Would you hire a plumber to sew you a suit? What about hiring a gynecologist to teach you violin? No? It sounds absurd, right? Yet many people erroneously believe that being a subject matter expert is enough to be able to teach. In other words, if I know a subject, that … [Read more...] about Three wildly important components for powerful trainings
Easter eggs. Do visions of chocolate dance in your head? Sorry. That’s not the kind of Easter Eggs I’m talking about. These ones are much more intriguing not to mention much easier on your waistline. But first a question. How many items do you see in this … [Read more...] about Surprise and delight your workshop participants by using Easter Eggs
“We’d rather be rather stuck than screwed.” In other words, we’d rather play it small and keep on keeping on, than change lanes, change course and change direction. Below are the seven tips to handle your dreaded learning curve. Keep reading. This excellent quote is from the incisive, … [Read more...] about Seven tips to handle your dreaded learning curve
When my kids were little and we visited our good friend Tricia and her kids, one of the first things they’d do was pull out the dress- up bag. Inside that bag were treasures galore. In a mere matter of minutes, one of the kids could be a pirate, while another was a dancer and yet … [Read more...] about Do you have a ‘Try Stuff’ box? Here’s how to get one
What the F?! Or rather, what the four F’s? You’ve got a workshop to deliver, a course to teach, a presentation to get through. Here’s some handy advice for how to shine bright. Find out what the four F's can do to your learning! F number 1 Find your focus. Instead … [Read more...] about What the (four) Fs?!
If you know me at all you know I am all about learning. Learning in diverse, inclusive, engaging, powerful ways. Learning to unlearn, relearn, and learn for the first time. We’re facing so many incredibly challenging social problems that we need new thinking to overcome. … [Read more...] about Oh the places you’ll … learn
Do you have fire-itis? Symptoms of fire-itis include: You’re beyond on fire, you have so many to-do lists you need lists for your lists You’re overwhelmed and/or exhausted You’re burning and brimming with ideas, inspiration, and you’ve got more projects on the go than the population of a … [Read more...] about The signs, symptoms of fire-itis and what to do about it
Remember that time when your mom or dad or caregiver stood with a ruler between your nose & theirs? You know, that time they said ‘this is how far apart you stand in social conversation.’ Nope? No memory of that? Of course not. You implicitly learned how far apart to stand when talking to … [Read more...] about Remember when you stood with a ruler between your nose & theirs? How culture influences teaching.
My brain screamed at me to not show shock or surprise. While my heart was busy jumping into my throat I focused on being as supportive as I possibly could. We were wayyy over time. I was facilitating a small group of youth at a leadership conference & one by one they shared extremely … [Read more...] about What trainers are missing & why it’s critical you have one (whether you teach or not)