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Passionate Training! Why it's “All that.”

Passionate Training! Why it's “All that.”
All of you have experienced it at one time or another. You've sat in a training and watched magic happen right before your eyes. You've felt engaged, involved, and motivated to learn. The time sped by and when you were finished you couldn’t wait to “go and do.” Contrast that to what we usually sit through; a dry and boring monologue or demo that made you go to your happy place just to make it through. So what makes the difference between the two? Some say it is knowledge of the information, others would say it is all about delivery. I would say it comes down to neither of those. What makes the difference is the passion the trainer feels about helping you be better. When a trainer is truly passionate about helping you, you want to learn. When you know they care you become vested in your own learning because you wouldn’t want to let them down. They help you feel unafraid to explore the unknown because you know you have a friend right next to you that wants you to succeed. As great as all this sounds, how do we encourage our trainers to be passionate? It starts with encouraging them to care about those they will train. They need to understand what issues they have, why they need what you are training about, and how they can affect their lives for good. Seem altruistic? Maybe so, but I don’t think you ever find a great trainer that doesn’t carry some kind of passion for those they ......
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PBL and Training-More Than Just Peanut Butter

PBL and Training-More Than Just Peanut Butter
Have you ever wondered how you can make your training more effective without hiring a rock and roll band to entertain the students? Look no further than Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL has been used and researched heavily in education and has found good adoption. Using PBL in a typical technology training environment is less common. Let me explain… Often times in training we assume that the best way to help our trainees learn is to simply tell them what we want them to know. But imagine training where instead of giving you the answers, you are given problems to solve instead. These problems must be related to the learning at hand of course, and a place to find the answers should also be provided. This is like turning a classroom upside down and making the student the teacher. Add small groups to the mix and you have a fun interactive treasure hunt that can yield big rewards. Why would I do this… One of the biggest rewards to using problems in your trainings is that the learning has a better tendency to stick when you have to search for the answer. When we are just told the information we have to find a way to attach that new learning to something we already know so that we know what bucket to store it in our brains. Without that association the learning has a tendency to go in one ear and out another. When you have to search for an answer you build you......
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