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One Thousand Words

Sitting through a presentation of slides with nothing but text is a torture bordering cruel punishment. Any popular instruction beyond the basics of how to create slide decks emphasize the importance of graphics. Presenters face challenges finding inexpensive images to

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Measuring Success

Trainers and leaders need to measure success. Measures of success demonstrate the organization does things correctly and does the correct things. Trained tasks support the organizational mission, the organization’s why. Trainers measure performance and leaders measure effectiveness. Understanding the difference

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Review Action. Record Results. Learn.

Take time to review actions at the end of project or events. This action enables leaders apply lessons learned the next time. The military thoroughly reviews and documents actions after every key event. As they begin their next planning cycle,

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Envision Effective Training

v The task is like climbing Mt. Washington, the highest peak in New England. The task is simple but not easy.  Mt. Washington is a deadly peak showing little mercy for those who may make even a small mistake. High

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Student Engagement

Ask, Pause, Call Good instructors engage their students during the training. Inexperienced instructors struggle to learn ways to involve their students. A simple, yet effective method is Ask, Pause, Call. Every instructor has experienced the long silence after asking a

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Building a Foundation

Guiding principles, or values, lay the foundation of character for every organization. A wide variety of people make up organizations, coming from different backgrounds, and bringing different personal and cultural values to the group. An organization’s guiding principles establish what

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The Deck of Death

Today’s Topic “Hi. I’m your expert instructor here to teach you how to be an expert almost as good as me. Next slide.” “So you can see here all that we are going to cover over our period of training.

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