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Six Proven Techniques to Boost Your Mental Powers

Six Proven Techniques to Boost Your Mental Powers
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Motivation, Goal Setting, Learning

Article Rating:::: 74 Ratings :::: Monday, July 1, 2013

As a successful trainer, you must be able to perform at your best every time you provide a training course. Your aim is not only to teach a given subject to delegates, but to also entertain them and make the event more memorable. So in order to boost your delegate’s learning, you need to be a good entertainer as well as a fantastic educator.

Your performance as a trainer is also observed by your client or the training agency that you work with. Therefore each training course is an opportunity for you to advertise your skills.

Trying to be an entertainer and educator is not easy and can put a lot of demand on you. If due to your previous success you have lined up a complex schedule of training courses, you need to make sure you stay sharp and focused for every single training delivery.

Here, you will be introduced to 6 powerful methods that can help you stay in shape mentally and have a successful delivery every time.

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Recap Exercise: Visualise What You Learned Today

Recap Exercise: Visualise What You Learned Today
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Creativity, Memory, Art, Learning

Article Rating:::: 28 Ratings :::: Monday, May 13, 2013

Research has long shown that visualisation can lead to better recall and learning. As a trainer, you can exploit visualisation to your advantage. One area where visualisation is useful is when recapping on content already covered or at the end of a course. This exercise helps you to take advantage of the power of visualisation.

The visualisation produced in this exercise can also act as a reminder for the delegates and will help to reinforce associations and memory.

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How to Increase Commitment After Delivering a Training Course

How to Increase Commitment After Delivering a Training Course
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Motivation, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 34 Ratings :::: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

During a training course several topics are often covered. Each of these topics leads to a number of actions that will help improve delegates’ behaviour or skills in the future.

However, many of these actions might not be carried out. After the course, delegates can easily get carried away by other demands on their time and soon the ideas explored in the course will be forgotten.

In order to help delegates apply the learning from course to their lives you can get them to commit to certain actions and increase the likelihood that they will engage in specific post-course activities to reinforce learning.

This exercise helps delegates identify what might stop them from committing to the tasks and identify solutions for each obstacle. The exploration of these obstacles is fun and the exercise helps to motivate delegates in following up with actions after the course.

Ideally, you should run this exercise at the end of the course just before recap and end-of-course summary.

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Memory Exercise: Recap on Lessons Covered So Far

Memory Exercise: Recap on Lessons Covered So Far
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Attention and Focus, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 26 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This exercise helps to refresh delegates’ memory about what you just taught them. It encourages them to think about the training lessons covered so far and make a few statements about what they have learned. Specifically, it allows delegates to draw up a number of actions to do after the course to get more from the lessons.

Ideally you should run this exercise just before going to a tea or lunch break. It helps to summarise the points covered in the current lesson or all previous lessons (depending on your choice) and also acts as a closing exercise on a particular topic.

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What You Must Absolutely Know About Reinforcement Learning

What You Must Absolutely Know About Reinforcement Learning
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Learning

Article Rating:::: 11 Ratings :::: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We all know from experience that there seems to be a connection between reward and learning. We see it clearly in children; “Honey, you can watch one more hour of TV tonight if you clean your room.” The child now has an incentive to clean his room.

In fact, you can find this reward system used everywhere even in adults’ world. Many companies have a bonus system to motivate employees to work harder. Prizes and awards are given out on just about any skill that can be measured. In short, rewards seem to have a great part in motivating and teaching people.

Why rewards work? Why a person’s behaviour changes when his actions are rewarded? How does this work inside the brain? And above all, how can you use rewards when training people to reinforce learning?

Let’s start with reward seeking behaviour of humans. In 1959 it was discovered that a neurotransmitter called dopamine (DA) is strongly involved in control of movements. Since then studies have been conducted that have identified the critical role of dopamine in the brain reward system (Arias-Carrion and Poppel 2007).

Interestingly, research also shows that dopamine deficiencies can lead to a number of serious diseases such as Parkinson, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

On the other side of the scale, dopamine is also central to drug abuse and addiction.

Some have also associated dopamine with our cognitive development and how we managed to become intelligent as we evolved (Previc 1999).

With so much significance, let’s see how dopamine can relate to learning and how we can take advantage of what it offers.

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Top 5 Training Myths

Top 5 Training Myths
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Attention and Focus, Learning

Article Rating:::: 700 Ratings :::: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It is easy to come across statements that sound scientific or logical. It is one thing to hear them; another to pass them on as a trainer. Unfortunately, over the years a few statements seem to have been repeated so many times in the training industry that people no longer question where they actually came from. These statements are no longer valid; they are simply accepted because they are heard from so many different sources. In short, people seem to be relying on social proof much more than rational proof.

Here, you will be introduced to a few common statements that are repeatedly shared in the training industry but with further scrutiny don’t live up to their promise.

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Why Knowledge of Andragogy Can Improve Training

Why Knowledge of Andragogy Can Improve Training
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Learning

Article Rating:::: 51 Ratings :::: Monday, February 18, 2013

Andragogy is essentially the science of understanding lifelong adult learning. The theory was developed by Malcolm Knowles in 1960s and the term has since come to name the field of adult learning.

Like all theories on learning, your understanding of where they come from and what they cover can help you improve your training and benefit from each theory’s insight into the area of training.

Fundamentally, adult learning is different from child learning, or pedagogy. This article explores the differences between adult education and child education helping you improve your training.

 

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Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course

Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Learning

Article Rating:::: 130 Ratings :::: Monday, November 21, 2011

Some mistakes are small and irrelevant while some have bigger but yet manageable consequences. There are however some mistakes that can bring your entire training career down. These are often mistakes that you are not aware off, carrying them out habitually. Some trainers realise such mistakes after years of suboptimum training while others don’t understand what is preventing their training courses to be successful.

The first step in combating mistakes is to know what they are. Your awareness of them combined with taking alternative actions will help you avoid damage. The following are 5 mistakes every trainer needs to avoid when providing a training course.

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8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Learning

Article Rating:::: 172 Ratings :::: Monday, September 26, 2011

What is the secret to becoming a successful trainer? What makes a trainer stand out from the competition? Have you ever attended a course that you were so impressed by the trainer that you thought this is how you want to teach?

How about your past teachers? What did your favourite teacher do that made you interested in a particular topic? In fact some teachers are so effective in their teaching that they come to influence us for the rest of our lives, perhaps even going as far as following a career in the topic they taught.

It turns out that effective trainers have certain good habits that lead to their success. If you want to become a great trainer, all you need to do is to adopt these 8 habits. Let’s see what these habits are:

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Memory Exercise: Lists versus Images

Memory Exercise: Lists versus Images
Exercises, Large Group, Attention and Focus, Memory, Learning

Article Rating:::: 19 Ratings :::: Monday, April 4, 2011

We all deal with lists almost on a daily basis. However, as we all have discovered, lists can be difficult to memorise and remember. Research shows that we have significant problems remembering a list as the list becomes longer and longer. The problem is mainly to do with the linearity of the list and its inherent lack of detail. When memorising a list we mainly use our left-side brain to make logical connections and improve our chances of recall.

In addition to our left-side brain, we can also employ our right-side brain to significantly increase our ability to memorise and recall successfully. This exercise demonstrates the significance of right-side brain abilities and how to employ it.

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