On learning

Man reading newspaper
“Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Key trainer behaviours

What kind of behaviours does a trainer need to have? The Development Company has identifed the following eight: works with difference questions listens is objective is approachable is adaptable participative gives constructive feedback Do you have any to add?Continue Reading

You’re frustrated. It’s so frustrating …

We’re often asked what the difference is between “interesting” and “interested”. Or “boring” and “bored”. This short list gives you examples of what we call “participle adjectives” and how to use them. Once you’ve understood the concept, you might like to test yourself here and here.Continue Reading

The paper tower

This is a very simple activity that teaches participants the importance of planning and timing and increases creativity and creative thinking. Each participant is given a sheet of paper and a roll of adhesive tape and asked to build the tallest free-standing structure s/he can in just 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, the groupContinue Reading

A walk in the park?

In this article, Wan Chung suggests that a walk in the park with clients might increase the effectiveness of coaching and get clients to their next breakthrough.Continue Reading

Prepositions of time

Do you struggle with those little words called “prepositions”? A lot of people seem to have problems. This article can help you learn when to use “in”, “on”, “at” or no preposition when expressing time.Continue Reading

One word: A simple way to get people talking

This very simple activity can be used as an opener in a workshop or training session. Instructions Invite participants to write down one word about themselves on a piece of paper and to place the piece of paper in the middle of the room on the floor or on a table. Tell participants to take one pieceContinue Reading

Ready for some wise words?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark TwainContinue Reading

Looking for quick energiser for your next workshop?

All Aboard (link to: YouTube.com) is another easy to organise energiser. It develops problem-solving skills and helps to create trust in a group. All that is needed is a roll of sticky tape. Preparation Create a large square on the floor using the sticky tape (as in the video clip). Instructions 1. Inform participants that they mustContinue Reading

How to build rapport

We love Piet van der Laan’s little slideshow giving us ideas on how to create a pleasant relationship with our conversation partners. Piet recommends that we use words such as “we”, “our” and “ours”, question tags, negative question forms, a few simple words and phrases to make conversations less formal, and that we refer back to our conversation partners as individuals.Continue Reading