Training Closers to end a Learning Day
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by Susan Landay
1w ago
Training closers can be make-it or break-it experiences. I asked my LinkedIN crew for their suggestions on the best ways to close a learning event for maximum impact and retention. As always, the group came through, sharing their favorite training closers for getting closure at the end of a training day. Start-Stop-Continue-Change Sticky Notes BUY NOW Use it or Lose it! “I tell the delegates that, despite good intentions, most training is wasted. When they get back to work, they will be overwhelmed by day-to-day demands and will stop thinking about what they learned. Only if they use someth ..read more
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Popular Board Games used for Content Training
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by Susan Landay
2M ago
While everyone is out shopping for gifts and toys for the holidays, I thought this a good time to resurface the answers to Angela’s Hannon’s Linked-IN question, “has anyone used board games in a creative way to train on content?” Not surprisingly, she received a slew of creative answers. So, if you find yourself wandering through the game aisle at a toy store, invite yourself to think creatively about how you might use some of those playful games as learning activities. Board Games for Learning These suggestions from fellow group members might get your thoughts flowing: Monopoly – used to tea ..read more
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Creating Your Corporate Training Library
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by Susan Landay
4M ago
LIBRARIES.  I don’t know if you can refer to collections of games, training courses, and toys as a “corporate training library,” but I can’t think of a better word for these essential assortments of tools and resources. What is a library anyway? I worry that the word “library,” may be polarizing. When you were a kid, were you one who relished getting lost in stacks? Or, did you find the endless shelves a tad overwhelming? As a child, I found reading difficult and libraries somewhat intimidating. Nevertheless, in college, I came to love the quiet rooms, comfy chairs, and rich resources of ..read more
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The Best Teacher Supply Guide for Back-to-School
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by Susan Landay
6M ago
Most teachers are familiar with Back-to-School Supply Lists. Typically, they included pens, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, notebooks, and the other usual staples that are readily available at office supply stores. These may be perfect for your learners, but unfortunately, they leave teachers woefully ill-equipped. Where can you find the cool stuff that makes your classroom fun and effective? Use Trainers Warehouse to help you create your best teacher supply list ever! Dry-Erase Prize Wheel $79.95 BUY NOW Trainers Warehouse makes it easy to find a huge variety of innovative teaching aids ..read more
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Why Can’t Teachers be Funny in School? Encouraging Classroom Humor
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by Susan Landay
6M ago
We were on vacation this summer and made plans to meet our friend Mike for a drink. Mike happens to be one of the funniest people I know. He’s also a high school math teacher at my sons’ school. Even though both of my boys have graduated from high school, they were dreading the prospect of this meet-up. How could I possibly schedule a drink with a teacher during their vacation? After our laughter-filled visit and goodbyes, Ted asked, “why can’t teachers be funny like that in school?”  He had a good point. Classroom Humor is critical for memorable and enjoyable learning. Teachers can and s ..read more
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Learning Golf in my 50s — Lessons for Trainers
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by Susan Landay
7M ago
Learning something new is never easy, but it also seems to get harder as we get older. At 57, I decided to take my first golf lesson. While I’ve always been fairly athletic, I’m completely dorky when it comes to arm coordination. My two sons will attest to this as they’ve each tried to teach me to throw a baseball or toss a frisbee. Nonetheless, I wanted to learn how to swing a golf club. I also wanted to experience learning something new as an adult. What might learning golf teach me about training? Learning golf from a pro Once I made my decision, I scheduled a golf lesson. I’d learn from an ..read more
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Role Play Activities and Tips for Trainers
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by Susan Landay
8M ago
While many trainers love role-play activities because they can be amazing learning opportunities, participants can find them utterly terrifying. We’ve gathered this bunch of tips to make role-play activities more fun and effective for facilitators and players. In addition, find a range of role-playing suggestions to enhance specific skill development efforts. Tips include: General Tips for Role-Playing Exercises Exaggerated Role Play 3 Balls Request wrong answers Reward mistakes Swap roles frequently * Freeze Tag Active Observers Start & Stop Content Areas Emotional Intelligence Active ..read more
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7 Ways Training is like Growing Grass
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by Susan Landay
9M ago
Maybe you have a lawn service. Perhaps you live in a place where the lawn is lush. Or maybe you go to a park to find anything green. For me, growing grass is an annual battle that reminds me of a lot of learning and training. And, just to be clear, I should admit that I’m a total amateur when it comes to growing grass, but not growth mindset training. Growing Grass is like Growth Mindset Training I wish my grass was like a tree, that grows and grows with little attention. Instead, it’s more like a person, a life-long learner who needs constant attention, repetition, and reinforcement. Every ye ..read more
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How to Clean your Dry-Erase Whiteboard
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by Susan Landay
9M ago
A quick online search will lead you to dozens of Whiteboard Cleaners. We tried them all! We used them to clean dry-erase “ghosting,” permanent marker, and years of grunge. We tested the dry-erase cleansers on standard whiteboard surfaces, painted-on whiteboards, and whiteboard adhesive film. Conducting the Test of Dry-Erase Cleaning Solutions We started by testing 10 products on two whiteboards that hadn’t been cleaned for many months, as well as an adhesive film dry-erase surface. Each had markings that wouldn’t erase with a dry eraser or paper towel. We tried:  white vinegar, WD-40, nai ..read more
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Learning from Mistakes – Bloopers, Oops, & Outtakes
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by Susan Landay
11M ago
I was cruising around some training and coaching websites and noticed Diana Frances’ link to UGLY PHOTOS. I really did “LOL” as I browsed her portraits laden with half-closed eyes and silly expressions—shots that normally get trashed, not posted. While most of us completely avoid showing our blemishes, we also jump at the opportunity to view others’ “oops, outtakes, and bloopers”!  As trainers, I think we have an untapped opportunity here; an opportunity to use people’s natural urge to witness others’ foibles to enhance learning and retention. Read on to explore the ins and outs of mistak ..read more
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