Tip #498: Seeing the Light Go On in Our Students’ Eyes

On December 30, 2013, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #498: Seeing the Light Go On in Our Students’ Eyes

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” Margaret Fuller

I just read that “enlighten” means “to educate.” That has either never occurred to me or I once knew it and have since forgotten about it.

I love to think of learning as light.

There are so many ways that education enlightens our students:

  • It lights the way to new options and opportunities,
  • It lightens their burdens of doubt and ignorance,
  • It beams a light on their strengths and abilities,
  • It ignites the light of curiosity and hope within them.

I am so honored to be among the light bearers.

Here are some wonderful quotes, to light your way into the New Year.

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Tip #391: What Makes a Trainer Credible?

On September 12, 2011, Posted by , In trainers, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #391: What Makes a Trainer Credible?

“To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.”  Hellmut Walters

Why does a class pay attention to a trainer? The fact that the trainer is most likely standing in front of the room will establish initial authority. However, to maintain the class’s attention requires something more: the trainer must be credible. There are three key components to achieving credibility:

1.   Explain the basis for statements and beliefs

There are three common avenues to information: experience, education and research.

Experience is always valuable to a trainer, particularly if the trainer can give real life stories and examples. In this case, those who have done it themselves have immediate … Read the rest