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How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance

How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance
Public Speaking, Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Personal Impact, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 132 Ratings :::: Monday, September 30, 2013

You are an expert in your field. The management is very impressed with your skills and wants you to share it with others. You have been asked to give a talk to your fellow colleagues or anyone else in the company who is interested in the subject.

The day of the presentation comes. Some of your colleagues have come from other branches of your organisation to attend your talk which is part of a series of presentations. You are excited to be a presenter as this is what you always wanted to do, but you are also feeling very nervous. You have the dreaded butterflies in stomach and cannot seem to be able to shake off the nerves.

The speaker before you has now finished and it is your turn to present. You just want to get on with it now. You go on stage and set yourself up. You start the presentation while paying attention to every detail. You want to make sure your voice comes out naturally, that you are facing the audience the right way, that you are saying the sentences correctly and that you are not forgetting anything crucial.

There is also a voice in your head that constantly says, “don’t screw this up, don’t mess this up, you have got only one chance…”

Two minutes into the presentation, you suddenly feel you cannot remember what you need to say next. It’s just gone. Your mind is blank. The audience is staring at you, expecting you to say something, but you cannot think of a single word to say. You feel out of breath, almost paralyzed.

You chocked…

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How to Avoid Using Poor Motivational Posters

How to Avoid Using Poor Motivational Posters
Training Articles, Motivation, Goal Setting, Change Management, Art

Article Rating:::: 126 Ratings :::: Monday, September 9, 2013

It has become fashionable to place motivational posters on the walls in the companies. Depending on the nature of the organisation, this can be seen in two ways; a propaganda campaign by the management to make the workers work harder or an attempt to remind the workers of certain values held by the organisation.

With the first view the posters may look nice but usually do little to lift moral, educate or motivate. Various formats are used but usually those that have a generic picture with some bland slogan are the ones that are despised the most. They usually have a dark background, a central picture and a slogan at the bottom. Most often these slogans are single words, such as “Prosperity”, “Motivation”, “Ambition” or “Stability”. Perhaps, the idea is that by seeing “Motivation” (and some random picture) on the wall every day, people become more motivated!

Well, you need to make a bit more of an effort than that to motivate people.

Posters which are used in the workplace to remind us of the organisation’s values are often not very effective. They might be noticed the first time seen on the wall but it is then filtered out the same way we filter out those motivational posters or intrusive advertisements.

Both of these views seem to be problematic although the general ideal of being repeatedly reminded of something is a good one. In fact, productivity gurus have been recommending using this technique for years and if implemented well they can have great effects.

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Why People Forget What They Learn in a Training Course and How to Address It

Why People Forget What They Learn in a Training Course and How to Address It
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Learning, Branding

Article Rating:::: 58 Ratings :::: Monday, July 15, 2013

Imagine attending a training course which at the time you thought was fine and covered a good range of content that you didn’t know about. Sometime later, your colleague asks you about the course and to your shock you realise that you cannot remember much about it. It feels as if it was years ago that you’ve attended it even though it was only a month ago. Funny enough, you remember that you thought at the time that it was actually a good course; it was very informative. You explain this to your colleague but you cannot help wondering why you don’t remember much of the course or the actual content covered. Of course you don’t share this part with your colleague. You don’t want him to think that your memory is poor or worst that you wasted company resources by attending a course that you didn’t get much from.

You put it to your hectic workload and think nothing of it. You finish off your conversation with your colleague as you need to press on with the next meeting…

What is going on? Are training courses supposed to be like this or is there something more fundamental taking place? Or, to ask the question in a different way, as a trainer is there something you can do to avoid the above eventuality?

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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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What Does it Really Mean to Look into the Future

What Does it Really Mean to Look into the Future
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Goal Setting, Questioning Skills, Planning

Article Rating:::: 17 Ratings :::: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We all do this, think about our future and asking ourselves how we can improve it. That is a fair question and indeed makes perfect sense for a forward looking progressive society.

Unfortunately, it can also be a source of confusion and misguidance. The way the question is asked can easily focus attention in the wrong direction. When it comes to training or self-analysis, this is indeed something that you want to avoid.

Here, you will be presented with these kinds of questions and will learn how to formulate them correctly to get the most from them.

First, consider the following questions.

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How to Avoid Bad Reflective Questions

How to Avoid Bad Reflective Questions
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Motivation, Goal Setting, Appraisal, Questioning Skills

Article Rating:::: 42 Ratings :::: Monday, April 1, 2013

Some questions are meant to increase our awareness about where we are and encourage us to learn from our experience. However, the way a question is formulated can make a huge difference in what you get out of it. This is applicable both to asking the question as a trainer or asking the question from yourself when self-reflecting.

In fact, there is a class of such questions called reflections on past performance. Here, you will be introduced to these questions and will see how to formulate them correctly for the best results.

To start, consider the following questions...


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6 Critical Areas to Consider before Running any Training Exercise

6 Critical Areas to Consider before Running any Training Exercise
Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Planning

Article Rating:::: 59 Ratings :::: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

To run a successful face-to-face training course, you will need to go through several training exercises. These exercises can be critical in making the training more effective.

Unfortunately, many trainers underestimate the power of training exercises and most of their focus is on the content of the course or knowledge transfer. Usually, this means that they are unprepared for training exercises or simply do not think about them at the right level.

There are 6 critical areas that you need to explore to make sure that your exercises are useful and enhance learning. Missing even one of these areas can significantly affect your performance in that specific part or even the rest of the training course. Hence, it pays to know these 6 areas by heart and always consider them for every single training exercise you run.

These 6 areas are as follows...

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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:::: 702 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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