Category: Learning

Sandpaper and Learning

You didn’t ask, but I’ll give you the answer anyway: the reason my site has a sandpaper background is to honor the role that woodworking played in my professional development. Some background: when I was in junior high school, I

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A Gentle Reminder

It’s the eighth day of the new year. Do you know where your training and learning goals are? Just about everyone who writes about human performance reminds us that having specific goals almost always improves performance. And since learning and

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New Year’s Resolutions That Work

Shortly after the last bit of confetti settles to the floor and the noisemakers stop making noise, many people begin the task of living up to their New Year’s resolutions. I don’t have any statistics on how many people fail

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Learning from the White Elephant

One of the more charming features of the holiday season is the White Elephant gift exchange. The idea is simple: wrap up something you don’t want and exchange it for something that someone else doesn’t want. Hilarity is supposed to

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Resistance is Futile, Part Deux

Earlier, I wrote a post in which I shared my initial reaction to an announcement that I was going to be participating in a training exercise. I was initially put off by the announcement even though I generally like learning

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Before you Lecture, Think About your Options

I know how tempting it can be to set up a training session as a lecture. I know all the reasons we tell ourselves that lecture is the best method, too: there’s way too much material to present it any

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Toastmasters: the Best Outsourced Training Value, Ever!

Sometimes, the best choices are right in front of us. When it comes to developing communication or leadership skills, active participation in a Toastmasters club is probably the best value around. No need to send potential managers to multi-day workshops

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Tag Team Training

This morning I had to iron a dress shirt and, as I always do, I started with the unseen portion of the collar (to test the heat of the iron) and then proceeded to the sleeves before doing the body

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Passion Matters

No matter what you do, passion matters. Whether it’s teaching or public speaking, playing a sport, or playing the drums, while skill is essential, passion turns skill into something transcendent and illuminating. For example, check out the two levels of

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Plumbing the Depths of Learning Theory

I live in an old house. In fact, it’s even older than I am and, like me, it sometimes suffers from plumbing problems. In particular, we seem to have far too many backups in our kitchen sink. One of the

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