Category Archives: Training articles

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: “Call Me Walt” can be used to discuss first impressions or cultural differences. “Players Confer with Coach” might be a good way to start… Continue Reading

Tuckman’s model

Of course, you know about Tuckman’s Team and Group Development Model. But you might just like to click on the link to remind yourself of your role as the leader of a group – and, of course, to learn or revise the terms in English!   Continue Reading

A new thinking style?

“Disruptive thinking” might be explained as thinking the unthinkable – thinking out of the box and coming up with unexpected solutions to our challenges. We could start with the five steps mentioned in this article here and see where it takes us! 😉 Continue Reading

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

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: You’re not sure how to… Continue 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, we learn what effective feedback is and how we should give and receive it. Useful language for giving feedback includes:… 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: – University of Southern California – might inspire you to use it if you’re not using it already! Continue Reading