Training across cultures

According to OMT Global’s article, training designed to be delivered to participants from multiple cultures needs to:

1. use simple language, avoiding acronyms and double meanings, and

2. have a modular structure that can flex and adapt to the learning style of the participants.

Needless to say, it’s vital to plan well in advance.


Why should we use movie scenes?

Do you use movie scenes in your training sessions? If you haven’t used them until now, you might like to listen this podcast, in which Becky Pike Pluth from the Bob Pike Group explains why you should and the three different ways you can use them.Continue Reading

“Schwein gehabt” in English?

We know it’s not easy to translate idioms into another language. So how can we explain these well-known German idioms? Schwein gehabt! Er hat nicht alle Tassen im Schrank. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. Ich habe die Nase voll. Da ist Hopfen und Malz verloren. Schönen Feierabend. Es ist mir Wurst. Ich drückeContinue Reading

Let your worries go

Duration: 30 minutes Objective: This opener helps identify participants’ worries and fears about the training topic or the training itself. Instructions: Ask participants to ‘privately’ write down their worries and fears about the training topic or training itself. Ask if anyone would like to share these with the group (of course, they don’t have to). If youContinue Reading

On self-discovery

“When one door closes another door opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham BellContinue Reading

How to negotiate

If one of your topics is on negotiating, you might be able to use some of these video clips.Continue Reading

You think these words are English?

We often hear people use words like handy, beamer, open air, oldtimer, mobbing, smoking, public viewing, show master etc. incorrectly. So what are the real English words? Deutsche Welle clearly explains 13 of them.Continue Reading

Classify This

Collect at least 20 different objects and put them in the middle of a table or on the floor. The wider the selection, the better. (You can take office supplies, jewellery, toys, game pieces, and so on.) The goal is to collect items that, at first glance, have no apparent connection. Break the team intoContinue Reading

On asking

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” Mahatma GandhiContinue Reading

Stress management

If one of your topics is stress management, you might be able to use some of these short video clips.Continue Reading