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Stimulate creativity in your training courses - part I
by Simona Giancola - Saturday, 24 September 2016, 12:55 PM
 

Have you ever heard of "lateral thinking"?


In the last years in most job interviews candidates (especially for managerial positions) are asked to give an example of their lateral thinking skills. What they are actually asked is: Can you think in an innovative way? Are you capable of ...

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Stimulate creativity in your training courses - part II
by Simona Giancola - Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 3:27 PM
 

As you might have read in the first part of our blog about this topic, brainstorming is a technique used for finding solutions by stimulating creative ideas.

During brainstorming session basically a group of people with or without conscious knowledge of the topic meets and generates ...

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Storytelling and learning
by Federica Marra - Monday, 21 August 2017, 3:46 PM
 


Stories and human brains


Humans love stories. From the beginning of human communities we are used to sit together - maybe next to the fire - and tell each other stories, or to paint images on the walls of a cave as a storyboard: stories about divinities, heroes, other men. This process shaped ...

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Visualisation as a technique for trainers to get prepared
by Rene Pieneman - Monday, 21 August 2017, 3:47 PM
 

When the reporter asked Agassi what he felt like now he became champion, he replied that he won Wimbledon already a thousand times. People laughed until he explained that he visualized himself thousands of times how he won the match. He forced his body to obey to his vision and defeated the rival...

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Differences between presenting, facilitating and training
by Rene Pieneman (Admin) - Sunday, 9 July 2017, 9:59 PM
 

People often question me "How do you know when you need to present or give a training? Also, what are the key differences between these methods?' However, the terms presenting, facilitating and training are often used interchangeably when, in fact, they differ depending on the outcome of what you...
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The forgetting curve
by Rene Pieneman (Admin) - Friday, 15 July 2016, 9:38 AM
 
Imagine you're put in charge of an important 5 day training program for your company. You do everything right: - you analyse the training needs of your participants, - you spend weeks to design a great engaging course, - you detail all important stuff in a training script. And as a result you ...
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Flow: The optimal learning experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
by Rene Pieneman (Admin) - Friday, 15 July 2016, 9:16 AM
 

Have you ever been in a situation that you lost track of time? Everything around you seemed to fade away, from the ringing of phones to the people passing in the hallways. Your attention was focused entirely on what you were doing, and you were so engaged that you might even have missed lunch....

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When Zelda and Super Mario join your training course
by Rene Pieneman (Admin) - Monday, 6 June 2016, 12:31 PM
 
If you ask children "What is work?”, they will very likely reply "School and homework!”. But if you ask them "What is playing?” many of them will surely reply "Videogames!". Clearly there should be a way to help kids learn from what they do best: playing. That's why many educators are looking ...
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On the job training: advantages and disadvantages
by Rene Pieneman (Admin) - Monday, 6 June 2016, 12:12 PM
 
Job training can be delivered in different ways. 'On the job' training is just one of the ways on how a company might choose to make sure that employees get the right knowledge and the right skills that the job requires.

Undoubtedly, employment needs, can differ from company to company. However, ...

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Succesfull feedback
by Rene Pieneman (Admin) - Monday, 6 June 2016, 12:07 PM
 
Have you ever experienced in your training course that the feedback that participants were giving each other was not useful?! I encountered this a few times for my company Vliegende Olifant, where I enrolled a communications skills training course, which I loved doing. Working on the development ...Read the rest of this topic
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