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The Unintentional Trainer’s Guide to Training Room Layout

The training room layout that you chose for your session can have a big impact on the success of your session.  You can set your room up to encourage small group working, delegate interaction or to have the delegates focus

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The Unintentional Trainer’s Guide to The Learning Ladder

The learning ladder is a brilliant model to help you think about the process that people go through when learning a new skill. Most of you can probably drive a car so we’ll use that as an example (if you

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New to Training: To Tell or Not To Tell?

This weekend I attended a revision training session for some voluntary work that I do.  Our facilitator for the day was someone that we hadn’t had previously and during her introduction to the day she said “I’m new to the

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First Day Nerves?

Last Wednesday was my daughters first day at school.  She had been looking forward to it all Summer and couldn’t wait to go and see her friends again (her class is mostly made up of the children she went to

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Dealing with Difficult Delegates (part 7): Tangent Tracey

We’ve reached part 7 of our Difficult Delegate series and if you are new to training, no-one could blame you for being a bit put off by all these different types of difficult behaviours that we have to deal with. 

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Dealing with Difficult Delegates (part 6): Distracted Dot

Welcome to the latest post in our Dealing with Difficult Delegate series.  This week we’re going to be looking at Distracted Dot and thinking about the strategies you can use to both engage Dot and stop their behaviour impacting on

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Dealing with Difficult Delegates (part 5): Know-it-all Norman

We’ve all been in a session where one of the attendees either knows, or worse think they knows – more about the topic than the person leading the event. As a fellow delegate this can be annoying at best and

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Dealing with Difficult Delegates (part 4): Talkative Tom

So far in this series we’ve look at difficult delegates as being ones who are tough to handle in a negative sense.  But difficult delegates aren’t always the ones who bring down the mood of the session. Let me introduce

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Dealing with Difficult Delegates (part 3): Inappropriate Ian

The third type of difficult delegate that we’re going to look at in this series is Inappropriate Ian. Now, our friend Ian is a funny kind of delegate, but I’m sure you’ve come across him – if not in a

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Intrinsic Motivation is the Key

Over the last few weeks I’ve been attending a training programme for some voluntary work I’ll be doing from May.  It’s a pretty intensive course: 6 (full days) of classroom based learning, delivered every 2nd Saturday A chunk of pre-reading

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