Are you using films?

Do you use films or, as the Americans say, movies in your training sessions or workshops? We sometimes use them to illustrate a key point, to reinforce information or to start a discussion with our participants.

If one of your topics is conflict management, you’ll find some ideas here (link to: movies4training.com).

You’re not sure how to use them? Read this article (link to: movies4training.com) for some inspiration.

How good are your grammar skills?

Are you an English grammar expert? Do the Plain English Campaign‘s online grammar quiz to find out.Continue Reading

Looking for a simple team-building activity?

The Swiss Cheese Challenge (link to: YouTube) is a team-building activity that looks like a lot of fun. When you read the instructions, you think it might be quite a simple game. But looking at the video clip, we see that it’s not as easy as we thought.Continue Reading

On the importance of working together

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” Mother TeresaContinue Reading

How to give and receive feedback

When giving feedback, we want to be heard and acted upon. To make our feedback more effective, we need to talk about the other person’s behaviour and its effect on us. In this article from SkillsYouNeed.com, we learn what effective feedback is and how we should give and receive it. Useful language for giving feedback includes:Continue Reading

How to master the art of showing possession

According to dummies.com, apostrophes are those “little curved marks you see hanging from certain letters”.  We agree with them that a lot of people don’t understand how to use apostrophes to show possession. Even native speakers of English find them confusing. You can read the rules on the dummies.com website or watch The Lecturette’s little slide show toContinue Reading

How to help your participants to remember things – 2

Today, we would like to talk about yet another of our favourite review activities. Again it’s a creative one and involves all participants. So here are our instructions: Divide participants into groups. Define the task you want them to review e.g. ‘Examples of direct versus indirect communication’. Ask each group to prepare a short sketch orContinue Reading

On change

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill We found this motivational quotation in Guy Kawasaki’s slide show entitled “10 Disruptive Quotes for Entrepreneurs“. Take a look if you’re looking for some quotations for one of your next workshops.  Continue Reading

A secret to improving understanding between individuals?

The “Johari Window” is a communication model which is used to improve understanding between individuals. The name “Johari” is taken from the names of Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, who developed their model way back in 1955. We thought this explanation of the Johari quadrants (link to: www.usc.edu) – University of Southern California – might inspire you to use it if you’re not using it already!Continue Reading

Is it the little sweet café or the sweet little café?

As Mignon Fogarty aka the Grammar Girl explains, most native speakers of English instinctively place adjectives in a certain order. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help non-native speakers of English. But as she explains, there is a ‘quasi-official’ order for adjectives. And what we really like is that she’s given us an acronym to help us remember the wordContinue Reading