Nairobi, Kenya Travelogue – 2014

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Nairobi, November 30

Hello. As you can see, I’m on the road again. This time, I will be piloting ten days of business management training for the owners of private medical practices in Kenya.

I have to say that my travel to Africa this time went exceptionally smoothly. After the experience of paying $1200 to send training materials that could have easily filled one large suitcase- and finding out that I actually could take two bags for free on Delta, I wised up. I’m traveling with two large bags (bright pink and bright blue) that each weigh 50 pounds. In addition, I have my large handbag that could hold a small child (but doesn’t) and my “carry on” with all … Read the rest

Kenya Travelogue – 2014

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Amsterdam, August 8, 2014


I am in Amsterdam, after a very uneventful and relatively easy journey.

The Delta representative in the Madison airport showed me how to move from an aisle seat with 6 other people to an aisle seat with just one other person. Being on the aisle is a must on these 8 or more hour flights. This flight, from Detroit to Amsterdam, I was very clever and put everything in the luggage rack above my head, so I had nothing under the seat in front of me.

Again, people were very helpful when I had to lift my heavy carry on way above my head to go into the luggage rack. Later, I returned the favor … Read the rest

Tip #528: You Have to Have a Sense of Humor

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“I know [canned music] makes chickens lay more eggs and factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator? ” Victor Borge

I’m going back to Nairobi, Kenya the second week in August to conduct a 5-day Train the Trainer program. I’ll be teaching 15 trainers how to facilitate the 22-day Business Management for Health Practices training program I designed (working with subject matter experts) and partially piloted in Nairobi late last year.

When I was asked if I had any special requirements for the training room, I had to come up with a diplomatic way of requesting a room with a solid floor (no huge tiles cracking apart and tripping us), … Read the rest

Tip #523: Conducting a Train-the-Trainer for a 22-Day Training Series

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“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

My current task is not simple. I need to plan how to conduct a train-the-trainer program for individuals who will be facilitating portions of a 22-day training series. I have five days for the training, which will be in Nairobi, Kenya the first week in August.

At this point, I have no idea who or how many trainers will be participating. However, I can anticipate that most of the trainers will be lecturers who are not familiar (or necessarily comfortable) with participatory learning strategies. My challenge will be to help them decide to become facilitative trainers rather than expert lecturers.

From the … Read the rest