Past entries might fool you into thinking that anything to do with TED might be that fabulous innovative conference/website www.ted.com (if you haven't visited....it's a must!).  On this occasion, however, it's not.  Seems that the AQTF/IBSA might be inadvertantly leveraging a pretty wonderful...

Today I was with a friend, and her teenage son, and we were talking about Facebook, and the phenomenon of Farmville! My friend's son was a little critical of our seeming "addiction" to this new Facebook application. To be fair, my daughter too, has been a little incredulous.   I have found...

Social networking seems to be in my orbit at the moment. I seem to find myelf talking a lot about what I'm doing, how I'm doing it, and whether it's working or not.   Tonight I was at the Victorian Chapter of the National Speakers Meeting, listening to a very interesting presentation by Gihan...

I did a workshop today for a group of sales people, and being somewhat fired up over the past couple of days about mediocrity in training, I felt like I had better deliver something special.  It was a group of 20 or so sales reps from a large travel company.   Typically, these guys are really...

I have just got off the phone from a client who was a little cross. We were having a mentoring session, and she shared that she was very frustrated because her role is to evaluate the training being delivered in her organisation, and her findings so far indicated that most of the trainers she is...

I remember when I was in about Year 11 or 12 at high school, and I made the mistake of taking Chemistry as a subject. It was a mistake because I really had no interest or aptitude. What I had, through, was a Father interested in helping me learn the basics, and funnily enough, I have never...

I was asked to present a session at today's Faciltiation One Day Wonder, organised by the Victorian Chapter of the Australasian Facilitators Network.  Apart from the honor of being asked, I was also very excited about sharing the Graphic Recording & Facilitating story to a group of...

Last night I presented at this event   Obviously attended by mostly PAs/EAs in the corporate space.   I did my usual floor show, and I was in fact teaching them about conversational rapport using Universals and Truisms. I was very blatant about them, and the results you can get, for example,...

This was my third visit to the IFVP conference, and I believe the experiences are getting better and better all the time. It's not just a great opportunity to catch up with friends, colleagues and generally like minded people, but a chance to practise, learn and take your skills to the next...

I find that it’s rare that a student get’s in touch with me following a training to let me know how they are going using the skills that were taught in a session. So it makes it all the more exciting when a student gets in touch and not only is demonstrating the skill, but is demonstrating...

Just thought I’d upload a couple of charts I produced at a conference a week or so ago. A group of about 50 doing a world cafe conversation with a bit of a circus theme. Had much fun and games with the world cafe banner in the “circus-ey” font. Took ages!  

Yesterday morning I got the call that all trainers and facilitators have, in some way, been preparing for their whole careers.   A good friend and colleague called at 7.30am to say he was ill…..too ill to facilitate a 4 hour workshop and would I be able to step in for him.   One of the...

I must confess to feeling a little outraged! I feel a rant coming on….   I had a lengthy conversation with a colleague yesterday and we got around to (again) this notion that the Cert IV has become a meaningless piece of paper that for some reason anyone who wants to train feels compelled to...

You know, generally I hate the “feel good” e-mails that come around, full of soppy sentiment.  I know that sounds harsh……   However recently I was sent a message that hit the mark for me.  A friend sent it to me and it didn’t have any references, so I don’t know who to attribute it...

I am in the middle of running a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment….my way.   This generally means that I’m teaching people to actually train, and train well…rather than understand the bureaucracy that is the AQF/AQTF. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do teach what is necessary and written in...

I saw the latest Star Trek film again last night (for the third time). This time in IMAX …. a bit overwhelming, even for me.   Anyhoo - I was reminded of a book that is sitting on my shelf that was a gift years ago, entitled “Make it So. Leadership Lessons from Start Trek the Next Generation”...

I have been thinking about this a lot lately….and done some thinking around the usefulness of knowing learning styles.   Generally, they are taught because it’s good to know there are differences in the way people learn…for example (and, rightly or wrongly, these are compliments of Wikipedia...

Just did 2 days in Sydney with the fabulous Matt Church.   Matt’s promise is to put you in touch with your expertise and offers a system that if you follow, can bring about $1M in 36 months.   So - best bits for me…..using models to crystallise your thinking, diversifying your message and...

You may be familiar with the TED conference that happens in the United States. Top thinkers on Technology, Education and Design come together and share new ideas and thinking. TED.com is a great source of short sharp videos and recordings on everything from Dog Training through to   Amazing...

I have been playing around with a new idea of getting people participating in training. For a long time now, I have been using strategies that build a positive relationship with the group, and recently I began to think more about what prevents people from wanting to be in the training...

Last year I attended a 5 day training in Sydney run by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic-St Clair. It was a week of mixed feelings.   I got a lot from the training, mostly during the morning sessions, and one thing that I continue to use and that comes back to me time after time, is the notion of...

Putting myself under a bit of pressure at the moment. I sell myself as the “trainers trainer” who can teach anyone how to create engaging training for any content and any audience. In fact, one of the mantra’s I’ve got going on is….”There’s no such thing as dry content, just a dry...

I don’t mind watching sport on TV, much to my husbands delight. I can enjoy a game of AFL, and don’t mind Test Cricket (although I prefer 1 dayers) and after 8 years of living in Melbourne, am almost over Rugby League….but I still understand the game.   During an Olympics, however, I find...

I have enroled myself into a program in May called “Thought Leaders Immersion Program“. Its run buy a guy called Matt Church and has been recommended to me from a number of trusted people in diverse industries. This is enough evidence for me to give him a go.   So a couple of things I have...

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