2012 Top Online Collaboration Tools for Learning Professionals

My Blended Learning students at GBC have asked at a session the other day what online collaboration tools they can use as part of their social learning toolkit since most of them are building blended or purely online curricula for the companies they work for.  Looked at my browser’s favs and here’s my list. You . . . → Read More: 2012 Top Online Collaboration Tools for Learning Professionals

Co-facilitation: Top 5 Things to Remember When You Co-Facilitate a Session

CO.. (collaborate, co-create, cooperate)

Ever worked in a matrix organization? No, it’s not like in that movie.  You report to your day-t0-day operations type managers and you also report to your project-based managers. It is beneficial organizationally because your development as an individual contributor is heightened with perspectives of how you work and your value-add . . . → Read More: Co-Facilitation is like Collaborative Management : Top 5 Things to Remember

Public Speaking for the First Time? Top 5 Things to Think About

New facilitators, speakers, presenters, need not worry – there’s a wealth of tips and tricks you can Google to assist in your preparation for your upcoming session. Here are my quick and easy to remember pointers that I’ve used to assist my students, my peers, and colleagues from decades of presenting, teaching, and speaking . . . → Read More: Public Speaking for the First Time? Top 5 Things to Think About

Lesson Plan Resource List

Sonia, a student of mine, requested a list of lesson plan samples. There are many examples online on lesson plan frameworks like Dr. Madeline Hunter or UCLA’s 7-Step,  Leeds University’s Group Work, Trinity International University’s Mini Cycles, Discovery Education, Five-Step, 4Mat, Tiered, BSCS’ 5E Model, and more.  There’s many components and structures of lesson . . . → Read More: Lesson Plan Resource List

Practice Pronouncing Publicly.. Periodically

Public speakers all have their ways of practicing their speeches. Some read aloud. Others memorize their discussion points and practice to their peers. And then there are those who pilot their speech to a small group of confidants who will provide great feedback. But along the way, every speaker realizes that there are nuances to . . . → Read More: Practice Pronouncing Publicly.. Periodically

Customizations = Engagement and maybe even True Loyalty

I like my customized espresso drink at Starbucks. When I hear a barrista in any coffee shop sigh under their breath because of a complicated drink, I wonder if the training they received that linked their corporate vision to their specific work was clearly articulated.

At a training session in Atlanta this weekend, a colleague . . . → Read More: Customizations = Engagement and maybe even True Loyalty

Hire and Develop your Boss

Someone asked me the other day how I develop my managers and I said I hire and develop people who will not just be my successors but also my boss. Let’s face it, we’re not going to be this fabulous leader forever and what better way to make sure our legacy is carried on . . . → Read More: Hire and Develop your Boss

Who are you? What are your priorities? How can I help?

Who are you? What are your priorities? How can I help?

These (and an iteration of these) were the three questions a new senior executive asked each of the members of her team on her first meeting with them.

It zeroes in on your value-add to the company elevator speech. Identifies your alignment with corporate . . . → Read More: Who are you? What are your priorities? How can I help?

Should you align your Personal New Year's Resolution with your Corporate New Year's Resolution?

What is your Corporate New Year’s resolutions this year? The categories may be….

Better Communication amongst your teams More Efficient way of running your teams (which can translate into better processes and procedures, for example) Focus on being Environment-Friendly (talk about Sustainability) Be More Aware of your corporate Diversity initiatives, Renew your focus on your . . . → Read More: Should you align your Personal New Year’s Resolution with your Corporate New Year’s Resolution?

How can you get most out of this program?

How can you get most out of this program?

This is always in the minds of presenters, instructional designers, and any L&D (Learning and Development) person when they provide any type of knowledge transfer activity.

Here’s an idea: At the start of each class, one of the simplest instructions we give to our learners are . . . → Read More: How can you get most out of this program?