How to follow up after training

We all know the importance of following up after training and we all know that it isn’t always well done.

This article on businesstrainingworks.com gives us five excellent ways to make sure that learning is extended well after training ends.

What’s the difference?

Do you know when to use ‘cannot’, ‘can not’ and ‘can’t’? If you’re not sure, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty is here to explain (link to: quickanddirtytips.com)Continue Reading

How to make our training a lot more active

We’d hate our participants to sit and listen to us lecture for hours on end, wouldn’t we? In fact, we all know just how important it is to make our training sessions more active. But what can we do exactly? Here are 25 ways in which we can build active learning techniques into our trainingContinue Reading

Gain country insights

So you’ve been asked to offer training sessions abroad or you have participants from other countries. If you’d like to gather some cultural information before you get going, you might like to start at the Government of Canada’s Centre for Intercultural Learning. We find their “Country Insights” to be particularly helpful as a first stop.Continue Reading

If you also work as a coach, you might like some of these free coaching exercises and tools we came across the other day (link to: thecoachingtoolscompany.com). Just scroll down the page to find other free coaching exercises and resources.Continue Reading

Happy, sad and angry

You don’t always want to use the same words again and again. Perhaps you even feel that your English vocabulary is limited. So Ed Batista’s Vocabulary of Emotions might be quite useful. The intensity of each emotion increases as you go down the list.Continue Reading

Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs?

“Have you ever” is an icebreaker and getting-to-know-you activity which we think might work particularly well in a culturally-diverse group. Of course, you can think up your own sentences to introduce to the group, like: Have you ever sung karaoke? Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs? Have you ever kept a pet? Have you everContinue Reading

Did you know just how tricky cross-cultural small talk is?

Before you go into a cross-cultural social setting, ask yourself whether the new culture is a “peach” or a “coconut”. Are the people friendly, open and personal or are they more closed, less personal and intimate? Professor Erin Meyer explains the difference in her article in the Harvard Business Review.  Continue Reading

Working with teams

Looking for movies to use in your training sessions? You’ll find a great selection on Movies4Training powered by The Bob Pike Group. You’re looking for movies on Teamwork? Take a look here: http://www.movies4training.com/category/teamwork/1040# “Call Me Walt” can be used to discuss first impressions or cultural differences. “Players Confer with Coach” might be a good way to startContinue Reading

How diplomatic are you?

According to The Public Speaker Lisa Marshall, a diplomatic communicator is someone who can “get their message across and convince people to change without damaging the relationship”. Is that you? Or would you like to learn to communicate more diplomatically? All you need to do is to follow Lisa’s Quick and Dirty Tips. We particularly like whatContinue Reading