Canada Day Closure

The OREA offices will be closed on Monday, July 3 for Canada Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 4.

Brief office closure on Thursday

The OREA offices will be closed from 12pm - 2pm on Thursday, June 29. Scheduled classes will not be affected.

Valuable Resources


Difficult Trainees  
There are few facilitators who have not run into difficult participant behaviour. This document provides some solid methods for handling difficult participant behaviour at its various stages. While you’re reading this article, check out the many great tips, suggestions and methods in the Training of Trainers section of the Born Trainer website.

Create a Condition for Learning  
If you find you fly through the introduction portion of your training as if it’s just a necessary evil, check out this article. It talks about the importance of creating a condition for learning by wetting the appetite of learners and setting realistic expectations. You’ll find that the design of the introductions in the leadership courses should allow you to do both of these well. While you’re reading this article, check out more facilitator tips in the Effective Training section of the Born Trainer website.

How to Sell Ideas Like Gladwell  
Let’s face it, we trainers are sales people. Well sell ideas, the benefits of using new techniques, the advantages of one approach over another and the importance of continual improvement. Malcolm Gladwell uses stories to sell his ideas, and he does it very effectively. This blog post by Jonah Berger nails some of the ways he sells his ideas. They are very applicable to training!

This video presents a “simple and sticky approach for promoting a culture of learning”. The key concept is to put aside 5 minutes at 5 p.m. each day to reflect and learn one new thing. It’s a pretty interesting concept that you may want to share with your learners.

Getting the Seasoned Professional to Engage in Training
If you have to train seasoned professionals and are looking for a way to engage them, this is an interesting article. It shares ideas for launching the session with an activity using technology and demonstrating through role play.

Why Flip? 5 Techniques Supported by Research
A great article on how to take any presentation and make it interactive.

Awesome Articles by Sharon
Articles on training and making learning interactive by Sharon Bowman.

Microsoft Education Competencies
Many of the attributes, behaviours, areas of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance in training

If you haven’t yet developed a presentation using Prezi, you don’t know what you’re missing. Prezi is a presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas. They have a lower-level free version which will do quite a bit.

10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations
We know that a picture says a thousand words, but we’re not all artists. If you want to express yourself with pictures, check out some of these easy-to-use tools to create infographics.

The Quotations Page
Ever want to find that perfect quote to express a thought to others? There are quite a few internet sites that provide quotes, but I find this one particularly useful. (NOTE: it's advertiser supported, so they probably use cookies).

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