12 Questions to Ask Your Corporate Trainers (Before You Hire Them)

According to Forbes, 65.9% of corporate trainings are still instructor-led. With eLearnings, mobile learning, webinars, and just-in-time trainings on the rise, many training providers and training staff may be under the impression that the vast majority of trainings these days are actually not trainer-led; however, nothing could be further from the truth.

 

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Considering the above staggering statistic, it’s quite imperative then that training providers select top trainers who lead through talent, teachability, and trust.  [Read more…]

How Training Providers and Trainers Can Stay Current in 7 Simple Strategies

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. -Chinese Proverb

 

Here are 7 tips you can immediately implement to keep your courses and workshops current, gain more clients, keep old clients engaged, help others grow and develop, all while earning more money.

 

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How Training Providers and Trainers Can Stay Current in 7 Simple Strategies

 

1. Read and research as much as possible. Have a favorite book that touched your life? Create some exercises from specific lessons you learnt in that favorite book—this is a wonderful way to stay fresh in the training industry. Incorporate cool and funky questionnaires, group activities and games based on what you’ve recently read. Most trainers I’ve met are using the same material over and over; not only are they bored from teaching the same thing but this bored energy is transferred to the participants which only results in crappy evaluations and no-repeat-business for you, the trainer, or the training provider.

2. Search YouTube and Facebook frequently for short, fun and poignant video clips that illustrate various topics you wish to highlight in your customize courses. YouTube is also a wonderful source of fun and funny icebreakers you can incorporate into your modules to keep the energy high and the participants open-minded.

3. Invent your own games, activities and exercises. Simply offering a few games and exercises you invented customizes your content and demonstrates how committed you are to your craft. Share the systems you’ve designed and created and don’t forget to include the backstory of why and how you created these systems.  [Read more…]

[Final post of 4-part series] What’s Your Adversity Quotient?

 

Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.- Thomas C. Monson

 

 

Although most of us are teaching our participants and clients significant ways to buck systems, forego the status quo, embrace the unconventional, and to go extreme by choosing adversity as an advantage, when life actually throws us a curve ball, we tend to want to hide as training professionals. Often our ego is so bruised or we experience so much confusion, that hiding under the covers seems so much more comfortable than heading back out into the ever-chaotic world of busyness, traffic, competition and work.

 

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Adversity is the number one thing we experience on a daily basis and either we ride the wave of adversity and embrace it or we allow it to take us over. No matter which route you take, you are the one who decides. 
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Training Budgets are Always the First to Get Cut. Don’t Let it Be You.

“Our proudest achievements can come from the face of our greatest adversity.” –Mark Manson

The Training industry can be a cut-throat biz, although, we don’t usually think of Training in this way. Generally, when we hear the word, “Training,” we automatically think of the fun, excitement, and learning that comes with Training. But, I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a dark-side to the Training Industry that just ain’t so pretty for Training suppliers and Trainers.

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Wednesday’s Wisdom: Train Yourself to Live Unapologetically in 8 Successful Steps

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Don Cheadle couldn’t have said it any better. It IS incredibly intoxicating when somebody is living so unapologetically who they truly are. Insatiably intoxicating in fact. But, the sad fact is that so many of us aren’t living out our essence and too many of us apologize for choices and decisions we make often to the point of even recanting statements, reneging upon decisions or back-pedalling when one disagrees with our stance or opinion. Living this way becomes exhausting, angering, frustrating, confusing, and isolating. It can even lead to an identity-crisis. 

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5 Things Lasting Leaders Refuse to Do

At the age of 24, I became a Probation Officer for the County of Alameda in the city of Oakland, California. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I couldn’t wait to start my new career. I wasn’t necessarily “fresh out of college,” as I had graduated two years prior with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology but this was my first real job as up till that point, I’d been supporting myself as a professional make-up artist. I know, major jump from fashion to crime-stopping.

On my first day reporting to the Probation Center, I was immediately told I did not have a supervisor and that nobody was sure when I would have one. Also, I was informed I did not have an official caseload and nobody knew what types of offenders I would even end up supervising. In the interim, I had three (3) separate supervisors I would report to and five (5) “low” cases to supervise, which meant low-offending criminals who more-than-likely committed a burglary, sold some pot or possibly was a first-time offender at the time. Months went by reporting to these three separate supervisors who in essence, started to be at odds with each other regarding the various conflicting instructions they each were giving me. [Read more…]