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3 Ways to Involve Participants from the “Get-Go”!

What’s the best way to assure your training participants to “turn off” the first second you open your mouth? Just follow conventional wisdom and open your session by introducing yourself and providing your credentials. Instead, generate curiosity, interest and motivation from the outset. Use a “Hook” before introducing yourself. Three Ideas for Engaging Hooks Quickie…
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How Does Nostalgia Improve Presentation Skills?

Did you know that presenters can use nostalgia to enhance their confidence, mental fortitude, and connection with the audience? And we’re not talking about using endless anecdotes. Discover this little-known, research-based tool to improve your presentation skills.

How to “Pump Up” What Students Remember

As a trainer, have you ever wondered why the information you provide doesn’t always “stick?” What do You Know About Memory? Take this quiz to find out. 1. Learners who can perform a new learning task well are likely to retain it. (T/F) 2. Immediate memory will dump input in 30 seconds or less. (T/F)…
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Staying Sane When Traveling to Train

Have you ever felt strangely wired, unbalanced, or out of your comfort zone when traveling to train or present? While it’s super-rewarding to know that distant folks value your expertise, travel can spur unexpected anxiety. How do you keep from getting derailed? Out of Control We depend on exerting a fair amount of control over…
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Great Presenting: Enthusiasm or Entertainment?

Should trainers and presenters strive to be more entertaining? It depends on what drives you. Enthusiasm or Entertainment? Enthusiasm is about expressing your passion for the subject. You ignite participants through showing your own zest. You may even experiment by doing things outside of your comfort zone in order to pass on your excitement. Entertainment…
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Think to Talk, or Talk to Think? Engaging the Introverts

10 Tips to Engage the Introverts in Your Training Classroom

Prevent ‘Old Person’s Voice’

Speakers and presenters, don’t sound like your grandpa! Tips to prevent your voice from aging. https://www.guilamuir.com/prevent-old-persons-voice/

Presenters, Don’t Crash the Plane!

Do your presentations “run out of gas”? Many presenters take their audiences on a wonderful journey. But then, for the lack of a flight plan, they crash. Why are Conclusions Important? A closure is not just where you stop. A great conclusion reinforces, summarizes, and ties up the session. Take action to prevent YOUR crashing…
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Get Rid of Those Junk Words

We’ve all been driven crazy by a presenter who overuses words like “you know”, “um”, and “like”. Surprisingly, research finds that these filler words serve an valuable purpose. Using them helps a presenter transition to what he or she will say next, and audiences appreciate a little break between thoughts. However, let’s get back to…
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Training’s Biggest Schism

In my October newsletter, I asked “What’s going on with training?” More than 90 training professionals across the United States responded. THANKS to all who shared your experiences! Communities Got Clean Water, Thanks to YOU I promised to send a donation to the Global Women’s Water Initiative for each completed survey. Our collective donation helped to…
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