A taste of two worlds. And a time honoured lesson. I was trying to put soya sauce on my sushi the other day and having a devil of a time. The little package of soya sauce didn't have a small pre-cut in it designed to make it easy to open. While yesterday my taste buds were watering in … [Read more...] about Start small & think big; creme brulee over soya sauce
I love to travel. Really love to travel. And now I know why. Jonah Lehrer in his post called 'Why we travel' says travel puts distance between who we are and what we know. When we're surrounded by the familiar we're surrounded by associations and assumptions that are as hard to get rid of as … [Read more...] about Why do we (need to) travel?
"Hey you! Come here, come here!" Her voice, intense and commanding, sounded like it was being stretched taught across a gravel pit. It was my first day on the job. I was 17 and working in a centre that provided jobs for developmentally delayed adults. When I stopped and looked for the owner of … [Read more...] about Job training, elves & bras
When was the last time you learned something powerful in a group setting? I've asked my workshop participants this very question hundreds of times and I can count on one hand the number of times someone relayed an example that took place in a university setting (see my caveat below). Powerful … [Read more...] about Powerful training = powerful learning
As a corporate trainer and one who loves seeing the bright sparks of participant's learning, while expanding their thoughts, and making connections, I believe it's important in any training to anchor the learning. To facilitate activities that help participants transfer the learning to their … [Read more...] about My Extended, Quirky To Do List
"This tastes yellow tastes mommy?" my then two year old told me as he ate something that was not the colour yellow. Half of my brain marveled at his unusual and creative description, while half of my brain jumped to thinking about the seeds of an activity in his statement. Since Jeremy's … [Read more...] about What does yellow taste like?
Caption: Einstein didn't own a hairbrush either Check out the Globe and Mail article by Simon Houpt 'In branding higher learning, iti's out with the old school'. He talks a bit about work I did with one of our clients, Simon Fraser University. I did a workshop with the student recruiters (the … [Read more...] about In branding higher learning, it's out with the old school
Recently I attended a luncheon at the annual CSTD (Canadian Society for Trainingand Development) / IFTDO (International Federation of Training and Development Organizations) international conference. Around me were professional trainers of all sorts. Being a born and bred trainer my antennae … [Read more...] about Questions are the lasers of illumination
Kampala, Uganda. Christmas is coming and I decide to take a break from work to do some shopping. Kenneth and Patricia, youth from the One Stop Youth Centre, where I’ve been working, volunteer to take this mzungu (white person) to Owino Market. First task is to get there. With a mix of … [Read more...] about Boda Bodas: from Oxfam to Razor Blades