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  1. Use the bathtub!

    Use the bathtub!
    On our management and train the trainer courses I am fortunate enough to meet some great people.  One thing that always surprises me though, is the lack of feedback given by managers and trainers to members of staff or individuals we are training. Whether you're a manager or a trainer, you need to know how to give effective feedback.  Not only...
  2. What is shame?

    What is shame?
    Have you ever thought about what your shame is? We all carry shame in some way, for example, feeling embarrassed and guilty about something. Your belief system of not feeling good enough or others are better than you is not a nice feeling. As a coach, you need to be aware when your client sat in front of you the...
  3. Beirut - they need our help

    Beirut - they need our help
    I am fortunate I have been able to travel to some fantastic parts of our planet both for please and work. Working overseas is always an excellent experience for me; you get to experience different cultures and meet some fantastic people along the way. Without a doubt, the best place I have worked in is Beirut. I remember the first...
  4. Creating the right climate for learning - 4 top tips

    Creating the right climate for learning - 4 top tips
    When I’m delivering training, I often get lots of great feedback from evaluations that say things like “Made to feel welcome from the very start” which I love.  I take so much pride in helping people learn in a great environment. After all, this is this one of my most important jobs of the day, but why is this the...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...