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How Trainers Use Icebreakers and Energisers


How Trainers Use Icebreakers and Energisers

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We sent a questionnaire to the training community on the use of icebreakers and energiser. We asked questions such as, “Are they useful?”, “How do they help?”, “How long ...

 

You Must Know the 10 Wrong Beliefs of Training by Heart


You Must Know the 10 Wrong Beliefs of Training by Heart

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In today's specialised world, many people are working hard to become an expert in something. Spending extensive time on any topic will turn a person into an expert in that subject just by sheer ac...

 

What Virtual Reality Can Do for Soft Skills Training


What Virtual Reality Can Do for Soft Skills Training

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The new age of virtual reality (VR) is upon us. We are still at early stages of VR development, but the field has shown a strong promise. Of all the new technologies that we are about to fully experie...

 

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

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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 cours...

 

If Your Training is Not Working, You are Not Doing This One Thing


If Your Training is Not Working, You are Not Doing This One Thing

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In a Customer Service Skills course: The trainer starts by explaining the principles of customer service. He gets excited and is carried away by explaining more. Delegates meanwhile are quietly lis...

 

The Results of Our Training Questionnaire


The Results of Our Training Questionnaire

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A while back we sent you a questionnaire with a series of questions on how training courses are conducted. The aim was to develop an insight on how training courses are run across the world and to ult...

 

How to Use Icebreakers


How to Use Icebreakers

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An opening exercise such as an icebreaker is useful to start up a training session. As the name suggests, icebreakers are designed to “warm up” the session. It is important to note that de...

 

5 Steps to Improve Your Training


5 Steps to Improve Your Training

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Modern methodologies on training such as the TAP program, Accelerated Learning, or other top-of-the-range accredited train-the-trainer programs are based on the fundamental theory of Cognitive Trainin...

 

8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers


8 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

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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 thi...

 

How Memory Can Increase Your Training Effectiveness


How Memory Can Increase Your Training Effectiveness

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Just about everybody is involved in either teaching or learning or both. If you are a trainer, your job is highly biased towards the teaching side which means you need to understand how to train your ...

 

Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course


Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes When Delivering a Course

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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...

 

Why Knowledge of Andragogy Can Improve Training


Why Knowledge of Andragogy Can Improve Training

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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. ...

 

What You Must Absolutely Know About Reinforcement Learning


What You Must Absolutely Know About Reinforcement Learning

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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 ro...

 

10 Tips for Becoming an Interesting Trainer


10 Tips for Becoming an Interesting Trainer

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No one can argue that being an interesting trainer is a quality that will almost always guarantee successful training sessions. No one wants to spend a training day listening to a boring trainer. S...

 

Applications of Clock Buddies


Applications of Clock Buddies

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Back in 2013 we released a software tool on our website called Clock Buddies. Clock Buddies refers to a traditional tool used to pair people up in a classroom setting. Each person was given a blank sh...

 

The Seven Techniques of Learning to Learn


The Seven Techniques of Learning to Learn

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“Everything is easier than you think. If you believe otherwise, you are setting yourself up for a hard life.” Learning should not be as hard as you think. There is a method to the art...

 

How to Write a Speech to Get Maximum Results


How to Write a Speech to Get Maximum Results

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If there is one thing less appealing than giving a public talk is giving a bad one. If you haven’t prepared your speech don’t have high expectations. Experience shows that giving a speech ...

 

How to Become a Master Trainer by Learning from Master Gamers


How to Become a Master Trainer by Learning from Master Gamers

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Imagine delivering a training course to delegates who are half sleep. Is there any point in carrying on? Sure enough, you still get paid for the current session; but surely that’s not your only ...

 

What Does it Really Mean to Look into the Future


What Does it Really Mean to Look into the Future

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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, i...

 

Think Music, Chess and Sports: Train Yourself to Train Others Better


Think Music, Chess and Sports: Train Yourself to Train Others Better

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Being a good trainer requires a set of skills. Like any other skill, you need to practice in order to get better at this skill. This is quite different from being good at the topic you are teaching. U...

 

How to Avoid Bad Reflective Questions


How to Avoid Bad Reflective Questions

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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 ge...

 

How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance


How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance

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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...

 

6 Critical Areas to Consider before Running any Training Exercise


6 Critical Areas to Consider before Running any Training Exercise

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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 ...

 

Six Proven Techniques to Boost Your Mental Powers


Six Proven Techniques to Boost Your Mental Powers

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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 m...

 

How to Become a Great Trainer


How to Become a Great Trainer

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It is well known that presenting is different from training. A good trainer focuses on delegates and his intention is to transfer a set of skills to them. In contrast a presenter is interested to repo...

 

Effective Teaching Methods: One-Way Teaching


Effective Teaching Methods: One-Way Teaching

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Instructional methods can be divided into one-way and two-way methods. In the one-way method, the direction of the information is from the instructor to the audience. In the two-way method, informatio...

 

Top 5 Training Myths


Top 5 Training Myths

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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 b...

 

How to Avoid Delivering Unsatisfying Training Courses


How to Avoid Delivering Unsatisfying Training Courses

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Have you ever attended a miserable and boring training course? Have you heard your colleague’s tale of boring training course? People love exceptionally good training courses and talk about them...