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.

My next … Read the rest

Tip #487: Training Engagement Strategies

On October 14, 2013, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #487: Training Engagement Strategies

 “Getting involved is so, so . . . involving.” Vera-Ellen

When someone asks how I plan to engage learners, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of cartoons, kinesthetic items on the tables, candy, music, colorful kites and agenda maps on the walls. However, these are really only supplemental strategies, because the training design and facilitation are the strategies that actually engage the participants.

We structure our training courses to engage the participants in meaningful and practical skill-building learning activities.

Our engagement strategy begins with the development of the lesson plan. We first identify two goals: (1) what the participants will learn and (2) why the participants will want to learn this content. We understand that we … Read the rest

Tip #454: Wonderfully Creative Activities on the Fifth Day of Training in Amman

On February 11, 2013, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #454: Wonderfully Creative Activities on the Fifth Day of Training in Amman

“The creative is the place where no one else have ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.” Alan Alda

Hello!  This was a really great day. Although T was late picking me up because of traffic, it turned out that L had been at the training hotel since 6 am and had almost everything set up by the time I finally got there at 7:30 am. That was a huge relief.

S, who had asked me yesterday what colors I liked, gave me an exquisitely embroidered pillow and lots of hugs and kisses. What a sweetheart!

Next, my research last night on how to fix a frozen iPod … Read the rest

Tip #426: Shall We Dance? The Magic of Using Dance in Training

On July 16, 2012, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #426: Shall We Dance? The Magic of Using Dance in Training

“Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners.”Colette Dowling

As an experiential trainer, I have experimented with using different art projects, movement and games to reinforce learning. For years, I’ve used music and metaphors to create a positive learning environment. Recently, however, I did something so brand new that I wonder if any other trainer has ever tried it. I incorporated dancing and live music into my training program!

The program was focused on how the members of an intact team can keep performing their responsibilities and moving forward when policies, procedures and team members are continually changing.

Two of the learning objectives for the program were for the participants to:

1.      practice … Read the rest