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  • Slides Are Not Handouts

    Posted 14 November 2014 5:00 AM by djohnson

    Go to any seminar or conference and you are likely to receive copies of the slides as your handouts. Seems sufficient enough, but is that the best approach? In this blog post I give some reasons for rethinking this common practice.

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  • Increase Learning by Putting Content into Context

    Posted 1 October 2014 4:00 AM by djohnson

    Your real value as a training facilitator may not be in your ability to teach content. It may be in your ability to put learning into context. Participants gain the most value when they learn why something is important, how it relates to their lives and how they can use their new knowledge in a real and practical way. In this video blog post I share three things you can do to increase learning by helping participants put content into context.

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  • Dont Answer That Question

    Posted 10 September 2014 4:00 AM by djohnson

    When you are asked a question in a classroom session, bite your tongue! Hold back from answering the question, even if you have a great answer. We know that people learn best when they think through and come up with their own solutions. When someone asks you a question in a classroom session, you have an opportunity to help them do just that. In this blog post I talk about three ways you can help participants learn more by coming up with their own answers and their own solutions.

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  • The Value of Breakout Sessions

    Posted 20 May 2014 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    When you’re tight for time, you might be inclined to shorten or eliminate break-out activities or discussions. In fact, that’s one of the most important elements of learning. It’s better to tighten up your presentation or content review to ensure that people have enough time to discuss, debate and relate what their learning during small break-out discussion groups. In this blog post I talk about the importance of break-out sessions to learning.

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  • The Importance of Real Life Examples

    Posted 30 April 2014 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    You can help bring content to life in a training program by sharing real life examples. Participants benefit from hearing how you have applied the learning, or how you’ve observed others apply it. And as always, it’s also great to solicit examples from participants. In this blog post I talk about how to ensure your examples hit the mark.

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  • Use Your Position to Set the Tone for Learning

    Posted 9 April 2014 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    You send a message to learners by where you position yourself in the classroom. When you stand, you send one message; when you sit you send a different message. It's valuable to know what messages you send as you move around a classroom. Make sure you choose the best position for the learning environment you want to create. Here are three positions you can take and the messages they send.

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  • Be A Unique Trainer

    Posted 18 March 2014 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    Those who have worked with me will know that I’m often preaching the importance of consistency amongst facilitators. That’s because with our leadership courses, it’s important that learners have a similar learning experience no matter which facilitator runs the course. Having said that, there is a lot of room for each facilitator to bring their own style to the classroom. And they can do that even while remaining consistent in how activities are run and information is delivered. In this blog I talk about the importance of using your own unique style as you facilitate. p> Read more... Comments (0)

  • Use Segues to Improve Learning

    Posted 29 August 2013 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    Learning is a journey. It’s a facilitator’s role to guide learners on their journey to new knowledge and skills. As classroom sessions may be comprised of chunks of learning (exercises, activities, discussions and lectures) it’s up to the facilitator to tie all of these together. That’s where the segue comes in.

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  • Giving Clear Classroom Instructions

    Posted 7 August 2013 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    If there’s one time in a classroom where I’ve seen many confused looks by participants, it’s when facilitators give instructions. I’m sure most facilitators don’t intend to be unclear; they just don’t understand some of the key rules for giving instructions so that people understand. Here are some tips I hope will help.

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  • Storytelling Helps Learning

    Posted 25 June 2013 4:00 AM by Elaine La Chappelle

    Who doesn’t love a good story? And a classroom is a great place to use storytelling. Stories are easier to remember than mere facts, and when a story includes an emotional element learners retain the lessons much longer. Here are four things you can do to make your storytelling the best it can be.

     

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