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How to “Pump Up” What Students Remember

As a trainer, have you ever wondered why information you provide often doesn’t “stick?” Memory is more complicated than most of us think. Take this quiz to find out what you already know. True or False? 1. Learners who can perform a new learning task well are likely to retain it. (T/F) 2. Immediate memory…
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Can a Room Kill You? Yes!

by Guila Muir info@guilamuir.com How to Ensure Your Physical Space Works For You, Not Against You Have you ever felt that something’s just not working right, no matter how well you know your material, how confident you came in, or how much you practiced? Have you ever felt, throughout your presentation, that something keeps pushing…
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How to Blow Your Credibility From the “Get-Go”

When you are speaking in front of a group, do you really want to blow your relationship with the audience immediately? These two common presentation behaviors will help to ensure that you do! Myth #1: You should start a presentation by thanking your audience or your hosts Picture it: You’ve prepared carefully and are about…
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How Do You Know They Know? Designing in-Class Assessment

How serious are you about your students actually learning? Most of us would say, “VERY serious!” Yet many trainers and instructional designers actually have no idea what, and even if, participants have learned by the end of a session. Because trainers operate in organizations and businesses, we typically don’t issue grades. Even in preparing participants…
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So You Want to Do a Seminar!

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner? Have you been asked to present at a professional conference? Giving a great seminar can increase your business, your status, and your memorability. Yet most professionals don’t feel 100% comfortable with their ability to develop and deliver an effective seminar. Here are 3 tips to ensure your…
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How to Help Adults Learn Best

Three Keys to Help Them Stretch! Here’s something for you to try. (C’mon, I’ll wait for you to get out of your chair!) Stand up and stretch your right arm out behind you, as far as it will go. (You may turn your body as you do so.) Now, come back to center and relax…
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Games, Simulations, and Roleplays: Do Differences Matter?

Which would you choose…and when? Long ago, I discovered I loved experiential learning and wanted to learn more about simulations. As a trainer in 1981 Thailand, I experienced the famous “Ba-Fa-Ba-Fa” cultural simulation. It blew me away! Years later, with great hopes, I attended an ASTD-sponsored workshop called Experience Simulations. To my disappointment, the workshop…
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What Is a Trainer? What Is a Facilitator?

by Guila Muir info@guilamuir.com A thoughtful look at important differences that impact YOUR practice. Recently, I’ve noticed that some corporations call their trainers “facilitators.” I can only assume this is meant to be shorthand for “facilitator of learning.” However, is “facilitator” really an appropriate term when the “facilitator” exclusively lectures and uses Power Point? Are…
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