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  1. 6 reasons managers fail at presentation delivery

    6 reasons managers fail at presentation delivery
    As a manager, it is essential to be able to deliver presentations. Managers need to be able to communicate with staff and potential clients, and if they don't focus on effective delivery, it can cause issues from staff and potential clients. Unfortunately, managers can deliver a presentation without understanding the techniques or skills required, and this is where the issues...
  2. Reflection on self-coaching a gratitude attitude

    Reflection on self-coaching a gratitude attitude
    In my coaching and supervision sessions, I hear so much negativity. I do like to shift the paradigm sometimes and ask for the positives if the situation allows this to happen. It seems strange to my clients when I ask a simple question like “What have you got to be grateful for”? In life, we have plenty to be positive...
  3. PowerPoint - It's for me!

    PowerPoint - It's for me!
    There is no doubt that PowerPoint is a fantastic tool.  It allows us to reinforce visually a critical message which we are trying to get across.  Whether as a trainer or a manager delivering a presentation, it can be a great tool to get your message across.  Of course, we also know that in the wrong hands, PowerPoint can be...
  4. Effective question technique in coaching

    Effective question technique in coaching
    How important is questioning in coaching? Extremely important is the answer. How does it differ from questioning in training? It is very different. In training when you question, you question to get to an answer. You drive for the answers you want using open questions or good trainers do. You always know where you are going with your questioning. Coaching...
  5. Monkey business

    Monkey business
    The most enjoyed elements of our PTT Train the Trainer course are the skills that are taught.  One of the most enjoyed skill sets shown is the ability to throw the monkey. For those that aren't aware, the monkey is the negative thoughts and feelings you get when you forget something or when something goes wrong.  It makes you feel...
  6. Excuse me I haven't finished...

    Excuse me I haven't finished...
    In my experience as a soft skills trainer, I have met a lot of people who ask about assertiveness skills. This has either come about due to previous experiences, which had resulted in being aggressive or passive. Individuals will often question why they need to be assertive, and many believe that screaming and shouting is being assertive! When we start...
  7. Fail to prepare - prepare to fail

    Fail to prepare - prepare to fail
    Think of the most professional delivery of a training session you have had personally and ask yourself why?  There could be many reasons you think that way but the most common factor will be because the Trainer was exceptionally well prepared and organised! I once remember arriving at a training session where we were sent to the wrong room, and...
  8. Reflecting on your use of coping strategies

    Reflecting on your use of coping strategies
    What does coping mean? I often hear in my coaching sessions from my clients that they are coping. I always think about what the word coping means to them. I think some people may not even know or realise they are using coping strategies/mechanisms, the word coping is very subjective. Believe it or not, there are between 400- 600 strategies...
  9. Train the online trainer

    Train the online trainer
    The pace of training delivery being delivered online is staggering. Over 30 per cent of higher education students in the U.S. are taking at least one distance course online. This is likely to increase significantly over the next two years. Many trainers, executives and managers find themselves increasingly confronted with the demand for online training. The delivery can be a very...
  10. Reflection in your work role

    Reflection in your work role
    I recently did a journal for teachers to reflect on their work role. How many of us do this, reflect on our work? I wrote the journal looking at reflection from a teacher's role, what their experiences of the day were and how could they change areas for the next time. That made me think that people still have not...

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