In these turbulent, trying times we are apart but that doesn’t mean we have to be isolated. Tech tools can help bring us together, they can help us connect, bridge and help us feel like we belong. Seriously. Based on popular demand, building on last month's Roundtable, we're back for … [Read more...] about Learning and Development Roundtable: Harnessing Tech Tools for Turbulent Times Part Two
The family favourite cornbread recipe is dog eared and not a little stained. It’s passed through many kitchens in a couple of countries. Now I’d brought it to Kenya. And it was the reason I was standing dazed and not a little confused in an endless aisle of flours, searching for … [Read more...] about Four tools of intercultural living (maise meal included)
Recently I wrote about “How to make your workshops not suck in three easy steps” including the strategic use of icebreakers, energizers and F.G.L.A.’s (facilitated group learning activities). Today I’m going to share the connection between F.G.L.A’s and group groans and how to ensure you get you … [Read more...] about How to make your workshop not suck part 2; from group groans to the E.L.C.
You’ve got hard won subject matter expertise. You’re set on changing the world (or your corner of it). You’re keen to share your wisdom with the world but you’re afraid of falling into the trap of creating a workshop that: Is boringIs nothing much more than a lectureDoesn’t engage your … [Read more...] about How to make your workshops not suck in three easy steps
Whether you’re a solopreneur, manage a team of many or somewhere in between, given today’s fast paced, changing world, L and D (as in learning and development) is not optional. It’s mandatory. But rest assured, lest that bring to mind awkward memories of struggling to learn in school, L and … [Read more...] about Do you work with humans? Then you need to be into L and D. Here’s why.
This month marks 20 years of me being self-employed. Can you believe it?! I’ve got so many reasons to celebrate, not the least of which is you dear reader. So let’s look back on 20 years & get the party started. All month you’ll see extra goodies, gifts & great resources. The same year I … [Read more...] about 20 years of Learning & Development; Rachel’s haircut, Google & me
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)
It was 4am. A bunch of sleepy faces looked up at me from their seats. I swear I could feel crusty bits of sleep dust in my eyes though I’d vigorously washed my face to wake up. I was about to deliver a workshop to a group of factory workers. I had to knock it out of the park because the workshop … [Read more...] about How I reacted when a ‘problem student’ asked me how old I was