Tip #561: What NOT To Do When You Facilitate

On March 23, 2015, Posted by , In presentation, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #561: What NOT To Do When You Facilitate

“Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.” Thomas Carlyle

I just audited a workshop and the experience gave me a renewed appreciation for all of the things that a facilitator should NOT do when in front of a class:

  1. Do NOT begin the training session and introduce yourself while standing behind half of the participants. Stand where everyone can easily see you.
  1. Do NOT leave any participants sitting alone and isolated from the rest of the group. Make sure that all participants are seated with 4 or 5 other people.
  1. Do NOT tell the participants that: “You will get sick of us.” That thought may not have occurred to the participants until you brought it up.
  1. Do NOT tell
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Tip #508: Separating the Necessary From the Nice to Know

On March 10, 2014, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #508: Separating the Necessary From the Nice to Know

“Concentrating on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended.” Ted W. Engstrom

I am in the process of finalizing a 22-day business management program for the owners of private medical practices in Africa and in other underdeveloped countries. It was a huge challenge and the program is almost complete. When all of the materials (the facilitator guides, agenda tables, participant materials, PowerPoint slides, pre- and post-tests with answer keys, and additional reference materials for both the half-day and full-day programs) have been properly branded by the United States Agency for Industrial Development, they will be placed on a dedicated website so that any trainer can find and use them.

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Tip #350: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Don’t Misuse Them

On November 22, 2010, Posted by , In audiovisuals, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #350: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Don’t Misuse Them

“Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

Trainers have a plethora of audiovisual options from which to choose. Some trainers don’t realize that there is more to life than PowerPoint. They also overuse or misuse audiovisuals. Here are four mistakes that trainers should avoid.

Mistake #1: Consistently using AV to entertain rather than educate

Trainers who flash through a large number of funny but irrelevant slides are wasting precious training time in the same manner that a trainer who begins a session by telling lots of jokes that have nothing to do with the training itself.

If you are a trainer, your mission is to educate. It is just fine to make your training program entertaining, … Read the rest

Tip #258: Cognitive Load Theory Impact on Multimedia

On January 9, 2009, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #258: Cognitive Load Theory Impact on Multimedia

For this week’s Tip, I draw from “The Cognitive Load of PowerPoint: Q&A with Richard E. Mayer,” by Cliff Atkinson.

Richard Mayer refers to his book: Multimedia Learning, in which he describes the following six research-based principles for the design of multimedia instruction:

1. Multimedia principle: people learn better from words and pictures than from words alone.

2. Coherence principle: people learn better when extraneous material is excluded.

3. Contiguity principle: people learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented at the same time or next to each other on the screen.

4. Modality principle: people learn better from animation with spoken text rather than animation with printed text.

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