Tips for Trainers #3: Top 10 Considerations for Motivating Delegates

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So if you have been following my recent series of blogs, Tips for Trainers you will now be adept with Delegate Diversity and Designing an Awesome Training Activity! Anyone facilitating a development session will know the importance of motivating adult learners to learn. If the facilitator is awake and in tune with their delegates, they will notice from the whites of their eyes, when they are switching off and think about something else. This signals […]

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    Maternity Leave: 5 Practical Tips for Employers from a First Time Mother

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    “Only 66% of mothers felt that their employer supported them WILLINGLY.” Results from a recent survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has once again highlighted the persistence of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Although 84% of employers said that supporting pregnant workers and those on maternity leave is in the interests of their organisations, only 66% of mothers felt that their employer supported them willingly. I thought the word ‘willingly’ was poignant here. […]

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      Tips for Trainers #2 – 11 Steps to Designing an Awesome Group Training Activity

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      Designing Training “….be creative, be bold and innovative, but follow the rules.” Following my previous blog, Trainers Tips #1 Know Your Delegate Diversity, I wanted to get talking about something a lot of us in L&D just love to do, designing high-impact, interactive and effective learning activities. I have been crafting creative development solutions for organisations for almost 30 years; I think it’s safe to say, it’s my thing! But whether you love it or […]

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        Tips for Trainers: #1 Know Your Delegate Diversity

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        The Rich Tapestry of Delegate Diversity An actor friend of mine once said that new actors were the best prepared. I find this very true of new trainers, who usually know their programme content inside out, even rehearsing before they run a first time session. However, one of the key challenges for new trainers, is not whether they will forget the running order, or the detail on this or that model, but whether they can […]

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          Presentations: Get Confident!

          Set an anchor by thinking of something positive

          Take control & stop worrying about presentations… Some people naturally ooze confidence from every pore and seem to glide through life with never an awkward moment. A young man I’ve known since infant-hood could, at the age of 4, talk happily at the front of the classroom; at the age of 12, comfortably talk off the cuff to a crowd of parents following a rugby game; and as an intern, make a presentation to over […]

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            Unconscious Bias and Performance Management


            Are Managers influencing under-performance? Leaders need to be able to manage employee performance to meet business goals on a day-today basis, as well as at formal reviews. It’s important this is carried out equitably and in a way that meets the needs of both the individual and the organisation. But what happens if during this critical process we are inadvertently discouraging staff, limiting their opportunities to progress and excel, or leaving them feeling neglected? Unconscious […]

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              4 Top Tips to Increase Attendance at Your In-House Training Programmes


                Get Your In-House Training Programmes Bursting at the Seams! Haunted by negative past experiences, customers often ask what they can do to ensure full attendance to their schedule of in-house training programmes so with the help of one of our customers, Claire Bonnet, Equality & Diversity Officer at Midland Heart, we have complied our top 4 tips: Top Tip #1: Harness the Power of Word of Mouth As far as we are concerned, it is part […]

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