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The Unintentional Trainer’s Guide to The Perfect Handout

Once you have developed your learning solution (whether it’s virtual or face-to-face) one of the things you’ll want to consider is whether or not to provide your delegates with a handout.  Generally speaking, when someone says “I’ve got handouts”, delegates

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Key Factors to Consider when Developing Training

There are a number of key factors to consider when developing training.  Not doing this may lead to you creating something which isn’t fit for purpose, or worse, something which doesn’t get off the ground at all! What is you

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Doing a TNA – Where are we now?

Following on from our recent post about understanding the purpose of a piece of training/learning, this post looks at how to determine where your target group are now. In short, you need to assess the current degree of competence against

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Doing a Training Needs Analysis: purpose of the learning?

The need for a Training Needs Analysis will arise from a variety of circumstances, but typically these include: • Performance issues with an individual, department or team • Planned introduction of a new system, task, piece of technology, process or

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Handouts: 12 Tips To Make Them Fabulous!

How many times have you started a presentation, referred to a PowerPoint slide and had your delegates ask if they will be getting handouts?  It happens all the time, but here’s why just providing a copy of your slides isn’t

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The Ideal Visual Aid: Big, Bold & Brief.

A visual aid should be used to enhance a session, but all too often they are used wrongly. When it comes to PowerPoint, the rules are very simple. Slide content should be: PowerPoint is capable of some pretty nifty tricks,

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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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How to conduct a skills audit

In our blog post “Is anyone here a beekeeper?”, we suggested that all Learning Departments should conduct a skills audit of their workforce.  Having this information will let you make best use of the resources you have within your company

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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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