Social Media for Trainers – Practical Example no.1

This blog-post outlines a practical example of how social media tools could be used during and after training. If you have questions, send me an email… What is the added-value of using social media for training? Improve understanding and retention of what was discussed in training Keep the learning process alive by creating longevity Provide […]

The Goal of Onboarding

Yesterday I had the pleasure of running the 3rd Learning+Development Round-Table. This event brings together a small number of highly motivated Learning+Development Managers from big-name organisations in Belgium. *   Following an excellent highly interactive presentation from Gosse Corstiaensen of KPMG Belgium, we spent a moment carefully defining the goals of corporate onboarding.   According to […]

Answer 3 questions to convince your audience

When presenting for an audience, selling something or even just talking to another person, you need to answer 3 key questions. If you don’t, you will not get the attention or result you want.   In “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” @carminegallo notes one of these questions and says that its the only one […]

“If you get wet, I’ll buy you a beer” or the importance of positive language in goal-setting)

“If you get wet, I’ll buy you a beer” These are the last words my canoeing instructor said before I rolled my boat over in the Thames. In February. 3 weeks earlier I had joined the Reading University Canoeing Club, 18 years old and ready to jump in the deep end. Over those 3 weeks […]

SoMe, SoWhat? (A Trainer’s Enquiry)

Social Media is here to stay. People are getting together watching, commenting and sharing. Some are even doing more. The possibilities for a trainer are endless. No blog spot can list them all (although some do a reasonable job of getting started). But should you, the trainer, jump on the train or let it pass […]

Why I have restricted my Tweets on LinkedIn

 @sabinetobback from @kluweropleiding asked me the question: What do you think about linking Twitter to LinkedIn. She told me that @janvermeiren warns of the dangers of this in his free eBook about How to Really Use LinkedIN I asked @janvermeiren what he thought, along with @fredericw and @lucgallopin and I did a good bit of googling… […]

5 ways to really piss me off when you give me feedback

(And yes, the title is rude because I’m annoyed!) (And didn’t someone once say you should add some personal-flavour to blogging and social networking?)   If you really want to annoy, demotivate and alienate people, follow these 5 simple feedback “un-rules”:   Give it without warning Throwing out feedback without asking can be horribly surprising […]

Be FAB to be heard

This blog post explains the basics of FAB communication. FAB is a simple acronym to help you remember what people want to hear and what they don’t. Talk FAB and you have more chance of being heard. Talk FAB and you have more chance of getting what you need from your communication.   In training […]

Authentic Learning in “The Guardian”

In the film “The Guardian” with Kevin Costner, there is a nice example of Authentic Learning which highlights the Minimum Effective Dose principle I wrote about in my initial blog post on the subject.   Costner’s character Randall is due to teach the effects of hypothermia to students of the US Coast Guard “A” school. […]

2012 = The Year of Authentic Learning

As 2011 closes and we gear up for another 12 month run of learning, what will be the focus for learning professionals? In my opinion, 2012 will be all about Authentic Learning. This blog spot outlines the what and why of Authentic Learning. Let’s start with…   Question: Why is Authentic Learning so important? Answer: […]