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It’s not you, it’s them (some of the time anyway)

I had a really interesting experience whilst facilitating last week. I was running an all day session for a group of senior professionals.  After lunch one of the delegates lifted his phone and a notebook and left the room.  I

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The Unintentional Trainer’s Guide to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Here’s what you need to know about Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs (who many of you may have heard of but not necessarily know much about): 1.  He was an American Psychologist who died in 1970. 2.  Maslow’s big

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The Perfect Trainer’s Kit Bag

You may not deliver or facilitate training full time.  You may not even ever deliver a full day’s session on your own, but you will want to have your own “Trainer’s Kit Bag”.  Having everything you may need to hand

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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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The Unintentional Trainer’s Guide to Structuring Training

Structuring your training session: it can be difficult to know where to start when you are designing your session.  What goes first?  How much background information (if any) do you give? How much detail do you provide? How long should

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The Unintentional Trainers Guide to Group Training Techniques

It can be easy to fall into a design rut – where you use the same types of exercises and techniques to deliver content over and over.  It’s always good to freshen up your material regularly.  Not least because you

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The Unintentional Trainer’s Guide to The Training Cycle

The Training Cycle is a brilliant, easy to use model.  It provides the core stages that you must work through to ensure that you end up with a learning solution which does what it needs to.  It is one of

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Just-In-Time Training: when is it just enough?

Last week a friend was telling me about a trip they are due to make at the end of the month to America to provide some 1-2-1 training to a client on a software system.  Whilst the trip itself sounds

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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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Is anyone here a beekeeper?

Last week a swarm of around 5’000 honey bees started a nest on a shop front in central London (The Scotsman, Sat 17 May 2014 , p17).  It’s thought that the unusual nesting place was picked by the queen bee,

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