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Most of what I know about learning and development, I learned from 10th graders

I often make the comment in workshops—especially when the class is for internal trainers or SMEs preparing to lead their own workshops—that the best teacher-training I ever received occurred at my...
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Three Smart Strategies for Conducting Meetings People Won’t Hate

I listened to a really interesting NPR story last week about workday meetings. It said that, “the average American office worker spends more than nine hours of every week preparing for, or...
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4 Ways to Avoid Being a Soul-crushing Facilitator

Over the weekend I was reminded yet again of how poorly people understand the art of facilitating group discussions. BackstoryI participated in a meeting made up of leaders of various professional...
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Moderating a Panel: 3 Unconventional Best Practices

I remember watching Greg (Turpin’s VP) moderate a panel discussion several years ago. As I observed, I realized that the discussion was one of the best I’d ever attended. It was good, not only...
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No Easy Button

Recently, Greg and I delivered a facilitation skills for trainers workshop to a group of Subject Matter Experts. This group had been called upon to deliver training to less-seasoned employees in...
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Facilitation - Sep 9, 2013

Rethinking the Visual Component of Your Presentations (Part 3 of 4)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 4 This is the third in a series of four articles about the need to take a fresh look at the visuals you use in your presentations. In this article I’ll talk about images that you use during your...
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2 min read
Facilitation - Aug 19, 2013

Wearing Two Hats: Facilitating Successful Meetings When You’re the Boss

Facilitating a group discussion always brings with it a unique set of challenges. Every group involves different personalities, perspectives, and needs. Facilitators have to work hard to create an environment in which a...
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2 min read
Facilitation - Jun 4, 2013

The 2 Levels of Defining Presentation Success

Your success as a business presenter always exists on two levels. On one level it is determined by whether the stated goal of the presentation is reached. Did the buyer agree to buy, for example. Or, did your team see the...
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Facilitation - Dec 5, 2012

Trusting and Being Trusted

Earlier this year, Greg Owen-Boger posted a blog entry here called “TRUST: It’s Yours to Lose”In it he talked about what a senior executive needed to do to keep the trust of the people in his organization. Greg’s point was...
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Facilitation - Jul 30, 2012

People think I’m mad all the time. As it turns out, I just have a “thinking face.” Anything I can do?

This is a problem I’m very familiar with; I too have a “thinking face.” When I am deep in thought my face naturally gets a very stern look on it. I didn’t realize it until my colleagues kept asking me, “What’s wrong?” or “What...
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