Tip #569: Participatory Training in Inhospitable Locations

On May 18, 2015, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #569: Participatory Training in Inhospitable Locations

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever — the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.”  Vince Lombardi

Last week, I conducted a train the trainer program in a very large training room with two screens in front of floor to ceiling windows that overlooked a stadium with continually running electronic signs. The lights over the screens were inoperative.

The large windows, even with mesh blinds, let in a lot of light. Without overhead lights near the screens, I became a silhouette standing in shadow. The constantly running signs created a ubiquitous visual distraction for every participant.

I had to stand between the two screens, which projected the same … Read the rest

Tip #558: Great Activities I Forget To Use

On March 2, 2015, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #558: Great Activities I Forget To Use

“Is there something we have forgotten? Some precious thing
we have lost, wandering in strange lands?”
Arna Bontemps

I just had a conversation with a long-term friend and client. As we discussed training programs that I’ve facilitated for her over the years, I suddenly had a disquieting thought.

There are learning activities that were once a standard part of my training repertoire, and I rarely ever use them any more.

At first, I worried that I have become less of a risk taker or more hesitant about using dramatic physical demonstrations.

Then I reassured myself that the real reason I haven’t used them is the lack of opportunity over the past few years to facilitate training on topics where these … Read the rest