you really...
  2. training blog - are you a believer?

    training blog - are you a believer?
    Lately, in my blogs, I’ve been concentrating a lot on the skills and techniques around training such as motivation and engagement.  This is because I’d been doing a lot of Ski training in the Austrian Alps where I’d had to try and work through some real inner ‘demons’ to meet the standard of an intensive course.  On reflection, I’ve had a hugely...
  3. training blog - how do you self-motivate for better performance?

    training blog - how do you self-motivate for better performance?
    In my life, I’ve had many moments both personal and professional where I’ve perhaps lacked a bit of self-motivation; you know those thoughts that manifest themselves as a limiting self-beliefs. - We tell ourselves, “I can’t do this” and what happens next? Precisely what we manifested; we more often than not fail in our task!  What though can happen if we add...
  4. training blog - get out of your bubble and engage, you might get a surprise!

    training blog - get out of your bubble and engage, you might get a surprise!
    Every time I travel and especially when visiting the larger metropolitan cities, it always staggers me how much people exist in their own little micro ‘bubble’ letting the world go by in ignorance.  Smart devices and social media haven’t exactly helped of late, but it’s not just in recent times that this has been the case: I remember as a child...
  5. training blog - the training technique that’s great for conversations

    training blog - the training technique that’s great for conversations
    I’m going to share something with you now that not many people know; I really feel uncomfortable meeting new people and making conversation.  Well actually, this statement is how I used to feel because now I make use of a professional trainer skill that is easily turned it into a great way to make easy conversation: As a personality type, I...
  6. training blog - ok, let’s talk about verbal ticks, you know?

    training blog - ok, let’s talk about verbal ticks, you know?
    We all have them; ‘you know’ those pesky words that can come out when we deliver our training sessions. ‘OK’ so what are they, why do they appear, what effect can they have and importantly what can we do about them? You’ve probably noticed already that I’ve used a couple of the more common words that can become ‘verbal ticks’ in...
  7. training blog - the dangers of not knowing your audience

    training blog - the dangers of not knowing your audience
    One of the biggest mistakes I see bad trainers make is that they write and deliver the training on what they perceive the audience will need rather than what they actually need; this then makes the training all about them and not the audience.  Fantastic trainers do it completely differently... One of the key attributes every fantastic trainer uses is that they...
  8. training blog - staying objective with your training feedback

    training blog - staying objective with your training feedback
    It’s a natural reaction to get tied in emotionally with something you’ve put a lot of time and effort into like when you’ve designed and delivered training to the best of your ability.  If you’re pro-active, you may have asked for feedback in good faith but how do you feel when someone tells you something you don’t like or don’t want...
  9. training blog - design is easy, just make 100 PowerPoint slides!

    training blog - design is easy, just make 100 PowerPoint slides!
    Well, that's what some people do right?  Picture the scene, the Manager says, “we need Training in this, can you get some organised?” and all of a sudden, the pressure’s on.  If we know no better, then the easiest thing to do is create lots of slides with tons of information and words and talk through them.  Looks good right?  Might even impress the...
  10. training blog - what makes a great trainer so good?

    training blog - what makes a great trainer so good?
    Many attributes make a trainer great, but if someone asked me what were the key things that make a great trainer, what would they be? I’ve been fortunate to have seen many great trainers that have acted as an inspiration to me as I was learning my trade.  I got thinking about them all, the way they taught and the things...

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