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Demystifying Presenting, Training and Facilitating

Is what you do presenting, training or facilitating? In this podcast, Becky covers the main differences between the three and how you can employ them depending upon the situation. Bonus: she tells you how you can be Switzerland!

Quick Start: Project Management For Trainers

As a trainer, you’ll probably have to manage projects even though you’re not certified to so do. Becky says you can do it with the help of five steps and four questions.

Your Great Presentation: Butterflies Flying In Formation

Can you remember a presentation that knocked your socks off?  I bet it had power and purpose. Becky tells you all about the importance of PIE - persuade, inform and entertain, and helps you manage those nervous butterflies to power your own great presentation.

What’s Up With Formative And Summative Assessments?

When do you use a formative assessment and when do you use a summative assessment? Becky has three key questions you need to ask to decide which one to use.

Language Isn’t Your Only International Teaching Barrier

Truth? Common Sense? Silence? They all mean different things in different cultures, which can make teaching internationally a challenge. Becky has some thoughts on how you can break through those barriers.

It’s Time To Get Our Game On!

Game-based learning gets results. So, how do you convince your boss to make gamification part of your offerings? Get your your pen, because Becky has four key things you’ll want to tell your boss.

Getting Video-Based Training Right

Video is becoming more and more popular for training. It’s also incredibly effective. Becky says to make a good video, you need to put your learners’ needs first.

Bulletproofing Your Next Virtual Training Session - 5 Tips

Virtual training follows a lot of the same best practices as in-person training, but there are some extra things you need to do make absolutely sure your session is a smashing success. Becky has five tips, including one that involves a candle and a bottle of water.

Will Your Next Generation Of Leaders Be Ready?

Leadership is a competitive advantage. Will your company maintain its competitive advantage as your current generation of leaders retires? Becky has some thoughts on how to develop the next generation.

Evaluating Evaluations: The Challenges Of Choices

How many choices should you give people in an evaluation? Do you want a scale with a midpoint? Becky says it all depends on what you want to measure.

Ingredients For A High Performing Team

Want to be on a better-than-average team? Becky says you need the right ingredients — trust, effort, flexibility, and gratitude being some of them. But what about leadership? Spoiler alert: leadership matters.

Keep It Short: Why One Page Is Better

Got something to sell? A product? A class? Yourself?  Whatever it is, Becky says to be effective you need make your pitch in just one page.  She has some tips on what to include and leave out.

Is Blogging Still A Thing?

Whatever happened to blogs? Before Facebook, blogging was one of the best ways to build your reputation and get your expertise out to the world. In this age of social media is it still worthwhile to spend your time blogging? Yes, says Becky… but you need to do it the right way.

Stay Home And Be Successful

More and more people are ditching the commute and working from home. The good news: working from home can make you more efficient, lower your stress and boost your morale.  However, there are potential pitfalls to telecommuting. Becky has some tips on how to avoid them and thrive at home.

Want To Be A Humorous Speaker? 5 Dos And Don’ts

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard” is the old show business adage. Trying to be a humorous speaker can be like a high flying tightrope act — spectacular when it works, deadly if it doesn’t. So before you put your reputation on the line for a laugh at your next presentation, listen to Becky’s list of dos and don’ts… including how to recover if your humor bombs.

Secrets To Connecting With Any Audience

When you personally connect with an audience, you’re going to be more successful. But how do you make that happen… even when you can’t see them? Becky says part of the answer is to be yourself. For the rest of the answers, you’ll need to listen to the podcast.

Are You Presenting Facts Or Myths?

Some things sound so right, they must be true…but they’re not.  Have you fallen victim to using facts and figures that are completely made up with no evidence behind them? Becky debunks some of the more common training myths and exaggerations. 

You Need A Vacation

Are you one of the millions of Americans who don’t use all of their vacation days?  Then you need someone to convince you to take some time off.  Good news!  Becky is ready to convince you with some facts and strategies that will make it easier for you to avoid burnout.

Four Ingredients For A Great Presentation

Over her years of presenting, Becky has seen what works and what doesn’t.  She shares four things you should consider making a priority and how to control things that seem to be out of your control.

How Not To Be A One-Hit Wonder

We want people to call us back and get repeat business. How do you do that?  Becky has some ways to make sure you don’t turn into a one-hit wonder.

Managing Social Media Overload

If you want to be a voice in your industry, you need to be present on all the social media platforms your audience uses.  So how do you manage Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and who knows what else without overwhelming your day?  Becky says you have a better chance of being successful with some outside help that you can either pay for or get for free.

Mastering The Art Of Being Live

How do you capture and keep people’s attention?  Your audience might be right in front of you or it might be scattered across the world watching you on the internet. Becky says the key is to be participant centered. She explains how to do that, along with some easy-to-use tips that will help you master the art of being live.

Clear Out The Clutter With OHIO

Is stuff piling up on you? Too many things to read, too many things to do, too many emails in your inbox?  You’re not alone. Becky talks about how she uses OHIO (Only Handle It Once) and other techniques to get rid of the clutter in her life.

Turning A No Into A Yes For Later

They said no.  “It’s not the right fit,” “it’s not the right time,” or they had some other reason not to tell you yes.  How do you turn that no into a yes the next time you ask? Becky has five tips on how you can overcome rejection, figure out what to adjust and set yourself up for future success.

Maybe You Need A Sabbatical

Not sure where you’re going? Got too much stress in your life? Perhaps it’s time to take a sabbatical. Becky tells us her personal story about how she took time off and how it made her more successful.

Is Coworking For You?

Coworking spaces offer a lot of benefits — networking, support, and increases in productivity. But working in the same room with other people also has some downsides that you may not have considered. Becky has some great tips on how to  get the benefits of coworking while avoiding the pitfalls.

Flipping The Script On Learning

Want to make your training sessions more “aha” and less info dump?  Consider flipped learning.  Becky walks us through how flipped learning works, when to use it and best practices.

Four Big Ways Tech Is Changing Training

Technology is changing faster than we can keep up with it. It’s also rapidly changing the training industry. Becky looks at four major impacts technology is having how we learn.

A Good Example Of Microlearning About Microlearning

What exactly is microlearning and when should you use it? Becky walks the microlearning talk with this short and to-the-point podcast that covers what you need to know.

How To Choose A Good Convention

Conventions and conferences can be a good investment in your career.  But they can also be time wasters if you don’t choose wisely. Becky has some tips on how you can know if it’s a good conference BEFORE you attend.

Gifts That Make You Memorable

The gift giving season is wrapping up. It’s a major opportunity to make a memorable impression with your clients — unless you do it wrong or just don’t do it. Fear not, Becky has some suggestions that can help you even if you procrastinated away the holiday season.

How To Keep Up With Changes In Training

New apps and new training tools are being created every day.  So how do you keep up with it all? Becky has some tips on how you can stay on the cutting edge.

6 Secrets To Creating "Wow" Learning Videos

Authenticity, incentives, surprises they¹re all part of the techniques
Becky recommends you use to create compelling learning videos.  Listen for her six tips.

3 Practices To Build A Great Training Team

Everyone wants to be on a winning team, but how do you build one? Becky has three practices you should use to make a huge difference.

Amazing Future Of Micro Learning

Micro learning is on-demand training done in between formal training sessions. It¹s estimated that more than half of companies will soon be using it.  Becky has tips on how you can design and deploy micro learning to transform your company.

How To Retain Employees? Make Them More Employable

Offering employees opportunities to advance within your organization is one way of retaining them. But what do you do when upward mobility just isn¹t an option for most of your people? Becky says if they can¹t go up, they can move laterally - which prevents boredom and makes them more employable.

Setting Up New Employees For Success

Becky has tips on how to do a kick-butt awesome on-boarding program for new employees.

Dos And Don’ts Of Professional Development

Becky is often asked how she became successful. Today she shares her top four tips on what you should or should not do for your own professional development.

Is Consulting For You?

Being a consultant is one way to work your way up the ladder to success.  But are you cut out to do it?  Becky steps through the challenges you’re likely to face and has suggestions on how to meet them.

It Takes A Buffet To Really Keep Growing

Not everyone learns the same way. Becky says you need to have a buffet of options to help your learners.  She has some tips on how to serve up those tools.

How Much Do I Charge For Training?

What does training have to do with a pair of flip-flops?  In today’s podcast, Becky tackles the issue of value propositions. How do you get people to pay more when your training is worth more?

How To Use Storytelling Effectively In Training

Why are stories such effective tools for teaching? Becky has a story about that.

Put Learners In The Drivers Seat - Anywhere, Anytime, Any Topic

Social media is often a disrupter of training. Facebook and Twitter on smartphones can distract from classroom learning. Despite that, Becky says those smartphones with social media are the future of training.

Four Best Practices For Training And Development

Becky has 20+ years of experience in the training industry. She has four sure-fire ways to make your training and development programs successful. You may be using some of them already!

Success Tip: Treat Your Learners As Clients

You’re likely to go back to a store that values your business.  Becky says you can apply this principle to your classes by valuing your learners’ choices. They’ll be more confident and learn faster!

How Do We Make It OK To Fail (And Ultimately Succeed)?

No one likes to make mistakes, but we learn faster when we do. But the fear of making mistakes can make it harder to learn. Becky says if you make it OK to fail, you set people up for success.

How Our Brains Work For Learning

Your brain is an incredible learning machine, but only if you teach it correctly.  Becky explains the neuroscience behind learning and the simple ways you can apply it to your next class.

How To Make Training Stick

How do you know what you teach is going to “stick” and be used on the job?  If you don’t use it, you lose it! Becky advocates for banning lectures — instead using techniques based on brain science that are much more successful for effective training.

Turning Managers Into Coaches

A good manager needs to wear many hats. One of those hats is “coach.”  Becky has some thoughts on how managers can become coaches to motivate employees to do more and take that next step to grow with your company.

The Future Of Training Is History (And Creepy)

By 2030, 95% of all companies will be using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict what people need to learn. How will AI be able to do that?  Becky says the reason is a little creepy — AI is paying attention to your search history.

Excuses You Love (To Overcome)

You can't use a game to learn when you're dealing with CEOs, right? Wrong!  CEOs are kids, too! Becky tells us how to overcome the favorite excuses people use to avoid participant-centered learning.

How To Make Participant Centered Learning Happen In Your Classroom

Students are more motivated to learn when they're having fun. Here's how you can get every person in the room involved and engaged.  Fun can force critical thinking to happen.

Nine Easy Steps to Active Learning

There's a time and a place for active learning. Becky has the nine easy steps to make it happen today in your classroom.

Designing Your PowerPoint To Be Interactive

Becky has four easy-to-execute ideas that you can use to make your PowerPoint presentations more interactive.  She mentions a game resource that you can find in our links.

Avoiding PowerPoint Puke

Friends don't let friends create PowerPoint puke — it can ruin any presentation. How do you avoid making your PowerPoint presentation a poster child for "don't"?  Becky comes to your rescue in the first of two podcasts about perfecting your PowerPoint presentations.

"Replay All" Sucks - How to Declutter Your Communication

Is your inbox full of unwanted emails? Conversely, are you filling up other people’s inboxes with unwanted emails? Becky has some tips on how to put a stop to it all, declutter and give yourself some needed “white space.”

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Manage Conflict In The Classroom Like You Do At Home

How is a marriage like a classroom session?  They’re both likely to involve conflict that needs to be successfully resolved. Becky has some tips on dealing with the big conflicts that crop up in classrooms that you can practice at home.

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Using Critical Thinking To Make Faster, Better Decisions

There is so much information available on most topics you can spend a lot of time doing research before making a decision. Becky says if you use critical thinking, you can speed up the process and reach a better decision.

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Critical Thinking: When Google Doesn’t Have The Answer

The answers to a lot of questions are just one Google away. That’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. Becky says because the Internet has become a crutch, most graduates these days can’t dig in on their own and critically think. She has some tips on how to become better at finding solutions that just can’t be googled.

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How To Negotiate Without Manipulating

Becky says good negotiating takes a little guts. You need to keep in mind the true interests of both parties and create a positive atmosphere. She has some tips on how you can get better at this critical skill.

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Encouraging Teamwork Encourages Learning

When people feel in control and included, they’re most open to learning. Becky has some tips on how you can make people feel important about themselves to help increase their learning.

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Being Assertive Without Going Overboard

No one likes someone who is too pushy. So how do you get what you want without damaging a relationship? Be assertive. Becky has specific examples of what productive assertiveness looks like and how you can practice it.

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The Art Of ListeningTitle

What’s the most important part of communication?  Listening!  As Becky’s been told many times, we have one mouth and two ears, so listen twice as much as you talk.  Becky has several tips and tricks that will make you a better listener.

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3 Easy Steps To Get The Hard Stuff Done

Do you have a list of projects that never seem to get done because they’re too hard?  Becky says if you don’t tackle the hard stuff first it never gets done.  She has three tips on how you can “eat the frog first” which then makes everything else taste better.

Links

Brian Tracy “Eat That Frog - 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating And Get More Done in Less Time”

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Making Movies Helps Make Memorable Lessons

You really have to understand a subject to make a movie about it.  If you have a mobile phone, you likely have a movie camera.  Becky has some tips and resources you and your learners can use to make movies.

Movie making resources

iMotion HD

Hyperlapse from Instagram 

PicPlayPost

iMovie

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