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5 Steps to Writing Clear and Measurable Learning Objectives

Jun 5, 2018 4:25:46 PM

Learning objectives aren’t just a list of what you’re covering in class. Good learning objectives are what you want your students/trainees to learn or achieve (“by the end of this course, you will be able to...”). If you don’t know the end goal—and you don’t have certain measurable checkpoints—you can get lost along the way. Here are some tips to help you get started:

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When Silence Is Golden: The Power of the Pause

May 21, 2018 4:46:18 PM

When you’re presenting and you’re passionate about the subject matter, or familiar with the content and just can’t wait to share what you know, it can feel awkward to stop and pause. A well-timed pause, though, is just as valuable to your audience as it is to you as the speaker.

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6 Main Types of Effective Presentations

May 8, 2018 4:03:27 PM

We've all been to presentations that inform us, persuade us, instruct us, inspire us, and even entertain us. The best ones leave a lasting impression. Why? They had a clear purpose—and the speaker's enthusiasm was likely contagious.  

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Helpful Tips for Dealing with Difficult Participants

Apr 26, 2018 10:38:17 AM

Difficult participants—they seem to find their way to just about every classroom. Trainers are eager to learn tools to handle these uncomfortable and sometimes awkward situations. Here are some tips on working with unwilling (or just unaware), yet still difficult trainees from author John Townsend.

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Key Components of Designing Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered Training

Apr 12, 2018 1:03:27 PM

Have you ever been to mandated training that you thought would never end? As the trainer drones on, you find yourself thinking about dinner, daydreaming about the weekend, doodling in your notebook, thinking about anything other than what you’re supposed to be focusing on. A big part of the problem is boring lecture-based training. Spice it up with instructor-led, participant-centered training.  

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Change the Game with Training that Sticks

Mar 20, 2018 5:52:00 PM

Companies wouldn’t invest in training if they didn’t want their employees to apply the knowledge they’ve learned back on the job. How, though, can you efficiently—and effectively—transfer your knowledge to the trainees so that it’s implemented in the workplace? If you want your training to stick, there must be a well-defined strategy before, during, and after the training takes place.

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The 7 Laws of Learning for Training Success

Mar 6, 2018 4:20:02 PM

Successful training design and delivery depends on a trainer’s ability to create a learning environment that reaches all participants. To reach this goal, a set of core principles—or laws—was created to serve as the foundation for successful training. Your goal as a trainer is to incorporate elements of these principles into your course and ultimately, reach all of your participants. 

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Top 5 Benefits of Professional Certification

Feb 20, 2018 3:27:03 PM

 At The Bob Pike Group, we support your professional growth and development. One way you can differentiate yourself as a dedicated and motivated employee—someone who is committed to your career—is through earning a professional certification. Companies that know the value of quality training consistently select The Bob Pike Group for professional development and certificate programs. Learn more about the benefits of a professional certification: 

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Bring Your Ideas to Life with Infographics

Feb 6, 2018 12:16:08 PM

When your learners are struggling to pay attention, it’s not their fault. It’s just the way our brains are wired.

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The Immeasurable Benefits of Training to Train | The Bob Pike Group

Jan 23, 2018 9:25:59 AM

Teachers regularly benefit from ongoing education—not only learning more about what they teach, but also in how they teach. Learning how to connect with a class, engage with a group, or motivate people to learn can have incredible value, whether a teacher is just starting out in the field or has years of experience under his or her belt. It’s no different with trainers. If you can’t connect, engage, and motivate people to remember what you’re talking about, what’s the point?  According to Jack Welch, “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” And according to Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

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The Bob Pike Group's Five Laws of Adult Learning 

Jan 11, 2018 3:05:05 PM

The Laws of Learning have to do with experience—and doing. 


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5 Popular Training Blog Posts From 2017

Dec 19, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Like every industry, training is continuously evolving, and doing so faster every year. Best practices and trends change with each new generation and technological development. The best we can do as training professionals is to stay up to date and on top of these emerging trends.

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