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Cross-Cultural Presentations

With cross-cultural engagement, token adjustments are not an option. If the world were a village of 100 people ... 50 would be female 50 would be male There would be: 60 Asians 16 Africans 14 people from the Americas 10 Europeans Their first language may not be...

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Tips for Confident and Effective Presentations

Roscoe Tanner a dit: «Le cerveau humain est une chose merveilleuse. Il commence à travailler avant même le moment où nous sommes nés et ne cesse de fonctionner au moment où nous nous levons pour parler en public ». Parler en public, ou faire des présentations est à la...

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Death by Powerpoint – Are you guilty?

You've all heard of the expression, "Death by Powerpoint" - a bit of a hackneyed phrase, but nevertheless true, and death by Powerpoint is always fatal - nobody has been known to survive this terrible weapon. The truth is that Powerpoint, contrary to popular belief,...

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12 Language learning resolutions

It's that time of year again, the end of one year and the start of a new one - or it's just the time to set some goals. Time to re-invent, readjust and turn a new page, turn over a new leaf, start again with a clean slate. In a couple of weeks the resolutions will be...

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When 3 meters becomes just too far

Have you ever been in a room, with a group of colleagues, clients or business partners, sat around the table computer in front of you - preferably open (this helps protect us ... I imagine)? So you chat away about the weather and what's happening in business, sip on...

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Why we need to change the way we learn – Fast!

There have been excellent arguments that have promoted the notions of Lifelong Learning since the 1950s (see the work of Carl Rogers et al.), but never has the argument for LLL held so much water. Technological change has meant that the top jobs that are available...

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The problem with social learning is in the word

  The problem with social media and social learning revolve around the very word that defines the two, that being "Social". The very use of the term, "Social",  usually means that the concept is firstly misunderstood, secondly not taken seriously and thirdly seen...

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If you are feeling down – Get Inspired!

We all get a bit down now and again and often make a mountain out of a molehill - I can't imagine anyone not being inspired by this amazing person. Nicholas James Vujicic, is an Australian preacher and motivational speaker born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare...

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How do you know when coaching works?

This is a question that anyone involved in coaching - from both sides - client and coach wonder about. There is a thread on LinkedIn with the same title that is well commented, some are a bit too eclectic for my liking but others I can connect quite easily with and...

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Social Media Can’t Kill Email … Can it?

As a glib response, Email is already slowly killing off email! “People are spending more time on social networking sites and less time on email sites and there’s no doubt a connection: the purpose of both channels is centered around connecting and communicating with...

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25 Ways to Improve your Twitter Experience

OK, I know it has been done before, but it is still a fresh subject for many, and maybe not such a waste of time for seasoned Twitter users either. Anyway, here are, well, just some tips that may or may not suit you, gleaned largely from my short, personal experience...

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Knowledge is no longer Power

The expression was supposedly keyed by Francis Bacon in the 16th century, so it is strange that something that probably held credence about 500 years ago should still remain a received idea today. Knowledge was brokered at that time, and jealously guarded by the...

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Death by Powerpoint – How to kill off a Presentation

You've all heard of the expression, "Death by Powerpoint" - a bit of a hackneyed phrase, but nevertheless true, and death by Powerpoint is always fatal - nobody has been known to survive this terrible weapon. The truth is that Powerpoint, contrary to popular belief,...

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How do you know if you are getting Coaching?

Coaching - the word that either leaves us with very positive or very negative feelings, due in part to the pseudo-psychological techniques that are sometimes used in this almost mystical practice. Now, I am in no way a purist, in as much as I don't think there is a...

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Social Media & Business – The Wisdom of the Profits

Twitter use is growing daily throughout the world - there are Turkish, Chinese and  Russian versions launched. Figures released in 2018 show the number of twitter users has recently passed the 326 million a month. However, it still amazes me to hear the...

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There is More to Listening than You May have Heard!

It may seem strange that in English we have just one word for the act of listening, sometimes used as a verb with 'to' and sometimes used without or at times with an exclamation mark when we need to get the attention of our listeners - Listen! This is also true of...

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Social Media and business – is the Customer King again!

Giving good customer service ought to be one of the first objectives and priorities of any business that provides goods or services, in order to sell more products and thus thrive. No matter which way you look at it - businesses exist for one thing and one thing only...

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Why traditional education hates social learning

What’s the problem with social learning ? Well, there are many – one thing is that it actually works, which can send a shudder of fear up the spine of some mainstream educators. Other reasons are that people are generally not formatted for social learning and then...

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Oxymorons and pleonasms – our very own virtual realities

I've just finished work - you sort of know what I do, I write about it on this blog and I must write more often - it's a great way of thinking out loud and trying to make sense of the world and just things. So anyway, I've just finished work, and as usual I start...

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Leveraging Learning from Annual Appraisals

It's that time of year again - the swallows are arriving, birds are building their nests, the days are getting longer and warmer, and, oh, yeah, it's time for the annual appraisals to be rolled-out. Annual appraisals are a strange thing - sometimes viewed with...

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Coaching the Alpha Male

Bold, self-confident and demanding, alpha males get things done. But the traits that make them so productive can also drive their coworkers crazy.

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Coaching Tools – The Johari Window

The Johari window was invented by two Americans in the 1950's, Joseph Luff and Harry to explore relationships and interpersonal skills as part as an activity that gets a person to think fruitfully about something in order to come up with a solution. The Johari window...

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Tips for Confident and Effective Presentations

Roscoe Tanner famously said, « The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working even before the moment that we are born and only stops functioning the moment we get up to speak in public ». Speaking in public, or giving presentations is both a stressful and...

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Why Bother Writing Learning Objectives?

Why bother writing Learning Objectives? Why go to the bother of writing learning objectives for your training program? Our business sees many programs that simply wear participants out by being nine miles long and one inch thick with little opportunity to engage...

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Presentation Skills – Preparation part 2

If you have read the first part of this two-part series you will be ready now to put it all together to prepare for a presentation to be at your best and to start enjoying speaking in public - and, to borrow a phrase, Yes, you can! There is one thing in life that...

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Look at Yourself After Watching This – How do you Feel?

You may have had a bad week, you know the sort of thing - the boss or your partner getting you down... Maybe your computer has been playing up or you've had a hard time with a colleague or a client at work - doesn't that just make you fed up! You may be feeling bored...

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Presentation Skill – Preparation – Part 1

Presentations, that's speaking in front of an audience, as we all know, are one of the biggest sources of stress that many of us encounter in our working lives, and which turn perfectly confident, intelligent people into, sweaty-palmed, red-faced, gibbering wrecks. We...

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The Life of a Hashtag – Toulouse

We've all seen hashtags pop up on the Trending Topics list, then fade away after people run out of jokes about their #fail. But what is the lifecycle of that? Choosing the right hashtag can be an easy way to expand the reach of your content and get your photo, blo...

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There’s no point fighting stress – Manage it!

Have you have ever been in a stressful situation - what am I saying? Of course you have. Everybody has been, and go through stressful situations nearly everyday of their lives - stress is a natural fact of life. So why do people spend so much time and money fighting...

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Learning 3.0 Are we up to the challenge?

I decided to write this post in response to one of the comments I received on the site relating to Learning 3.0 - the comment being, why do we need different versions? That in itself is an interesting concept - what version are you using at the moment? Now, I must...

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is a valuable tool for personal and professional development at any age, but particularly for Third Agers. This article reports on how one Third Ager learns from young adults in his college level classes. It presents some of the main issues that concern young adults today.

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Even Negative People have Positive Intentions

If you are in a situation where you are rubbing shoulders in some way with negative people, the title of this post will be quite hard to believe and accept - I mean, how on Earth can negative people have positive intentions?. In this post we will be looking in a...

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Mind Mapping The Perfect Project Plan

The perfect plan for any project, whether it be starting a business or writing a book, is mind mapping. (A unique technique of organizing your mind on a specific topic on paper.)

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Language is What Makes Humans Unique

Language is what separates humans from animals and is one of the most important aspects of being human - it is what makes us unique. Although, anyone who has attempted to learn a foreign language will tell you - there is a gulf of difference between knowing a language...

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TwitBusiness Project

  I'm just starting a small (or big, who knows) project that I would love you to take part in. Basically, I have some ideas how Twitter could be used for business and for learning - but those are my ideas alone and I am surely missing lots here. Here is where you...

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Be Careful With Social Network Invite E-Mails

Nowadays, many of us receive e-mail invitations to join social networking websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or MySpace. Even if you know the sender and name of a social network to which you’ve been invited, before you click on an invitation response link, take a second and consider that not all invitation e-mails are what they seem. Some fraudulent “friends” and “social networks” could have drastic consequences to your security and privacy.

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Language as a Window into Human Nature

Language and meaning are a fascinating subject - as illustrated in the video below, which shows the way, in which, speakers attempt to put meaning into words - sometimes producing the desired effect and sometimes it failing miserably. One of the most widespread...

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25 Tips to Motivate People in Your Organisation

Organisations which suffer from a lack of initiative coming from their people can often find the solution to their problem internally, in the systemic roots of their corporate culture. Those organisations which experience a high level of initiative from their people...

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Job Stress Management – Methods of Managing Stress in the Workplace

For many of us, our jobs are a major cause of the stress in our lives. The sources of stress at the workplace can be long hours and physical exertion, a demanding boss, coworkers that we don’t get along with, or countless other things. Whatever your specific situation may be, it is of little doubt that learning how to reduce and manage job stress is an important part of your overall stress reduction and relaxation strategy.

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Developing Team Skills Through Delegation

  Delegation is one of the key aspects of leadership and management and one of the kingpins in the development of human capital throughout the organisation, a skill that can be learnt, but one that is often mismanaged. Taken at its root, delegation is defined in...

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Learning to Listen – One of the hard Soft Skills

One of the most important keys to becoming a good learners is the ability to listen - to become, what is often termed, a 'good listener'. Many consider themselves to be good listeners, although what they may consider being 'a good listener' is sometimes questionable...

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Group Coaching – Transforming Groups into Teams

Some purists will have their hackles up after reading the title of this post, stating that the only form of coaching is one-to-one and any form of group coaching should be termed training, workshops or seminars. I'm not so sure about this personally and the jury is...

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Calculating ROI of e-learning

Welcome to the world of calculating ROI of e-learning! According to a survey, the worldwide market size for e-learning tools was estimated at a staggering $235M in 2002, and is rapidly growing towards a benchmark of $816M by 2006 depicting an annual growth rate of 37%.

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10 Reasons Why Training Fails So Often

Millions of people in as many companies spend billions a day on training, in an attempt to improve on skills and competences, assimilate new concepts and learn. Learning involves physical changes in the brain. Kandel and Hawkins (1992) reported that “stimuli that...

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Why Soft Skills of Leadership Are So Hard to Develop

Leadership is the ability to motivate and influence a group toward the achievement of goals. As a manager, what is your role in motivating and retaining employees? How are you measured? What do you do? Why? What are the results? How will your employees remember you?

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Who am I? Raising Self Concept and Self Esteem

Ever been in a group setting where people are introducing themselves and noticed what they say? OK, this is a strange question - of course you listen to what people say. But, do you really notice what they say? We are all selective in what we listen to, which is...

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Shortcuts to language learning … dream on

Yes, it's me again, bursting all the balloons and shattering all the dreams of the terminally lazy and hopelessly deluded - I don't mean to be rude to anyone there, but it still amazes me that some language learners just don't get it. Today I was in a bookshop in town...

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Is your accent important in the workplace?

It is sometimes surprising how some of us consider that we do not have a regional accent, when we really do. Accent is part of us, our roots, our heritage and our history - it's what makes us, well, us. However, accents can also be closely linked to global, national...

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Managing Stress and Priorities

Duration - 2 days Course Objectives After attending this 2-day course, participants will be able to effectively plan & prioritise their work, manage interruptions and time wasters, beat work overload and avoid burnout. This seminar will help you to use effective...

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

[youtube]http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc[/youtube] This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates [amazon_carousel widget_type="ASINList" width="600" height="200" title="Our Picks" market_place=""...

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Stephen Covey – Big Rocks, Managing Priorities

Here is an analogy that we can all relate to regarding time management - Do the big rocks first!Stephen Covey demonstrates how we often get things wrong when planning and prioritising.This is a great activity that we at Active Consultants use in our "Priority for...

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What is Coaching Anyway?

As coaches we often say that coaching is not something which can be described in words, it must be experienced. On one occasion when I was asked to speak on the subject unexpectedly, I followed a few headlines hastily scribbled in the ‘little black book’ I always carry. Afterwards, some of my audience shared with me that this was the first time they had ever understood exactly what coaching was. To the best of my recollection, this is what I said.

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Stress Management Strategies

Stress Management utilises a number of different and varied techniques to help control and minimise stress. This in turn helps prevent stress causing damage to your well being be it physical, or mental. The process begins by identifying the main causes of stress in your life and your reaction to it. Using several techniques the stress is either minimised or the reaction to it is reduced.

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Stress – Understand, Recognize, and Manage It

Research shows that 75-90% of doctor visits are due to stress related ailments and disorders, and that prolonged stress can lead to both mental and physical problems. Stress can also affect a disease’s process from the onset through its progression and on through the recovery stage – even when there is another cause of the disease. Stress is no laughing matter.

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Biological Altruism – Are We Hard-Wired to Act in a Socially Caring Manner Or to Seek Personal Gain

There exists a current debate over whether behaving in a socially caring manner, or social altruism, is a learned behavior or whether human beings are hard wired, or genetically predisposed, to behave in such a way. There are surely rational arguments for each side. However, some studies indicate that altruism is indeed hard wired into the human brain as well as the brains of several other species. In essence, humans can’t help the urge to help.

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Online Learning Glossary – Real Meanings For Real People

Are you considering using online learning in your workplace or classroom, but don’t understand some of the terms you come across? Or are you considering a career in designing/developing online learning? This article will help you wade through the basic terms associated with this medium.

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Deep and Surface Learning

Take anything that you have learnt in the past or that you are learning at present. Now take a step back and think about the way that you are or have gone about the learning - now read on. Deep learning involves the critical analysis of new ideas, linking them to...

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Conflict Resolution in 12 Simple Steps

Conflict is a fact of life - it happens all the time to all of us, whether it be through business or personal relationships. Firstly, I would like to stress that conflict is not always a bad thing - and in many cases it is actually a good thing, so the notion of...

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Cultural Differences – Perception of Time

Difference in the perception is time is an important aspect of social and business interaction that an expatriate manager has to deal with. Training on the perception of time as a cultural sensitization exercise would a go a long in helping the expatriate manager ‘fit-in’ to the new cultural surroundings.

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Change Management Or Transition Management?

A train requires two well-maintained rails to reach its destination. Like the train, organizations going through change require two well-maintained rails to succeed: a change management plan and a transition management strategy.

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Twitter – An Overview

Twitter is an essential service for acquaintances, relatives, and colleagues to converse and stay associated by the exchange of rapid, regular communication. People inscribe little updates, often known as “tweets” that consist of 140 characters or less. The messages then get posted to your report or a blog sent to links and are traceable through a search on Twitter.

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Making Meetings Mean Something Through Facilitation Training

The average meeting is just that, average, and the results, or lack thereof, speak for themselves. More and more companies are asking who within their inner circle has the requisite facilitation training to make a meeting pop, and more and more often the answers are coming from the outside.

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Building Higher Levels of Critical Thinking With Collaborative Solutions

A new model of learning which integrates online collaborative technology and process-centric learning is slowly emerging in response to the need for improved critical thinking in education and the workplace. If it succeeds, the new model will change ‘bricks and mortar’ learning to a multimodal model where learning occurs in physical and virtual spaces, collaboratively and individually, with real-time input from teachers supported by peer-to-peer collaboration; anywhere, anytime, anyhow.

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Cause and Effect in NLP

  Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) has been slammed as a pseudo-science by academics, due mainly to the claims that it makes which are not backed up by solid empirical research evidence. Regardless of what one my think about NLP, there are some aspects which...

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Signs and Symptoms, Causes of Stress

Stress is not the pile of papers sitting on your desk. Stress is not the child screaming in the living room, or the clean laundry the dog just dragged out the door. Stress is your response to those things.

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How To Execute A Team Mission Statement

Under what conditions does a team mission statement deliver what is required? If you have been given a team leader assignment then you may be wondering about this question! In this article I will present 3 guidelines for executing effective team mission statements.

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Prime Time Learning and Objectives Setting

The more motivated you are to learn, the higher your chances of success become. Why do you want to learn ? is a key question and maintaining your motivation level is crucial for successful long-term learning. One of the best  ways of doing this is to find someone in...

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Download our 540 page Blog book – NOW!!

Download our 540 page E-Book featuring the most visited posts on this blog to print-out and read at you leisure. [wp_cart:Blog Book:price:12.50:end] As soon as we receive notification of your payment via paypal We will e-mail you your download link for your book...

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Knowing the Difference Between Group and Team Coaching Can Improve Productivity

Group coaching is effective when used with peer and/or affinity groups – people with similar objectives who will co-create the group with the Executive Coach. Team coaching is with a project team or organization where people may have been “assigned” to a team; they bring their organizational or personal objectives to the team which may influence the team cohesiveness, its effectiveness to meet project deadlines, and to create a team with “open” communication. Leaders need to understand the differences and use an Executive coach who understands the difference and can improve coaching participants’ effectiveness and performance.

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Clear Thinking About Stress

There seems to be a lot of confusion and loose thinking about stress in popular journals and books. How else can you explain terms like “good stress” and concepts like “A certain amount of stress is good for you,” or advice like “Stress is unavoidable.” Once you understand the meaning of stress you’ll realize that stress is always harmful, that there is no “safe” level of stress, and that you can deflect stress if you know how.

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21 Tips for ultra-productive meetings

Do you have the feeling that you are running from meeting to meeting and wondering why you were there in the first place? Does your company suffer from "chronic meetingitus"? Do you hang around in meetings waiting for the participants to finally turn up? Have you ever...

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Can You Train Your Memory to Retain 100 Percent?

Have you ever put in long hours of study, only to realize that you were unable to recall many details a few days later? By making a few changes in the way you study and review, you can boost your retention substantially. You might not be able to achieve 100 percent recall, but you can remember much more of what you learn. Here’s how.

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9 Key Insights on How to Reduce Stress at Work – Part 1

Stress is a fact of life! Regardless of your industry or profession, rest assured that stressful situations, individuals and environments will all be formidable forces which, unless handled with skill and awareness, will compromise your ability to achieve your goals and enjoy the lifestyle that you are seeking. Yet, much like the proverbial head in the sand syndrome, we ignore this fact and neglect investing in learning how to deal more effectively with the myriad of stresses which we must deal with daily.

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7 Leading Causes of Stress

If you knew the leading causes of stress in your life, would you take action to eradicate them? Can you eradicate stress – or is it an inoperable condition that will be with you all of your life, possibly causing your eventual death?

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Improving Listening Skills in Language Learning

As you go along with your language learning try to engage yourself and connect as much as possible as many as your senses as possible – much like we do when reading. Reading is an excellent example of the way that imagination is used to conjure up scenes, emotions,...

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The 8 Steps of Mind Mapping For Clearer Thinking

Many years ago my wife was studying for an exam and she was drawing these colorful diagrams while reading her notes. At first they didn’t make much sense to me so I dismissed them thinking she was crazy. Curiousity got the better of me and later I had to find out more about these crazy looking diagrams so I asked her what she was doing. She told me she was “Mind Mapping” and she quickly explained how it worked. It intrigued me and I wanted to know more.

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How to Solve Problems Using Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is a great tool used to solve all kinds of problems that we face in life. Imagine one day, you are being assigned a new task that has never been done before or you desperately need to earn more in order to make ends meet, point blank and you do not know what to do, nor have any ideas what to begin with. By all means begin by developing a structural and critical thinking approach.

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When Sight and Memory are Superimposed

Try reading the following:Adoncricg to a sutdy dnoe et the Uvinertisy of Cmabrigde, the oedrer of ltteers in a wrod is not itmoprnat, the olny tnihg of itpomcnnarte is taht the frist and the lsat wrdos are in the rghit pclae.The rset can be in taotl dedrisor and you...

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12 Reasons Why Coaching Does Not Work

Ok, get over the shock of the title you coaches and let's get down to business - pick yourselves up and read on.Coaching DOES work - of that I am convinced, but there are many times that coaching fails, and there are good reasons for this - luckily, most of the points...

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Constructivism in (Language) Learning

In this post I am writing a brief article to explain Constructivism in language learning, although the use of the word "language" is redundant, in as much as, Constructivism can be applied to All learning. Constructivism is a pedagogical theory with a  point of view...

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Do you really have to write things down to remember them?

I was facilitating a session with a group of learners yesterday and we got to talking about memory, and more specifically how we can use our memories and learning styles effectively. I asked the question to the group, "How do you remember things?" and the answers were...

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Why 93% Of People Suffer Through School!

Like myself, many people have had negative experiences while going to school. Because the way of teaching wasn’t consistent with your individual way of learning, you may of had difficulties with different subjects. You may have experienced under-achievement and even failure. You may have experienced negative comparisons with others who were getting excellent grades while you were struggling just to get by in your classes.

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Teachers – Job Stress Reduction

A teacher should, above all, be a person who wants to make a big difference in students’ lives. The challenge is to make that difference without permitting stress to drive you out of teaching. The challenge is to practice good stress reduction techniques.

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Want to be successful? – Just Focus!

Lately I have had many people ask me “to what do you attribute to your success in sales?” Over the past four years with Absolute Networking I have had the highest customer satisfaction and sales numbers in the company. When I was posed the question I wasn’t really...

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Making the Simple Complicated – An Engineer's recipe

An Engineer's Recipe (only for fun) Making the simple complicated Here is a set of instructions for atask. Components 532.35 cm3 gluten 4.9 cm3 NaHCO3 4.9 cm3 refined halite 236.6 cm3 partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride 177.45 cm3 crystalline C12H22O11 177.45...

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Rethinking Online Learning

If you are busy in study or work, you may have little time to do other things which would mean more money and many better advantages. Online learning becomes a feasible choice. There are many benefits of online learning.

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What is Stress and What Does it Do to Your Health?

Stress is a normal part of life. Stress is also one of the biggest factors affecting people’s health today. Here is some information about stress, its causes as well as a few things that can be used to counteract the affects of stress.

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Understanding Stress and Managing It

There are three main categories of stress they are physical, emotional and behavioural. Physical stress could be tense of muscles, pounding heart, fast or shallow breathing, sweating, headaches, sick feeling in the stomach. Emotional stress may be symptoms of feeling under pressure, feeling tensed, feeling frustrated and irritable, having difficulty concentrating, loss of self confidence, difficulty making decisions, feeling mentally exhausted.

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SAM – The Three-Part Process of Social Media Marketing

Online social networking and social media marketing are the hottest new tools in the business promotion armamentarium. These tools are not only extremely effective for “growing the brand,” but for advancing the reputations and careers of executives alike.

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A Short Primer on Twitter As a Powerful Social Media Resource

Twitter was founded in 2006 by American software architect and business person Jack Dorsey. Since its creation, it has quickly gained a cult following and has grown exponentially in terms of notability and popularity on a global scale. Twitter is best described as a free social networking and micro-blogging site; amalgamating the convenience of short text messaging and the ease at which information flow is facilitated instantly online.

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Assertiveness and Interpersonal Skills

Assertiveness skills are very important in many situations; by being assertive you are letting people know what you want, need or prefer, in a way which is acceptable to both you and them. Put simply; assertiveness is about getting what you want without upsetting anyone!

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4 Stages of Twitter SeeSaw

What is a Twitter SeeSaw? A Twitter SeeSaw is when you have a lop-side count of either Following or Followers. This effect tends to happen due to these four stages.

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Online Learning – Design Tips For Beginners

This short article will provide some practical suggestions for converting existing materials into interactive learning content and for developing new content. Focus on interactive learning – where the learner interacts with the various information sources as well as tools offered by the internet and is engaged in meaningful teaching and learning activities.

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Keeping The Pace – Powerful Time Management Skills

Do you sometimes feel like the white rabbit in Alice In Wonderland? “I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!” You might be aware of time management tips in the world but during times of increased stress your natural style emerges. So, you can decide to work against your natural time management tendencies OR you can work with your natural flow to improve your productivity.

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How to Commit Social Media Suicide – Social Media Mugging and Linking Up!

Internet marketing, and within it social media and social media marketing, presents a complex puzzle, a balancing act of sorts between relationship building and conversion. The balance between the former and the latter can spell the difference between success and failure in the relationship building process and in Internet marketing, in general. Many marketers, in their zeal to convert relationships into dollars, fall into the trap of linking up too often and/or too early in the relationship building process. The balance between Internet marketing and social media will be discussed at length in this article with an eye towards helping the reader understand the balance necessary between the two.

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Why Soft Skills?

“Soft skills are the key to providing workers with the core skills in communication, team work, leadership; personal effectiveness skills required to leverage ones individual strengths.”

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Balancing Inter-Personal Skills With Professional Skills

Success in business is as much based upon using inter-personal skills effectively as it is based upon using professional skills. Personal characteristics are specific to each individual, and include preferences regarding the self and relationships with others. Professional characteristics apply to occupation and public life in terms of role, qualifications, competence, and experience.

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Saying no to your boss – assertiveness strategies

One of the main barriers to effective time management, and one that can lead to high levels of stress, is the volume of work and tasks that we have to manage on a day-to-day basis. If we then have tasks that are piled onto our existing schedule by our boss, it can be...

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Social networking netiquette

I can't claim to be an expert on Twitter nor social networking, I run a social network and an alternative Twitter and I have been a member of various social networks for the last five years. I came to Twitter relatively late, joining in July 2009 and have surely broke...

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The Corporate Blogging Alphabet

I built this alphabet to showcase what I think are the benefits and best practices of corporate blogging. Not all of these entries will apply to every individual blogging scenario, but they all apply to corporate blogging in general. So here you have them, corporate blogging benefits and best practices … from A to Z.

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Using an IDEAL problem-solving framework

Problem solving can be a feature of many coaching contracts, whereby a coach helps the coachee to solve issues and problems encountered in the workplace. We are not talking about ‘giving ‘ a quick-fix to problems but rather a structured process that can be used as a...

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HR Managers – Training Design is Vital in Emotional Learning

One of the reasons why training programs so often fail is because the designer of the training has not understood the differences between cognitive and emotional learning. Very often, training programs on relationships, leadership, supervision, customer service, management and selling miss their target because they are using techniques more suitable for cognitive learning. When you’re buying training for your staff it is important to take this concept into consideration because cognitive techniques used in emotional training create confused learners and waste your training budget.

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Twitter in Plain English

A simple, plain English, introduction to Twitter[youtube width="640" height="510"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a_KF7TYKVc&feature=channel[/youtube][amazon_carousel widget_type="ASINList" width="600" height="200" title="Our Picks" market_place=""...

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360° Feedback. Danger! Handle with care.

360° feedback is a way of providing multi-source feedback for, typically, a manager as a precursor to a development plan, training or more usually coaching. The feedback is given to the person, called the "recipient" by "raters", who are usually from inside the...

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Giving and Receiving Feedback – Simple Common Sense Steps

In any sphere of life, be it personal, private or professional we all at some time can either benefit from feedback from others or be completely destroyed by it. Quite often, people don't go looking for feedback and they are quite right not to at times. Nobody really...

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Managers Coaching in the Workplace

Workplace coaching has been for the reserve of executives or individuals within organisations. Now organisations realise that managers using coaching skills can provide direct performance and business benefits.

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Building A Learning Organisation

A learning organisation produces a flexible organisation where people will accept and adapt to new ideas and change through shared vision. Systems Thinking takes a holistic approach to learning whereby not only does the organisation learn but so do all its employees.

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Identify Your Stress Triggers

If you were to type the word “stress” in any internet search engine you will get a billion pieces of information related to stress and the harm it can cause. A general dictionary defines stress as, “A specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism, mental, or emotional strain or tension.” The word stress is derived from the Latin word stringere meaning to draw tight describing hardships. Everyday millions of people around the world experience stress ranging from mild dosages to extreme cases that lead to several complicated health disorders. Even animal, insects and plants experience various degrees of stress due to several reasons.

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20 tips for Job Seekers

One thing about being unemployed is that people are rarely prepared for it - if you are planning for a career change and already employed, there is a certain comfort that helps with the preparation process and one thing is usually sure, it is a voluntary process....

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Change Management – The ITIL Way

Many organizations with small IT department, often fail to establish standardized methods and policies to manage change. As a result, they resort to haphazard and ad-hoc practices resulting in utter mismanagement of IT changes.

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Perfect your Presentations with Mind Mapping

While giving presentations a far to common mistake is to prepare page after page on linear sentance bound notes that they real off to their audience. Not only is this boring for both the presenter and the audience but it does not represent the brains naturally fluid nature. Presentations need to impart information in a form that is easily digested by the brain.

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Ten Points on Poor Podium Use by Presenters

Understanding the benefits and pitfalls of using a podium when presenting can be helpful to improve a presenter’s capabilities. 10 points for presenters to consider before their next presentation are enhanced with tips and alternatives.

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Learn Your Learning Style

The ability of people to understand and absorb lessons is certainly different to another. Some are fast learners and some are very slow. Therefore, they often have to tread a different way to understand the same information or subjects. .

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Group Dynamics – Facilitation For Requirements Elicitation

As an information technology professional, developing your business acumen is important. One of the skills you need is the ability to facilitate. In your case, it is all about “facilitation for elicitation of requirements” to solve business problems. In working with groups, there are a number of dynamics that the facilitator needs to be aware of. It is helpful if you consider the different group characters and how to deal with them.

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Teaching is a thoroughly overrated Practice

This is reply to a comment on THR Network"I can come to the conclusion that people want to speak foreign language ( and the most of all English, for different reasons), but don't like the processus of learning, acquiring the knowledge and the skills.... that's a...

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Male / Female Communication Issues

Here is a light hearted look at issues in communication between men and women, which incidentally is one of the themes of a presentations skills course that we at Active Consultants deliver to companies in France and throughout Europe, which is so popular - for that I...

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Creative Thinking Skills – Can You Beat a 12-Year Old?

Have you ever watched a child wrestling with a problem? If so, you’ll know that children solve problems in a very different way than adults do. And the truly amazing thing is, children haven’t spent any time developing creative thinking skills at all!

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Workshops With Impact – 5 Keys to Facilitating Live Workshops

Many solo professionals use live workshops as a way to share their knowledge, build credibility, and market themselves. There are two key aspects to training – design and delivery – both of which require specific skills for success. If you’re a solo professional, many times you’re both the designer and the facilitator. In the facilitator role, how do you present the content in a way that inspires learning, plus keeps the audience engaged and coming back for more? Read on for tips to facilitate live workshops with impact…

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7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Twitter. It is a rocking hot social networking site that seems to be to be used by almost everyone today. It’s on the news, on the radio and on the minds of thousands of people everywhere, every single day. There are many different types of people on Twitter. But, most of these people are on Twitter for a single reason. They want people to know about them. They want to connect with people. Lots of people.

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Time Management Vs Energy Management

Time management is analogous to trying to manage the energy of a raging river. You begin to realize you are caught up in the river’s relentless, forward moving current. Panic sets in because you now know you are not in control; the river is in control.

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Unforgettable Presenters — 15 Tips for Being Memorable

As presenters, we all want to be memorable. Memorable for being outstanding, not for doing a far-from-excellent job. In this article, highlight notes and observations I have made about the qualities of the memorable presenters I have heard over the years.

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Twitter Should Not Take the Google Offer, Or Any Offer!

The blogosphere, ezines, and social media networks, have been blogging, printing, and twittering over the last week or two in regards to news that Google is close to making an offer for Twitter. Too many authors have been getting dinged for jumping on the band-wagon; don’t believe the hype!

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Stress Busters – 10 Ways to Manage Stress

Are you stressed out to the max? Do you need help managing your stress? According to a survey conducted by the American Institute of Stress, 54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives. Are you among these? The best way to bust stress before it gets out of control is to manage it properly. Here are the top ten ways you can manage stress, starting now-

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Employers just don't get E-Learning

Businesses have fundamentally failed to understand how e-learning technology should work, and as a result are not getting the most benefit from it, an academic has argued.Howard Noble, learning technologist at Oxford University, speaking to specialist newspaper...

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Public Speaking and Adult Learning Principles

This article is to help presenters and public speakers to be aware of the need to guide their audiences in using proven adult learning principles while they speak. Here they will discover the principle of elaborative rehearsal and five ways to help their listeners activate it as they are hearing the speakers message.

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The Mind Map as a Creative Thinking Mechanism

The Mind Map is perfectly suited to creative thinking as it consumes all the skill commonly found with creativity, especially imagination, association of ideas and flexibility. Applying the creative thinking 5 stage Mind Mapping technique can facilitate individual Mind Mappers to create at least twice as many innovative ideas as a traditional large brainstorming group.

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A Cosy Chat? – 10 Things that Coaching is Not

Coaching is a term that has been banalized and changed to mean virtually anything that involves one-to-one training or advice to group training or anything that involves training that could be sold at a higher price. Ever since it became popular in business, it has...

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Team Member Coached Teams

Teams and team leaders have certain roles to play, they need to alternate between leading and following. Leaders should provide clear vision, team members need to commit to the success of that vision; and everyone needs to share knowledge and expertise.

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Stress and Stress Management

Stress and the ways to cope during stress. Get detailed info about stress and the reasons why it could occur and also ways to manage stress effectively.

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Coaching Effectiveness – A Six Step Model

Whatever type of coaching we are trying to provide, formally or informally, we are likely to be most successful in helping the other person if we have a clear process to follow. In this brief article, we will be looking to provide you with some thoughts on what this process could look like, so that you can take your own approach.

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Why Are Soft Skills Important?

In many positions and occupations, job performance is soft skill dependent. These skills are often intangible and, therefore, not easily taught. They tend to be more a function of personality characteristics. Coaching can help.

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Job Interviews – Answering The Tough Questions

We have all been there, haven't we? Sailing through an interview, answering questions about our experiences and how we are manna from heaven for the recruiter when suddenly we are stopped in our tracks, lost for words.Yep, we all know the feeling, a question is asked...

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4 Stages of Cross Cultural Integration

Anyone who has travelled or lived in a foreign country , or even moved around in their own country will be well aware of the differences in culture that exist and impact on our lives when we are away from 'home'. We often talk about culture as being as distinct as a...

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E-Learning I – The Threat

The growth of the Internet has seen a proliferation of education by e-learning. However educators and students alike should beware that e-learning is not a panacea, and unless used appropriately may deliver an inferior learning experience.

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Self Awareness is Crucial in Healing Physical and Emotional Pain

Awareness is powerful medicine. Only with awareness can you truly make changes to anything, and until you are fully conscious of where you are, you will never be able to get to where you want to be. There is a saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” This is true on so many profound levels, and most particularly about our bodies. I am always amazed that when my clients come into my office and I ask them what they feel in their feet, they look down as though they’re surprised to see these five-phalanged creations flopping around on the ends of their legs!

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The Industry Atwitter – How Professional Services Firms Can Use Twitter to Grow Business

It seems that all anyone can talk about these days is Twitter-and the lingo can be inundating: Tweeps, Twibes, Tweets and Twords all abound in this mysterious land of microblogging. Yes, a lot of people in the A/E/C industry have been talking about Twitter, but do any of them actually get it? It seems that many marketing and technical people alike view Twitter as “just another social network” – a place to talk about how you’re feeling today and what you ate for lunch. But that simply is not the case.

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A Second Life For Educators

An interview with Berry Beattie, a lecturer in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour who is exploring the potential of the virtual world of Second Life as a medium for educators. How are educators using Second Life? What are its benefits? Its drawbacks? What does the future hold for educators? Are there specific uses for business education? This article provides a good starting point for understanding the issues involved.

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Does Your Culture Support or Sabotage Your Strategy?

So many organisations spend a great deal of time on thinking about their future – and developing strategic plans. However, they often forget to really look at themselves and where they are and why! What is their corporate culture? How will it affect your future? This looks at the link between the two.

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Improve the Impact of Learning: Key Actions Leaders Can Take to Improve Learning Application

In order for an organization to achieve “next level” results, it must develop employees capable of believing that they can reach goals that, at first, may seem beyond their reach. People develop best when they have active support — when and from whom they need it. But what does “active support” look like? Who determines value? What might managers do to communicate their investment in employee performance for the greatest affect?

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Social Media Versus Higher Education

The teaching model has remained mostly unchanged since the 19th century. Some teachers are already breaking the fold and beginning to use new tools at their exposure. Welcome to Learning 2.0.

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An NLP Technique to Overcome Presentation Nerves and Stress

Anchoring is a technique used in Neuro Linguistic Programming that is the association of a stimulus and a response to help boost personal effectiveness.We all have experiences of this type of phenomena in our professional and personal lives, but may not always be...

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The Top Ten Myths And Realities About Business Coaching

I think it is safe to say that there are many preconceived notions about business coaching. Furthermore, some of these notions really are myths rather than reality. In an attempt to provide some insight into what are the major myths about business coaching, I have developed a list of the top ten myths and respective realities that are counter to each myth.

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Mind Mapping – Virtual Brainstorming

Mind mapping is probably most famously linked to Tony Buzan, who developed the concept of mapping - a tool for putting, what goes on in the brain, down on paper or on a computer screen. It is a graphical method of representing ideas and concepts that creates ideas...

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Learning to Run the Lean Marathon in Organisations

Organisations looking to implement change that is sustainable in the medium to long term need to have three key attributes to be successful. Based on research undertaken with dozens of businesses, this article explores the key factors that can make your improvement programme (including Lean) successful.

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Working with Foreign Cultures

Cultures differ in how they communicate, how they use their time, and how they view themselves in terms of empowerment and decision making. These differences are likely to become apparent in business sessions with people from other countries.

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Stress Management Tips – Managing Stress by Cultivating Good Habits

We have a limited reserve of physical and psychological energy to cope with so many stressors. Without an arsenal at our to disposal for managing stress, stress overload can lead to various physical and psychological problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, ulcers and depression. In order to fill your stress relief arsenal, you need to not only be knowledgeable regarding stress management tips, but cultivate good habits to help minimize stress as well.

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Effective Meeting Facilitation – From WOMBAT to Effective

“Oh no! Another meeting! That’s 3 hours of my life I’ll never see again!” If you’ve ever felt this way or suspect you’ve evoked this response in others, read on. A new acronym has popped up that defines many meetings. Many people are now referring to meetings as a WOMBAT (Waste Of Money, Brains And Time).

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Active Inertia – Management hitting the change brakes

Have you ever heard of the term, "Active Inertia"? Sounds like a contradiction in terms doesn't it? Surely it is either 'action' or non-action, or 'inertia'... it cannot be both, can it? Fair point, but what we are going to look at is why so many of us get stuck in a...

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Twitter is bad for you !

If you Google "Twitter", you will probably come up with pages that either damn Twitter to the darkest depths or praise it up to the roof tops.Like it or not Microblogging is here to stay, at least until for the foreseeable future.So what is it about Twitter that we...

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How to Select a Facilitator

Facilitation is a complex activity. Thus, you want to make sure that you engage someone who knows how to help you get results. Here’s what to look for.

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I Now Know I DO Want a Coach – How Do I Choose One?

Choosing the right coach to work with can seem daunting – any internet search will bring up literally thousands of coaches all prepared to work with you. Your selection process can be helped by taking the following things into consideration.

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What is the Point of Learning to Learn?

Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach. The only person who is educated is the one who...

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How Coaching Works

Here is a short animated video which illustrates some of the aspects of the coaching process - although there are many coaching scenarios, this simple animation, pretty much puts it in a nutshell. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY75MQte4RU[/youtube]

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Should Emails be abolished in the workplace? ATOS thinks so

The debate goes on, should emails be banned in the workplace - fuelled recently by the CEO of Atos, Thierry Breton, who believes that emails in his organisation can be phased out in a year. Some of the reasons for this are that he believes that emails not only waste...

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All Learning is Social Learning

I want to talk about learning. But not the lifeless, sterile, futile, quickly forgotten stuff that is crammed in to the mind of the poor helpless individual tied into his seat by ironclad bonds  of conformity! I am talking about LEARNING - the insatiable curiosity...

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Is Social Networking really worth the bother?

Are social networking sites all they are cracked up to be?   What is the payback from participation in a social network?   Citing the obvious examples, such as MySpace, Facebook, and Linked in it would seem that there is a need for social networking and it...

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Soft Skills – Successful Expatriation in a Nutshell

Although the growth in expatriate assignments slowed significantly during 2007 and 2008, economic growth in newly industrialized countries is picking up in 2009. With increasing GDP-figures growing numbers of expatriates are sought to fill managerial positions in developing economies. Despite the increased demand for expatriate employment, expatriate failure rates remain high and costly.

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Going Beyond HTML

So what is CMS, I hear you cry. CMS is a dynamic Content Management System. Let me start with an example.

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Learning How To Manage Stress In a Chaotic World

In todays world where we struggle to balance work, family, and finances, stress can sometimes feel like the most prevalent thing in our life. Weighing heavily on our shoulders, stress captures us in its grip as we fall victim to the myriad of physical and emotional repercussions.

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Professors – Using Student-Driven Learning Methods – Cooperative-Collaborative Learning – Part 1

A popular instructional development of recent years has been the use of small groups within classrooms to provide students an engaging, non-threatening learning experience. The strategy leverages the tenets of the constructivist approach, whose adherents believe that students, rather than coming to the course with a “blank slate,” construct new knowledge within the parameters of their existing knowledge.

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How to motivate yourself in one easy lesson

If you are ever feeling a bit down or a bit sorry for yourself - you know, nothing is working out, you are bored or fed up - pinch or punch yourself and watch this amazing person.Enjoy it then see how you feel .... things aren't so bad huh ..[youtube width="460"...

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Can NLP Help Or Harm Your Business?

What are your thoughts about NLP? Are you curious about how it might work for you and your organisation? Have you had bad experiences of it and NLP’rs? This article gives you some ideas about how it might work in a measured way rather than claiming it is the answer to all things!

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The difference between Coaching and Psychotherapy

More and more people are hearing the terms personal coach or life coach. There have been newspaper articles and professional articles written on the subject. Several people have asked me, “what is a life or personal coach and how is personal coaching different from psychotherapy?”

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Learning Social Skills in 8 Simple Steps

No matter how smart you are and how good you are in individual or group gatherings, there is still a need to know and learn the proper social skills as you interact. It is not enough to learn the basics of social interaction. Learning social skills is a continuous process.

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Soft Skills, Hard Results

Leadership deals with the world of emotions and feelings. It is more of an art than a science. Now there is hard evidence that those “soft” leadership principles are the major factor in what makes a high-performance team or organization.

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Dealing with Workplace Stress

One of the hardest forms of stress to avoid is workplace stress. After all, you need to go to work and there are plenty of things to worry about once you get there.

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Cultural Integration – the Secret to a Successful Merger & Acquisition

M&A activities bring about significant change involving employees, organizational entities, systems, shareholders, customers, and many other stakeholders. Companies that want to expand, strive to acquire businesses that enhance their product portfolio and secure additional employees with specialized skills. However, many companies enter into M&A activity without recognizing the impact on the organization and the overall impact on the human element within the two merging companies. M&A activities that are improperly managed can result in lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and employee attrition.

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Online Learning – Training Webinar Success Tips

If you think that face-to-face training is the only effective way to do training, think again. New research shows that blending on-site training with online (such as through live, interactive webinars) produces far better outcomes. In fact, training webinars are as powerful as face-to-face training, and even better, when the sessions are designed for lively interaction, participation, and problem solving throughout.

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How Unseen Stress Affects Body Functions

A little bit of stress in our lives is normal. When it becomes excessive and especially if we choose to ignore it’s symptoms, then we’ll end up paying the price with emotional, mental and physical illnesses.

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A Brief Look at Adult Learning

In this day and age, more and more adults who have been part of the workforce all their lives are considering adult learning as a potentially valuable tool to polish their existing skills or learn new ones that will help place them ahead of the competition when it comes to the job market. Adult learning can help when it comes to earning a much desired promotion or helping an individual to qualify for a lateral move within their existing profession that will be beneficial to them. When it comes to preparing for a completely …

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How Much Stress is Too Much Stress?

No doubt you have felt the tightening of your neck muscles, diaphragm and back and shoulders. Stress overload can also give you intense headaches and a tightly strung feeling in the pit of your stomach. You can feel nauseous and weak from this.

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The Magic and Mystery of Teams

As the world of manufacturing has become increasingly competitive, managers have diligently searched out new and innovative ways to increase productivity, multiply the power of every employee, and better utilize every resource in order to positively impact the bottom line. For more than a decade one of the most popular “Hot Trend” innovations has been the idea of “Team”. We are told that no man is an island, nothing of significance has ever been accomplished by one person alone, the whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts and on and on and on.

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Sales Excellence With NLP Techniques

Any advantage sales professionals can get is worth considering in a competitive business situation. This article is about how NLP can achieve a huge increase to your sales results.

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20 Sure Fire Ways to Fail in Giving Presentations

Presentation skills are perhaps one of the most prized soft skills in business - now that may sound like a bit of a big statement, OK, but pause to think for a moment and consider the following mistakes that most presenters make - I know I have made them all ! There...

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Promote Your Business by Providing Content

Today, information is power. Gaining useful information is almost a full-time job in itself. If you can use your knowledge to help your clients and prospects gain useful knowledge, it builds a bond, establishes you as a credible resource, and creates a favorable image for you and your business. Helping to solve a problem, without getting an immediate payback, puts you in a special categoryexpert. Here are five ways to share your expertise as a content provider:

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Training Design Tips – Using Adult Learning Principles

So you’ve finally decided to go for it and design your first workshop, tele-class, or home study! Now what? This article is the first of six in a series of Training Design Tips. First things first. You need some working knowledge of adult learning principles and styles to guide your course design. Read on to learn more about incorporating them into your course.

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Learn the French Language

The French language is spoken by 130 million people around the world. The language is the native tongue in countries like France, Switzerland, Haiti, and parts of Canada.

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What kind of Tweeter are you?

Don't know if you have ever noticed, but there is almost a tribal separation in the users of Twitter. Tribal in the sense that you can clearly, as we humans tend to do, compartmentalise tweeters into a number of different profile types, by the way they tweet and their...

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What is Culture?

All cultures have a set of beliefs that constitute the code of values and moral laws for that particular culture. In Asia for example people were exposed to certain social phenomena and consequently adopted certain beliefs that now determine their behavior as a separate culture. In other countries people share different beliefs and values due to a variety of factors. Religion is one of the most important factors that shape the society in terms of its cultural beliefs and traditions.

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Aligning Corporate Teams

How Individuals And Teams Get Aligned Fast With A Process Of Questioning, Energy Shifting, Self-Esteem Raising, And Confidence Building

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How To Understand Cross-Cultural Analysis

How to understand cross-cultural analysis? This article shows the theories currently in vogue and guides the reader to gain a comprehensive understanding of the field of cross-cultural analysis.

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Why Humans Can Learn Almost Anything

Humans are capable of doing many things simultaneously thanks to a brain that can be trained to do or learn almost anything. So never stop learning new things. Life-long learning helps stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia later in life.

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What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis, developed by Eric Berne, is a commonly used approach to therapy which has been around since the 1950’s, and is still developing today. TA is based upon the idea that our psyche functions from three basic states, which Berne called Parent, Adult and Child. It is not only a form of personal therapy, but also much used in organizational psychology.

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How to Plan Effective Audio Visual Presentations

Knowing how to Plan Effective Audio Visual Presentations is vitally import for every presenter and every business. You only get one chance to give a good and effective presentation and that presentation will have a lasting impression.

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Lifelong Learning – What's in it For You?

Remember dial telephones? Adding machines? Carbon paper? They’re relics of the past, proof positive that the business world we live and work in changes. At times seemingly overnight. Office tools we were satisfied using not too long ago are grossly outdated today. And – to no one’s surprise – much of the knowledge we relied on yesterday is grossly outdated today. To keep up, ya gotta step up. Ya gotta keep on learnin’!

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Learning and Development Trends

The 21st century is ushering in the new social learning revolution. Today’s workers come from a variety of cultures and generations, and we must address the requirements of this diverse, global audience.

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Personal Coaching – Top 7 Basics and an Important Key

Personal Coaching is becoming more popular in day-to-day living, to set goals, stay on track and achieve goals, while balancing family and work. Article explains- Why Coaching, When to Get Coaching, Coaching Process, etc. Personal Coaching helps a client to realize more of his potential, achieve his goals and enjoy success in many areas of life.

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Ten Ways to a Greater ROI on Professional Coaching

Having an Executive Coach is quickly becoming one of the most sought after professional development options of middle and senior level executives. But how do you ensure your getting your monies worth? Here are 10 ways to ensure that you money will be well spent!

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Change Management&Transition Management

Global competition, challenges, company goals for higher profits, requisitions or structural change in the top management; all these factors call for one thing- Change Management. British Airways had to alter its approach to content management on the internet, Cadbury had to cope with global changes by refocusing on its cultural and communication barriers, HP had its CEO resigning in 2005 and Kelloggs acquired Kebbler in 2001 which resulted in almost a double in its operations and revenues. These are to name a few companies that had faced different management faucets and were successful in their change management strategies.

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A New Approach To Team Coaching And Facilitating

Imagination has long been thought of as a soft, “feel good” concept that has no place amongst the hard edged realities of the business environment. The latest developments in Neuroscience, Quantum Physics and Solution-Focused Brief approach to change make it clear that nothing could be further from the truth however. Harnessing your and your team’s imagination, in other words, focusing on “what is possible” is proving to be one the most effective methods to achieve sustainable business outcomes.

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Training – How Adults Learn Differently From Kids

There are significant differences between how children learn and how adults learn. Kids are passively involved, accepting information at face value because they have no frame of reference for it. Adults, however, have years of experience to use as a context in their learning. Such a difference in learning is crucial for a trainer to know and use to advantage. Here’s a look at some of those differences and what that means for a trainer.

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Six Keys to a Successful Business Website

Six keys to a successful business website sounds too simple to be true. However, since there are only two goals for a successful business website, it really isn’t that complicated. The two goals are – getting the right people to your website and getting them to buy, contact you, sign up, or simply do what you want them to do. This article will tell you the six keys to accomplishing that.

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How Twitter is Destroying Your Mind

Twitter is showing us a very important and revealing aspect of our humanity: a mind is not necessary for self expression. Or, as we say out here in California, “No es necessario!”

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5 Best Creative Thinking Techniques to Help Your Business Thrive

It is widely believed that creativity is one of the most valuable and desired abilities in the history of humankind. Brainstorming, introducing a random element, using reverse brainstorming, Napoleon technique, free writing – these are all powerful creative thinking techniques you might have a look at!

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Lifelong Learning – Skills for Life!

This blog explores facets of lifelong learning in a practical and pragmatic sense, applied to a multitude of contexts but mainly in an organisational learning setting.Lifelong learning is at the core of all of our lives and is something that we do either formally,...

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Detecting Signs of Stress

In order to keep from becoming stressed, one of the first things to do is to be aware of the signs of stress. This is, admittedly, difficult, since people who are stressed are usually too stressed to notice that they are stressed.

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Twitter Tips For Beginners

The simple fact of the matter is that Twitter is one of the fastest growing website on the planet, so if you are not already using twitter, the odds are you will be using it sooner or later so lets start off right with some quick tips make sure you get the most out of your titter experience. This article is to teach new twitter users and show people who are new to twitter what what to do and what not to do while on twitter. The twitter network is very simple, yet to many it is a very confusing social network to be involved in. There are only a few things that can be done, but it seems like vast universe for such a simple one, over at twitter.

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Life is too short not be a Lifelong Learner!

Life is a learning experience every moment. If you learn from your experiences, you will be able to avoid making the same mistakes again and again. You have to update your knowledge related to your field to excel in your professional life. A product is created through the knowledge which we have acquired.

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TOP TEN TIME WASTERS

We are sometimes our own worst enemies when it comes to how we organise and spend our time.Have a look at the following list and see if there are things here that ring a bell with you:1.Doing too much of something 2.Waiting for details / people /Chasing for...

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The Main Reason Why Change Management Doesn't Change a Thing

Change Management is on everyone’s lips. Yet for Change Management to be successful, organization’s have to “change” how they do business internally. It’s messier, it means loss of control, it means trusting your people. It also means a greater chance of success. And that’s what Change Management is all about!

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The 8 Essential Soft Skills For Leadership For Changing and Challenging Times

“Even turkeys can fly in a strong wind”. Isn’t that a great comment? I heard it the other day from someone talking about the true measure of leadership. When things are going well and the “wind” is blowing strong, even the very average person can fly high and lead reasonably well. It is, however when there is little or no “wind” as there is at present, that the true leader emerges, the one who can fly high against all odds, using his/her own resources.

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The Six Hats of Creative Communication or – Using De Bono's Tools for a Unique Message Effect

The purpose of this article is to discuss and demonstrate the use of De Bono’s Six Hats Method as a powerful and creative approach for communication. Design your communication efforts (speeches, meetings, dialogs, posters, ads, etc.) according to this model and get your message through in an original yet clear and effective way. The article itself uses the same approach and is built on the same model of the Six Hats of Communication.

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The Top 7 Causes Of Workplace Stress And 15 Ways To Get Rid Of Them

Stress at work shows up in a variey of ways. Many workplace surveys show that factors such as doing more with less, working harder, feeling overwhelmed, and challenging work/life balance priorities are affecting more and more people working today. This article shows how to get to the bottom of these issues and decrease stress while increasing job satisfaction.

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Team Building and Multiple Intelligences

The theory of Multiple Intelligences has greatly impacted the way children are being educated in the United States. How do we apply Dr. Howard Gardner’s research on multiple intelligences to team building?

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Dad, what is Twitter?

The question is often asked, maybe not by kids, but it amounts to the same, in as much as, if you are a user (or addict) of Twitter, the question is asked and it seems so obvious to us, only up to the point that we start to explain it to a non-Twitter user. Yes,...

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Six Steps to Increase your Team Building Success

Each year organizations invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in team building. Where some claim transformation others report little change and poor results. It’s unsurprising then that many employees react with cynicism when their trusty leader announces it’s time for the team to build and bond.

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Invest in Your Interpersonal Skills

This article sends out a simple message about succeeding in interviews. Your interpersonal skills must be well-honed and your interviewing technique must be razor sharp. Talent and great qualifications are not enough to land the job. You must demonstrate in a short interview process how you can add value to your prospective company’s bottom line.

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Public Speaking – dealing with your greatest fears

Roscoe Tanner once said, "The brain is a wonderful thing, it's starts working even before the moment that we take our first breath and only stops, the moment when we get up to speak in public".Others have said, that when giving a eulogy speech at a funeral, most...

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Can Social Media Really Facilitate Learning?

Social Media, it just trips off of the tongue doesn't it? But what do we mean exactly by social media? Isn't all media, by definition, social, in as much that it is intended for groups of people to consume, to inform to educate, persuade and convince? Now that may be...

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How NOT to Learn a Foreign Language

There are a great deal of opinions and ideas related to language learning that are either founded on solid pedagogical theory and tested strategies and others which are clearly urban myths to the point of almost being 'old-wives-tales'. I myself, have undertaken...

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Is Twitter Useful For Vision Mapping

Twitter has taken the internet with a storm, everywhere you look, everywhere you search everyone is sending twits and is twittering. The question is, is this worth the time and effort to get involved in?

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Change is a natural process and a huge learning opportunity

Change is an integral part of business and everyday life that is not only inevitable, but also essential. Technological advances in the workplace mean that there is no choice, well there are choices, but most boil down to change or go the way of the dodo. The only...

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Use stress as a positive energizer – Just Do It!

Stress is something of a minefield, even the word itself is scary - something to be avoided at all costs and often seen as a very negative phenomenon. But what exactly is our understanding of stress? Stress is natural, we cannot, really effectively, turn it on and off...

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10 Deadly Presentation Pitfalls to Avoid

When you are giving a presentation, there are many things that are in your control that can make your presentation go well or go terribly wrong. Without knowing it, presenters many times fall into traps of their own making, which can be easily avoided with the right tools and outlook. Here are ten of the biggest deadly mistakes that presenters should avoid.

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Top Five Things to Know When Choosing an Open Source CMS

If you are looking at getting your site up and running quickly, manage the site yourself without a need for a programmer and of course what to spend as little as possible then going in for a content management based web site is the answer for you. There are many open source Content Management Systems available so which one is right for you? This article lists the five most important aspects to consider when deciding on an open source content management system to use.

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Seven Change Management Issues

Managing change continues to be at the top of the corporate leadership agenda and is often seen as a core leadership development issue. Today more than ever, organizations are meeting increased resistance to change as employees and leaders alike are becoming weary of the constant change happening in organizations.

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The 6 Stages of Learning

Have you ever stopped to consider how you know what you know? In reality, you think, say, and do what you do because of what you have learned. Obviously, there have been some good lessons, some not-so-good ones, and even some lessons you seem to keep re-learning.

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How Do You Know What You Know? – Memory Fundamentals and Aging

Senior Citizens have become a large, important and influential group in today’s society. Aging research is increasingly indicating that more and more people are going to live to 100 years of age in the foreseeable future. This is good news for those who can enjoy the mental fitness that will be important during these “bonus” years. This article is a brief introduction to human memory for those who want to preserve and improve it.

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Business Success Tip – Never Stop Learning

Unfortunately, change is the only thing anyone can count on in the future. The good news is that the more open you are to changes, the better your business will ultimately be and the easier it will become both to do business and to keep adapting.

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The Art of Self Awareness

In order to achieve the goals we set for in this life it is important to develop an ability to evaluate ourselves and our progress. Self assessment begins with an evaluation of the present, the immediate, the here and now. What are your present circumstances, what is your starting point of reference?

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Three Critical Core Skill Areas For Successful Virtual Projects

As Project Managers, we are not at a loss for the fact that the world is shrinking. Virtual projects are all around us, and the influence on our daily activities will vary depending on our location, industry, function, and a host of other factors. However, the fact remains that the more skilled we are with the basics of building teams in any environment, the better equipped we will be to handle any challenges that come our way in our rapidly changing “virtual” world.

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NLP Representation and Eye Movement – Maybe a VAK-uous Observation

Eye-movements and internal representation are a fundamental part of the NLP body of knowledge, but recent research shows that this may well be far from accurate. NLP announces itself to the world as the ‘user manual for the brain’, however it appears that one of the greatest theories about how an individual moves their eyes in response to certain types of sensory concepts has been shown not just to be inaccurate, but completely false.

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Knowledge Management – Lessons Learned and How To Identify Them

How can I ensure that my organisation is identifying “lessons learned” in an effective way – a way which makes their successful application more likely? This article, drawn from a best-selling knowledge management fieldbook by its author, identifies ten key steps involved in “learning after doing”.

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The Relevance of Facilitated Team-Building in the 21st Century Business

A corporation’s staff of employees, i.e., corporate team, can sometimes literally make or break its business. The “right” corporate team for an entity cannot be purchased in a store, or at auction via eBay, as an effective corporate team doesn’t simply just happen–its creation is typically both purposeful and highly strategic to the particular entity.

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Workplace Stress Trap – I Am Super-Worker – I Can Do Everything, Just Ask Me

‘I can do everything – just ask me!’ This is a major workplace stress trap for the overenthusiastic employee, the Super-worker, who wants to be honored and valued all the time. At one level, it is great to think that a person has the confidence and the motivation to do everything at work. But there are clear problems with this workplace stress trap. At another level it is very dangerous in a number of ways.

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The Benefits of Lifelong Learning and Discovery

Do you enjoy learning? Is it a pleasure to discover new things, or do you associate the word ‘learning’ with being sat behind a desk at school being fed information you have no control over? Happily, as adults we can choose what we want to learn and the skills we want to develop. Learning should be a lifelong venture that should feature in all stages of your life.

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Lifelong Learning – How Relevant is it to My Career?

Lifelong learning is crucial to ensuring that you and your children are able to thrive in a rapidly changing economic market. Don’t be put off if you have unpleasant memories of school – education is changing too and new techniques make learning more user-friendly.

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Nursing Assistants – 7 Tips For Encouraging Lifelong Learning

There’s no doubt about it: lifelong learning is key to both professional and personal growth. But, your nursing assistants won’t “buy into” this belief if it’s just a meaningless mission statement, stuck in a frame and hung on the wall. Instead, it needs to be a way of life at your organization. So, how are things at your workplace? Do your nursing assistants love to learn? If not, you may want to follow these 7 tips for creating a workplace atmosphere that encourages learning.

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Employees Fail to Develop Enthusiasm in Online Learning

Today, as the internet has become widely available, people have started achieving their goals from it. Technological advances made the internet easily accessible, from a variety of locations and thus many people started learning online. Online learning with its advantages has also brought a few failings such as lack of employee enthusiasm in online training programs.

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Invest in Yourself – Broaden Your Skill Set

The most effective employee today does not allow life and life circumstances to get in the way of their full income earning potential. These folks embrace lifelong learning and find learning to be rewarding and enjoyable.

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The Psychology of Culture

On the evolutionary, contemporary and universal dimensions of culture and identifying the main research areas in cultural psychology. The term culture would mean the entire gamut of activities, beliefs, lifestyle, habits, rituals, arts, ethics and behavioral patterns of a society. Yet despite the wide definition of culture, the elements of culture being too varied and divergent, it is not easy to provide a relationship between culture and psychology. There are two common ways by which the relationship between psychology and culture is studied, through intra-cultural psychology or behavioral patterns.

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Twitter Tools – The Definitive List of the Best Twitter Tools Ever

A few months ago, people were starting to talk about Twitter. Now, Twitter is no secret; it’s THE marketing tool everyone is talking about. If you are not using Twitter to promote your business, you are out of your mind. If there’s something that gets me more excited than Twitter is the ability to increase Twitter’s potential by using tools. But let me give you a word of caution: once you try these Twitter tools, there’s no way back. You’ll become a Twitter genius and get more exposure for your business than you’ve ever thought possible. If you are OK with that, read on.

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Discover the Right Way to Leverage Social Media

You will feel a sense of enlightenment after you have read this short article. You will be able to willingly influence social media as a tool that you may use to improve you, your business, and your brand, YOU inc.

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The Secret to Having a Powerful Memory

Artificial intelligence will likely never be a match to the computing power of the human mind. Most of all, it cannot match the memory capacity of your mind once you know the tricks that professionals use.

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We are all natural-born language learning experts!

We hear so many people, so many times state, and believe what they are saying, that “I am not good at languages”.If we think about this, the person has either written or spoken this statement in a clear and intelligible way – so they CAN actually USE language, which says that they CAN actually LEARN a language – because they did at least once with their own mother tongue.To state that you just cannot learn a language is totally flawed and untrue. So what are they really saying?

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What is Facilitation?

The goal of group decision-making is synergy — achieving better results than any individual could have achieved working alone. Key to success in achieving synergy is having a skilled facilitator to act as the keeper of the process.

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Three Self-Awareness Activities To Transform Your Imperfections

Recently, I was reading the 7 Secrets For Successful Living By Marianne Paraday when a thought struck me. In the book, Parady gives her annotations on the works of Transcendentalist author and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and my thoughts spawned from his words noted in her writing: “Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults. Our strength grows out of our weakness.” Parady writes at length about giving up our need for perfection and it got me thinking: How much our lives could be enriched if we could simply give up our quest to be perfect! In many of my other articles on self-awareness, I encourage readers to focus on the positive parts of themselves and let them expand. Yet, what to do with the imperfections? Here’s three ideas:

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Does Memory Reside Inside the Brain?

It is a common accepted belief that memory is stored inside the brain based on the strong connection between memory and the brain established by neuroscience in the past century. While the evidence accumulated in the field of brain surgery suggests memory information must exist somewhere other than the brain. Recent scientific research results and surgical evidences substantiate the only logic conclusion that the memory indeed does not reside in the brain.

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Styles of Learning

There was a gathering of educators from around the world brought together to explore the improvement of student learning. Also invited was a wise man known as a world teacher who was asked to share his thoughts and perceptions with the group. There was a buzz among the educators, for it was known that the wise man had a unique understanding on the subject, and he was considered the foremost authority on the characteristics operating in the learning process.

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Understanding Children's Learning Style

We each have our own unique learning style, and if parents and carers can identify a child’s learning style, they will be much better able to connect with the child and support them in their learning. This article explores learning style, including how to identify a child’s learning style and how to support each style most effectively.

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Stress and Keeping a Stress Diary

How to keep a stress diary to help you identify your stressors and gain insight into how you react to them. It will allow you to better channel your energy into performing as you choose to and not in reaction to the unidentified stress that has you by the throat.

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Time Management Tips for Managers

Late last year I was presenting a workshop for the senior managers of a major organisation. Whilst doing a pre-workshop survey to assess the challenges these managers were experiencing it became very…

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Stress Management Myths That Could Kill You!

In todays 24/7 pressure filled world, you must also be aware of some very dangerous misinformation circulating about stress. Here are five stress management myths that you can only ignore to your peril.

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Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking in a Global Education Setting

I just finished reading A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Educational Fads, which was published by The Foundation for Critical Thinking. In it the authors discuss the essential idea of various educational ‘fads’, proper educational uses and likely misuses of each. The fads range from school choice and Socratic questioning to integrated curriculum. Three of these fads stood out for me as important ideas that should be considered in more depth… and together as an educational strategy.

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Building A Learning Organisation – Part 3

A company that performs badly is easily recognisable. The symptoms that reflect this may be: a) Employees who seem unmotivated or uninterested in their work. b) A workforce that lacks the skill and knowledge to adjust to new jobs. c) Employees who lack initiative in giving ideas or who simply follow orders.

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Roleplaying and Social Learning

The act of roleplaying is one which goes far beyond games of dungeons and dragons, or the more modern online video game incarnations. It is something that everyone engaged in as a child. It is the act of make believe, of pretending that you are somebody else, and imagining that character and that world, imposing its presence on the reality of the world around you.

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Moodle – The pick of Open Source LMS

E-learning has gone through a few phases since it's inception and subsequent take-up over the last 15 years, including the buzz-word driven mania of the 90s to the apparent reticence of the 21st century.Let's face it, theres' nothing inherently wrong with E-learning,...

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Facilitative Leadership – The"Easy Way"

It’s an awesome place to be when we’re with people–a team of people–all pulling together under fun and inspirational leadership. Ease, synergy and forward-thinking are three words/terms that describe the style… Enter ‘facilitative leadership.’

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Cross Cultural Solutions for International Business

Globalisation, the expansion of intercontinental trade, technological advances and the increase in the number of companies dealing on the international stage have brought about a dramatic change in the frequency, context and means by which people from different cultural backgrounds interact.

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Presentation Skills: Be More Productive Using a Facilitator Mode

Are you a facilitator or an educator? The mode of facilitator is often misused in the corporate world and interchanged with words like trainer and educator. Facilitation is an exceptional skill, once you learn this skill you can boost your productivity and it can make you a better presenter.

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100 Ways to Say Well-done

Why is so difficult to tell someone that they are doing a good job? Perhaps we lack this vital element of vocabulary when the moment arrives ..It's a vital part of every person's people-skills - be positive and rewarding!Sometimes it seems like it is not an integral...

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How To Perfect Your Soft Skills

Just because you have a college degree does not mean you will land that high paying job you’ve been wanting. While education is certainly important it is not the only factor that employers use in the hiring process. ‘Soft’ skills refer to ones personality and communication style.

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Eight Barriers to Critical Thinking

All too often we fall prey to patterns of thought that are comfortable to us without analyzing their effectiveness. When this happens we may not get the desired results because we haven’t asked the right questions or asked enough of them to arrive at the best response to a problem.

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Lifelong Learning Keeps Your Brain Working

I can think of no better way to keep your brain active than to commit to lifelong learning. So many of us finish school, college or university and don’t give further learning another thought. It’s unfortunate that we forgot all about the joy of learning.

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Change Management and Goal Setting For Effective Teams

With the economy on its downward swing, I find that more of the companies I am working with are looking at very drastic alternatives to save money, downsize and implement cost effective procedures and policies to meet this challenge. The need for change is apparent, what the change should be is more vague.

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Lifelong Learning Success Factors – 5 Tips to Put to Work Today

The famous futurist Alvin Toffler said many years ago that, “The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.” That predication is becoming truer every day. Whether for professional development or for your own self-improvement, it’s clearer than ever that being an effective lifelong learner is the key to success.

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Learner Autonomy – Don't leave me stranded!

Autonomy doesn't necessarily mean that you are left alone to figure things out for yourselves.There is a strong argument that would prove this point to be pretty impracticle in all but exceptional cases, being that autonomous learners have the tools that facilitate...

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Useful Tips For Improving Your Memory

How many times have you been driving home and suddenly had that sinking feeling that you have forgotten something. If you find you are having difficulty remembering things then why not try this really simple technique, it works.

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Overcoming Presentation Paranoia

Many people admit that speaking in public is one of their greatest fears. Following a few simple steps can help to reframe this and enable you to approach presentations more confidently and to deliver your messages effectively…

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Use it or lose it – 10 Tips for memory improvement

Wouldn't it be great if we were able to remember things as if they were a snapshot, in vivid colour and in great detail? Unfortunately a photographic memory isn't something that we all possess, but we can at least work on our memories in order to be able to recall...

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What's the Difference Between Presenting, Training and Facilitating?

Training, presenting and facilitating are the three primary forms of being in front of group. While they require similar skill sets, there are differences. Here’s an exploration of the key differences among the three so that the trainer-to-be or presenter-hopeful or facilitator-wannabe knows how to accommodate those differences.

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Children Coping With Stress – Tips For Parents

Parents are children’s first line of support for helping them cope with stress. Parents can either help children learn coping skills or add to children’s stress by not providing the support needed. This article provides parents with four tips they can use to help children learn how to cope with the stress they experience in school, sports, and the arts.

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Developing Critical Thinking

In the course of our work lives, we learn specific tasks associated with our job positions, sometimes putting our strategic thinking on auto pilot. We perform our job responsibilities satisfactorily enough, but often we don’t develop the reflective judgment skills of ‘critical thinking’.

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The Social Media Shift

There is no doubt that the outlets and channels of the Social Media space are all the rage. After all, who doesn’t Facebook or Twitter? Yet there was always a hesitation to embrace the hot new thing.

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Can NLP Hurt Your Relationships?

NLP opens us up to new ways of thinking and opens up our opportunities. But what immediate impact does it have on relationships? Does NLP hurt your ability to communicate with your partner when you get back home and use it in the real world?

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HR Guide to the Future Trends of Effective Workplace Training and Learning

Any organization involved in training and development for their staff should consider what improvements will take place as a result of greater research. When you look at the results of the key developments so far it can be reasonably expected that the trends will continue. These three significant trends will have a considerable influence on the future of training and learning. This article examines the trends that will shape future training and learning programs.

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NLP Modeling

The debate and inquiry whether or not Neuro-linguistic programming is a valid science or not continues. To comply with the technicalities of scientific study, NLP modeling was used to make objective observations and presentations of its principles.

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10 Keys to Designing A Personal Lifelong Learning Process

Learning doesn’t stop even after you obtain a Ph.D. We are all actually life-long students. Even after we retire we want to learn how to travel, relax, play golf. Designing the daily habits to add learning to your daily schedule, allows you to stretch without always being in a class room. Yet, how can you do that when all of our lives are already full with home care, work, career, children, spouse, and the list goes on. Life learner and coach, Catherine Franz, gives 10 keys on how to implement life learning into any life style.

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10 Simple Steps to Happiness

From a BBC documentary that aired in November of 2005.1. Plant something and nurture it.2. Count your blessings–at least five–at the end of each day.3. Take time to talk–have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week.4. Phone a friend whom you have not...

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6 Great Ways To Improve Your Social Skills

If you are looking for a way to improve your social skills, there are many resources available that will assist you in refining your social skills and improving the way you communicate with others.

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Ten Benefits of Facilitation

By using facilitation as a tactic, you can ensure that you free up your people in all sorts of ways when they work together – after all, it’s there to make the process work. But what exactly are the benefits?

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Twitter – Cowboys and Angels

Twitter Cowboys and Angels I'm getting slightly worried that I am turning into a Twitter ranter - moaning about things Twitter, but this is not what I am aiming at, the devil made me do it, honest! I love Twitter, the French have a saying "Don't spit in the soup",...

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Learning is Change – Change is Learning

Adult Learning research has discovered a law called « The law of 3 +/- 2 » Which states that when we are in a normal state of awareness we are able to effectively remember 3 new things.  When we are in Down-Time or tired or lack interest in the topic, we can remember ...

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Improve Your Memory by Arousing Your State of Mind

Being mentally alert is a state of mind and we are obviously not always alert. Our mood and general level of physiological arousal will tend to range from deep sleep through drowsiness to a normal waking state; occasionally we experience a state of high agitation or excitement, and under extreme conditions, terror and panic. High arousal tends to be accompanied by changes in the electrical activity of the brain as recorded by electroencephalogram (EEG), and by an increase in heart rate, palm sweating and electrical conductivity of the skin.

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Top Ten Things About Strategic Business Thinking

To raise the bar on your business performance, from where you are now, to where you want to be (and beyond!), requires a level of strategic thinking which, in perfect tune with your visioning skills, creates a structured and progressive way forward. Here are Ten great traits EVERY business manager needs to know.

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Critical Thinking Towards Time Management

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a credit card that we could use towards the purchase of a few or how about several more hours in our day? If there were a place in existence we would all be hanging out in that line. I always make a joke, if only I could clone myself, “get real, right?” There are 2 resources to spend in this world and that is time and money.

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What exactly are Soft Skills and why are they so important?

You may well have heard at least a passing reference to Soft Skills and their importance in the workplace, without fully realising the full scope of what they are, let alone how they play an important part in securing and maintaining employability.It's a similar...

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"We Don't Need Any Coaching!"And Other Myths

It is widely agreed that coaching is a much-misunderstood concept and it is perhaps not surprising that many myths have sprung up around the subject. Can you see any truth in the following for example?

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Professors – Using Student-Driven Learning Methods – Cooperative-Collaborative Learning – Part 3

When you are integrating cooperative-collaborative groups into your instructional activities in the classroom, then regardless of their size, composition, and place of meeting, it is critical to monitor the groups’ progress. When you are using groups within the regularly scheduled class meeting, move quickly throughout the entire classroom during the initial phases to gauge all groups’ understanding of the assignment and outcome to be produced.

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Developing Your Team – What Are Your Options?

In todays highly competitive selling environment, there is less room for apprenticeship, as organisations need to see a swift return on their investment. Therefore, Sales Directors need to allow sufficient time to enable their investment in training and development to pay off. Introducing ongoing reinforcement programmes will help accelerate the benefits gained from the training and development investment.

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Developing Interpersonal Skills – Pull out The Suckers and Weeds

According to the National Gardening Association, suckers are rapidly growing shoots rising from an underground root or stem, often to the detriment of the tree. They can be very irritating and annoying for they bear no flowers or fruit. Unfortunately, businesses have suckers and weeds too. These unattractive thieves rob the organization blind by ruining its competitive advantage, and choking and stifling its people. This article shows you how to avoid these outcomes and outlines ways to effectively stop all but the most persistent of organizational suckers and weeds.

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Setting Clear Learning objectives in (Language) Learning

When you attempt to set and establish your learning objectives, especially for language learning, try to narrow things down and set clear achievable targets. This post is aimed specifically for language learning, but is just as applicable to any form of learning. If...

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Speaking Strategies for Second Language Learning

It isn’t that difficult to see why speaking along with listening is one of the most difficult skills in a foreign language. Several linguistic skills are having to be managed at the same time – pronunciation, vocabulary, spontaneity, rythmn, intonation, pronunciation,...

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10 Ways to Improve Logical Critical Thinking and Reasoning

If you’ve ever wondered how to make your brain work harder for you, and how to improve reasoning and critical thinking, then this is for you. Science writer, Rhodes scholar and two-time author Jonah Lehrer has come up with some unexpected ways you can help your brain stay fit and sharp. As an organ like any other in our body, it makes sense that exercise might be helpful.

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The Effects of Background Music on Learning

I was working this morning with a person to help them to improve the impact of their presentations - the person was French and the presentation are to be delivered in English. Just before doing the presentation I set a simple task of reading a set of statements about...

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Knowledge Management – Learning Whilst Doing – Facilitating an After Action Review

Introducing a learning culture into organisations can be difficult at times, particularly if the effort required it great and the benefits aren’t quickly identifiable. After Action Reviews (known as AARs) are one of the simplest knowledge management techniques, and have been used to great effect in organisations ranging from the US Army, to BP, and even in the development sector in NGOs like TearFund. Their power comes from the fact that they take little time, generate rapid results, and the approach can be easily learned and repeated. In summary, they have a “low barrier to entry”.

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Is Stress Making You Fat? Exploring The Link Between Stress and Weight Gain

Recent EU statistics published in the Eurostat Yearbook reveal that Britons are the second fattest nation in Europe and the second fattest in the developed world, trailing only behind the USA. 22% of UK men and 23% of UK women are now classified as obese and studies have shown that the rate of child obesity has trebled in the last 20 years, with 10% of 6 year olds and 17 % of 15 year olds now obese. An increasing number of studies have shown that Stress is a major factor in weight gain and obesity, and that the serious health issues linked with severe chronic stress are identical to those linked with obesity.

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Why French Is One Of The Most Useful Languages In The World?

French is the eleventh most widely-spoken language in the world. It is the official language of 33 countries in the world and it is spoken in two of the G7 countries. 200 million people around the world understand, speak, read or write French and the language is the mother tongue of 75 million people.

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Task Management NOT Time Management

One key reason most of us have so much trouble with “time management” is that it’s called “time management” rather than “task management” or some other more accurate label. Manage time? Don’t be silly.

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Ten Ways to Foster Innovation

In order to compete effectively, we must look for new and better ways to accomplish our mission. We must find creative methods to delight our customers. And we must find innovative strategies for getting more done with fewer resources.

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Inspirational Induction – Using Coaching Principles to Engage & Generate Learning Right at the Start

When people talk of coaching, they often think of it primarily as a one to one intervention; and yet it’s wider than that. Coaching concepts are extremely versatile, offering new ways to look at established practises, helping us to generate fresh ideas and make enhancements to the way we do things right across the organisation. One example is in induction, that critical event that begins the integration of new employees.

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Sharpen Your Employees'Soft Skills For Maximum Profits

It’s a fact! Most businesses in the building and construction industry focus their staff training on the technical skills needed to do the job. And it makes sense doesn’t it? Arm your employees with the technical skills they need to perform their task and the training is done. Or is it? Are we getting the most out of our people?

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What is Stress Costing You?

Stress: Pressure, strain, or force that tends to distort a body; a factor that induces bodily or mental tension Are you one of the millions of people being negatively affected by stress? Do you know how much your stress level is costing you in terms of your physical, mental, and emotion wellness? Do you know what is stressing you and why? If not, why not? Do you know what to do about it?

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Anchoring Positivity With NLP

Want to learn how you can replicate any state that you have previously experienced? How about being able to re-experience it at will? Well now absolutely anybody can do just that, using these modern, innovative psychological techniques.

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How Can Mobile Technology Support Adult Learning?

Today, we are using our iPods, Blackberries and Mp3 players in more ways than ever before. These portable, digital devices, once primarily reserved for listening to music, taking photos, and sending and receiving quick instant messages, have now evolved into learning...

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E-Learning and Social Networking

The internet is now so embedded in our daily lives that all generations are becoming digitally fluent. This has had a massive impact on the way we acquire knowledge and elearning is on the rise across the all areas of education from school to university and workplace learning.

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What If We Brought in a Facilitator?

Is your upcoming meeting a strategic planning session? A sales or project launch? A departmental communications day? Or, perhaps, teambuilding for an intact management or project team? Whichever it is, it undoubtedly involves a significant investment.

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Do You Learn More From Success Or Failure?

New Brain research to make learning and memory easier to place into long-term memory. If you are interested in your health and longevity start to protect them now by lifelong learning. It’s important, start now.

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School kills Creativity

Thought provoking presentation by Sir Ken Robinson on why we are where we are in terms of creativity and learning  ... [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkPvSCq5ZXk[/youtube]

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Web Conferencing Tools Enabling Online Learning

The way the world communicates today has undergone a vast sea of changes thanks to technological advancements and enhanced user-friendly capabilities that Internet conferencing tools are being equipped with, web conferencing tools in particular! While earlier on, web conferencing tools came with prohibitive price tags and required a high level of technology expertise to master for using and were restricted to Internet conferencing by leading business persons and perhaps the medical fraternity.

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Five Guidelines to Get the Best From Online Learning

Globalization has made an enormous difference to the way we live and work, and I don’t just mean the impact of petrol prices on our driving habits. Communicating with someone on the other side of the world is just as easy as communicating with someone next door. People change jobs more often than before, and jobs change just as frequently.

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Examining Social Networks and Collaborative Learning

Specific instructional systems like Altered Vista are utilizing a form of filtering technique to enhance the learning experience and to bolster context-sensitive learning. Contexts, as one may expect is often lost during migration of information from one medium to another. Context loss in a broader usage is also being felt as one of the major challenges of data migration of large multinational companies.

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4 Ways For Project Managers to Build Stronger People Skills

It has been said many times that people skills are the most important to career success. However, we do see a great emphasis on “tools”, whether it is in project management frameworks, or MBA programs, or Six Sigma, or any other approaches. How can a project or program manager hone these skills, as they are so important to continued career success?

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NLP and the Law of Attraction

Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP is a method to use your thoughts and actions to achieve what you really want in life. NLP believes that you can achieve anything you want if you apply your mind to it.

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How Social Media Helps Us Learn

While many early studies on the effects of social media claimed that it hindered learning by providing distraction and promoting unhealthy computer habits, new studies are beginning to see the benefits of social networking sites. Businesses are utilizing it in the...

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Guest Blog Post

Would you like to submit a guest post on this blog?Guest posts are a fantastic way to brand yourself, generate traffic to your blog and get a free anchored text back link to your blog.I am currently welcoming guest posts on this blog from other bloggers.If you are...

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Lean Six Sigma Training Motorola Management For Everyday Use

lean six sigma training at first, the quality improvement program addressed manufacturing exclusively. Orthodox thinking at Motorola said that manufacturing was both the source of the problem and the area where the most dramatic and consequential improvements would happen.

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When You Are the Facilitator — Seven Tips for Success

The most successful retreats and/or special meetings I have been involved with have all had excellent facilitators. The job of a facilitator is to make sure that the time spent by the assembled group is worthwhile. If you have been asked to be a facilitator, you will find tips in this article that should help you succeed.

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Adult Learning Principles and Latent Music Training

Adults approach learning differently than children. While a child may accept an authority figure in the classroom imparting knowledge, the adult is not. How an adult learns is an important issue to consider while formulating music instruction.

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Interpersonal Skills in an Intercultural World

We’ve probably said it ourselves to reassure friends or family: “Just be yourself and everything will be fine.” However, if you have ever uttered that phrase to reassure a colleague, friend or family member as they embarked on their first international assignment, you were wrong. When we tell that future expatriate to just be herself what we often forget is that the notion of “being yourself” comes from a U.S. perspective and may not work in countries that operate under a completely different paradigm. So, what is a future expat to do? How can Human Resource executives prepare their assignees?

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Team Development Strategy Contributes to Success

Deliberately starting out to develop a team, rather than leaving it to chance, greatly enhances the likelihood of success. This maximises the performance improvements and results delivered. Even if a team is inherited, using a team coach with group dynamics training, skilled in assessment and team development can dramatically improve the way of working and business delieverables. This article is based on the 10 crucial steps taken to develop an international team of lawyers spread across 5 countries and included 10 nationalities.

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Eight Key Characteristics For A Strategic Planning Facilitator

Selecting a professional strategic planning facilitator is very important. Facilitation of your strategic planning process involves working with groups of people and requires that the facilitator be tuned in at all times to what is happening. The facilitator also must be able to suspend or change the direction of the process when necessary. An experienced professional facilitator used in your strategic planning process will greatly increase the probability of a successful process and strategic plan and will also enable the participants to leave with positive feelings, a stronger cohesiveness, a sense of accomplishment and a stronger team. In selecting a professional facilitator, your strategic thinking business coach suggests that you look for the following key characteristics.

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Learning Management Systems – Conducting a Needs Analysis

You are certain you need a learning management system for your organization. Something has prodded you to get going on the search for the perfect system – delivery of e-learning courses, tracking of mandatory training or a desire to have a more comprehensive education program for your employees. Where do you go from there?

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5 Tips to Communicate Effectively Under Stress in Conflict

How we interact with others and ourselves, controls our stress. A simple problem or disagreement with another person grows in our mind. What once was a minor problem, is now a major one due to poor communication and self. It isn’t meant to be like this. There are ways to control your stress and your feelings. You can completely manage your stress regardless of other people. Learn these ways to manage your stress.

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Aims, Goals & Objectives – Any difference?

Talking to a learner today, he said that his aim was to be more positive and less stressed in his job. Great, we all need a chunk of this - I asked him how he intended achieving this, had he thought about his goals and objectives? I was met with a blank stare as a...

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The Six Hats of Creative Communication

The purpose of this article is to discuss and demonstrate the use of De Bono’s Six Hats Method as a powerful and creative approach for communication. Design your communication efforts (speeches, meetings, dialogs, posters, ads, etc.) according to this model and get your message through in an original yet clear and effective way. The article itself uses the same approach and is built on the same model of the Six Hats of Communication.

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Identifying and Selling Your Soft Skills

Successful professionals must possess ‘soft’ skills in addition to their academic and technical expertise, as they are becoming increasingly sought after within most professions. This article details how you can identify and sell your own soft skills.

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Mental Models – The Second Discipline of Learning Organizations

Mental models are deeply ingrained assumptions or generalizations that influence how we understand the world and how we take action. Some other words we use for mental models are perspectives, beliefs, assumptions, and mind set, to name a few. Mental models are often the greatest barriers to implementing new ideas in organizations, but they are also the area of organizational learning where organizations can make the most significant impact.

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Setting Clear, Attainable Objectives for Success

We're here again, oh, how it has come around quickly again, the holiday season is upon us as the year has sped by at breakneck pace and we'll soon be thinking out those New Year resolutions - again.How many did you set on 31st December 2009?How many did you pursue...

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E–Learning–The Tech-Tool that Leads

In the world of continuous developments, increased competition, and the insisting demand for economic growth, the professional sector have recognized the significance of innovation that paves their way to success. This acknowledgement has indeed brought along the...

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Twitter is bad for you – I'm virtually unconvinced

The social phenomenon, that is Twitter has started to have a huge effect on both social and business use of the platform and even the way we use our time in and out of work - and phenomenon is the correct term for it. I started Twittering a few months ago - a fellow...

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Common Misconceptions of Online Learning

Let’s face it, a lot of people JUST DON’T GET IT and will always remain to be the dinosaurs of technology. But a lot of the time, online skepticism derives from common misconceptions that go unaddressed. Online learning conjures up many misconceptions amongst the barely tech-literate community.This article addresses these bogus misconceptions.

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Major Benefits of Using An Outside Professional Facilitator

Are you and your team, task force, committee, or any other working group struggling with issues and divergent viewpoints? Do you attend meetings that take up hours of your time but do not produce actionable plans at the conclusion of the meetings? I believe a majority of you answered YES to both questions.

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Why are Soft Skills of Leadership So Hard to Develop?

Leadership is the ability to motivate and influence a group toward the achievement of goals. As a manager, what is your role in motivating and retaining employees? How are you measured? What do you do? Why? What are the results? How will your employees remember you?

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Lifelong Learning – What's in it For You?

Remember dial telephones? Adding machines? Carbon paper? They’re relics of the past, proof positive that the business world we live and work in changes. At times seemingly overnight. Office tools we were satisfied using not too long ago are grossly outdated today. And – to no one’s surprise – much of the knowledge we relied on yesterday is grossly outdated today. To keep up, ya gotta step up. Ya gotta keep on learnin’!

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What is Social Media?

We know what media is, in layman’s term media is an instrument of communication such as newspaper, television or a radio. In the Internet era, a new kind of media is being introduced, this is Social Media. To simplify what social media is, this is a social instrument of communication in forms of a blog, voice and video.

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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) ?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a behavioural science that was developed in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. It is a powerful and explicit model of human experience and communication.

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Stress Management

Stress is a common, adaptive response to threat. It indicates the presence of danger, peril or risk and prepares us to take protective or proactive actions. When there is the fear of an anticipated threat one’s welfare and comfort, the human system is designed to react in such a way as to protect the body from perceived imminent danger. Such dreaded objects are normally avoided.

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Developing Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning

A new concept in the business world, knowledge management (KM) is surrounded with controversy as to what it is and with numerous definitions. Few of such definitions are as given below: “Knowledge management is the explicit and systematic management of vital knowledge and its associated processes of creating, gathering, organizing, diffusion, use and exploitation. It requires turning personal knowledge into corporate knowledge that can be widely shared throughout an organisation and appropriately applied”[1] “Knowledge management caters to the critical issues of organisational adapt ion, …

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Irony in Education – Collaborative Learning That Allows Individual Focus

Before the introduction of the concept of individualized instruction, students and learners of all ages were at the mercy of the teacher or instructor who may or may not have enough consideration to see if all the students or participants in the learning exercise are able to learn the lesson at the end of the session or class. Most instructors would not really care if one or more of the participants could not keep up with the rest of the learning group, since the instructor is basically paid to educate the group and not spend extra time making sure those designated as “slow learners” do understand the lesson before moving on.

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Seven Coaching MegaTrends Every Coach Should Be Aware Of

The coaching market is changing and it’s changing rapidly. There are a number of powerful trends sweeping through the market, and every coach should be aware of them. These are the Seven Coaching MegaTrends, and they are set to change the coaching market forever.

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Spiritual Medicine, Computers&The Brain – Rebooting The Wisdom And Spirit Of The Body And Mind

When your computer gets sick, slows down or begins to do the wrong things, the cure is usually to reboot it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that with our body and mind when we are sick, in pain, or find ourselves stuck in negative mental or emotional states? In fact, there may be a way to do just that, to reboot our body, mind and emotions to an earlier state, before we got stuck in maladaptive repetitive patterns due to stress, trauma or other conditions. This rebooting can immediately eliminate pain, difficult emotional states, and it can be an important step in the treatment of any disease or illness.

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The 5 Whys – in teams: helping teams to grow

If you work in a production or engineering domain, chances are that you use the 5 Whys in your quality or production process. It is certainly one of many useful tools for the discovery and treatment of problems in a technical or even a client-facing setting. If you...

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Strategies For Managing Change – Develop Effective Change Management Models

Managing change is a reality for all business owners. Some businesses handle change very well and are able to capitalize on synergies, cost advantages, and new markets. However many businesses struggle through change and lose staff and money in the process. Develop an effective change management plan and involve all stakeholders.

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Successful People Never Stop Learning

Successful people are outstanding performers. Outstanding performers remain outstanding performers by becoming lifelong learners. They continually expand their knowledge in order to get out in front of the pack and stay there. Begin your lifelong learning journey by focusing on your strengths and working to improve them every day. Building on your strengths is easier that overcoming your weaknesses. When you build on your strengths you can make incremental improvements. However, if you have a glaring gap in your skills, address it now. Don’t wait to take necessary quantum leaps.

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Charisma can kill off successful leaders

Ask any ten people what ingredients make up a good leader and most will tell you that it is charisma. Charisma may well be part of leadership make-up, but is it the whole story. Is charisma instinctive, inherited or learnt? Are successful leaders the best because they...

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The A To Z Of Coaching

Why get accredited? As a professional coach you want to stand for the quality of the coaching you provide – so you know the standards you work to and so you can clearly articulate what those standards are to the people you interact with in your professional role as coach – with all the discussion about what standards we are working to as an industry I think it’s critical that you have both a standard for yourself and to point your clients towards.

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Is a Blog Right For Your Business?

How do you know when a blog is right for your business? Learn why people start blogs, how they find their niche and how blogging tools can be used for more than blogs.

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Six Quick Soft Skill Tips for the Office Professional

Soft skills are intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, such as ones attitude, communication skills, time management abilities, ability to work under pressure, etc. Here are 6 quick tips to help refine an office professionals soft skills and get you thinking about how you can improve your own soft skills.

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Importing a PowerPoint to Moodle

As a Moodle user, I am really impressed by its powerful features. I can even upload a PowerPoint presentation as one lesson for learning and teaching. Actually, we have at least two options to import a PowerPoint to Moodle.

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Security Issues on Social Network Websites

Social networking websites have become a household name in today’s world. Whether it is our personal or professional life, they are a truly great way connect with friends, colleagues and establishing new relationships online. Not long ago, we used to associate the term ‘social networking’ with something which was personal and tangible. However, with the advent of the Internet, we have now become more eager to display our social networking capabilities on the web.

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Knowledge Learning – Why Learn More?

If you are not already a lifelong learner then perhaps you should consider the benefits you can accrue from the pursuit of knowledge. Learning can expand your horizons, challenge you, improve your mental agility, improve your professional prospects, expand your social circle, make you a more interesting person, and help you improve yourself.

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Four Facets of Soft Skills In Action

Soft Skills are at the core of a person’s ability to perform both in a personal and professional environment. Sharpening these four skills will help shape a person’s behavior to become better at work and in life.

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Critical and Creative Thinking – Key Factors in Business Success

In any business, critical and creative thinking are key factors in achieving success. Business owners must be flexible enough to look after the minutia and day to day tasks but also be ready to go into new areas where success can be achieved. The ability to look at products and services in new ways, see clients differently, be more playful with ideas and be more daring in general sets some companies above the rest.

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Time Management Skills – 4 Core Skills to Give You More Time

What Time Management Skills do you need to help you feel like you have more hours in the day? We believe there are 4 core time management skills you need to develop. These skills are like a foundation. There are other tools and techniques that you will use depending on your personal style and preferences.

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Ethical Issues in Workplace Coaching

Ethics are often inextricably linked to issues of confidentiality, beneficence, autonomy, justice, trust, respect and sensitivity. There is, therefore, a need, when working with people, in a coaching relationship, for a safeguard system that can guarantee that these...

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Nine Suggestions When Giving a Presentation

Once again, I attended a business presentation in which the presenter was quite knowledgeable, but the presentation was rather poor. If you want to encourage people to invest in a business, product, or service, be aware of the nine suggestions presented in this article to assure that they remain interested.

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10 Reasons why Feedback so often does not work

{EAV_BLOG_VER:2938e025bc9955ad} What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? There are many studies in leadership, organisational development, H.R. and management that prove that feedback just does not work - well it does, but...

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Building A Learning Organisation – Part 2

Learning organisations are “organisations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.” Systems thinking shows us that the essential properties of a system are not determined by the sum of its parts but by the process of interactions between those parts.

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10 Tips For Successful Facilitation – Go For Results!

Meetings can be notoriously unproductive! Break away from average results and facilitate a high-energy, fun, very successful session. Skilled managers of any size company, department or team can facilitate a productive and effective meeting, walking out with specific goals and action plans addressed and achieved. Learn 10 tips to help you facilitate more successfully.

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Facilitation Techniques For Certified Six Sigma Teams

Facilitation allows teams to arrive at an outcome for which they take the entire responsibility and are committed to achieving it. The facilitators are the catalyst to create a working and productive chemistry among the members of the project. They bring about the best results in the interests of those involved.

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Evaluating Learning and Development

How effective are the learning and development activities in your organisation? Do you know? Most organisations invest, often heavily, in learning and development activities. These are expensive, both in terms of the activities themselves and in terms of the opportunity costs of staff attendance.

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The Easy way to Learn French

Let me just say that the title is misleading, there is no easy way to learn a language - it takes, time, practice and exposure to the language and culture in an authentic setting. However, it doesn't mean that it is an impossible task nor that it isn't pleasant and...

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Soft Skills and How You Can Stand Out From the Crowd

Wikipedia defines soft skills like this: Soft skills is a sociological term for a person’s “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), which refers to the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that mark us. Interpersonal skills include: Participation in a team, Ability to teach, Service, Leading a team, Negotiation, etc.

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Cross Cultural Presentations

Giving presentations to business personnel from different cultures can be a challenge. This article offers some pointers to help business people mould their presentations to a culturally different audience to ensure they maximise their potential.

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Motivating Learners to become Lifelong Learners

What is motivation?Motivation is a desire to achieve a goal or objective, combined with the energy to work towards that goal. Learners who are motivated have a desire to undertake learning, which we could call their motivation, which cannot be seen but only inferred...

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Accelerating Organisational Learning

Formal Problem Solving techniques help to quickly extract the most relevant information regarding the cause of a problem being experienced, and also facilitates development of appropriate alternative approaches/solutions towards achieving the desired goals. One major reason why they are so effective is that the ideas generated and solutions developed get formally documented for future reference by operatives. That way whatever the organisation learns about what works or does not work in any area, is always made accessible for use by all those who have to perform various required tasks towards achieving the ultimate goal of the enterprise.

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How to Be More Organised in Your Daily Work – 11 Simple Steps

Following on from my last article about being organised in your work, here are 11 more tips for you. To get the complete article make sure you have read the other article I wrote. In there I was writing about the importance of planning your work based on importance rather than urgency. It also consist some points on working your plan and so forth.

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Starting a business in France

Starting a business anywhere is a daunting thought. Starting a business in France, where you may or may not master the language or are conversant with the many laws that govern businesses can be a complete nightmare. I started a business in France 5 years ago. After...

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Using Mind Mapping in Creative Thinking Exercises

One needs to know a few important elements if you wish to improve your creative thinking. According to psychological studies, these elements include using colors, shapes, unusual elements and dimensions. More research show that one of the best tool in promoting creative thinking is through mind maps. Mind mapping promotes imagination and creativity, flexibility and association of ideas.

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Team Building Tips For Managers

How do you get your employees to work together as a team? This is a question that many managers are asking.The bottom line for managers is getting the results needed, and if employees would work as a team instead of as individuals, getting the results would be much easier.

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5 Clear Steps to Effective Time-Management

Do you sometimes feel like you’re on a treadmill and really not making any ground? You could suffer from poor time management skills. Time management is a skill, it needs to be learned. Don’t allow yourself to waste time. Here are dozens of tips and suggestions to learn the importance of time in your business and personal life. This how to guide lays out the steps to prioritize what’s important and what’s not. Learn not to waste time being polite to chatterers and how to avoid being a fireman always spending time putting out fires

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Ten Team Building Exercises

You’ve recruited the individual members of your team. You’ve established your goal. You’ve developed a plan and a timeline. Now the trick is to get all those unique individuals working together toward the same goal. Given the varied personalities, communication skills and personal agendas individual members bring with them to the team, getting your team to work cooperatively can be a challenge.

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Employee Communication Via Social Media – Overcoming Internal Resistance

Social media tools definitely add value to employee communications. They can help build relationships, increase collaboration, improve productivity, reduce silos, and build engagement. They also offer an excellent means to share ideas and gather qualitative feedback. So why is social media sometimes so hard to implement as an internal communications tool? Are these the arguments that you are hearing?

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Life, Business Or Executive Coaching – What Are the Differences and Are You Really Getting Coaching?

Coaching is a partnership between a coach and an individual that supports the achievement of results, based on goals set by the individual. The individual chooses the focus of the ‘conversation’, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions as well as concepts and principles which can assist in generating possibilities, potential and actions. Coaching can be seen as a collaborative process in which clients discover answers for themselves through the coach’s use of questions.

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Executive Coaching – Dispelling the 13 Myths and All You Need to Know About Having a Coach

You might be considering hiring an executive coach at this time and you may be hearing mixed messages about what executive coaching is or isn’t. There are many myths surrounding this subject that I hear almost on a daily basis. As a result I have written this article so that the distorted, deleted and generalised information can be cleaned up and replaced with more accurate and representative data. This will allow you as the executive or HR professional to be able to make a more informed and appropriate decision about whether to invest your time and money in a programme of executive coaching.

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Are Some Problems Too Small For Six Sigma?

Six Sigma training provides so many valuable tools for discovering the weaknesses, or downright broken aspects of a process. It also works on systems that appear to work well, but is a vital tool for finding more efficiency or for working out how to add a new aspect to a system. When applied correctly, you are confident that you understand the process and that you can adjust it as needed with the Six Sigma teachings.

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What is a Trainer? What is a Facilitator?

Confused by these titles? Corporations calling their trainers “facilitators” can be engaged in a thoughtless “bait-and-switch” game. It’s importnat to clarify terms and roles. This article will help.

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Finding Meaningful Work Starts With Self Awareness

Self Awareness is the first step in finding meaningful work. You must know your strengths, values and talents. More than that however you must be aware of your thoughts and how they affect the work that you do. Only by keeping your thoughts focused on the result you want will you begin to the journey toward meaningful work.

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Moodle – Online Learning

With the various innovations in communications networks hitting the world, it is interesting to note that the traditional means of imparting knowledge in schools and colleges or institutes of higher education have also been impacted to a considerable extent. This new method of learning which has been introduced is popularly referred to as e-learning or online learning. Increased used of the internet and various forms of multimedia technology has facilitated the growth of online learning and it is estimated that currently the online education industry is worth about 38 billion euros approximately.

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Excellence in a Learning Solution – Learning Strategy

An excellent learning solution is not one which is the perfect solution in an ideal world; it is one which meets the business need and delivers the results – within the given parameters. There are six areas which I believe are critical to achieving excellence in a learning solution.

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E Learning – If it doesn't work, just press continue …

E-Learning by definition of it's flexibility and ease of access, is seen as a major enabler for lifelong learning in the 21st century especially among SMEs, which account for around 99% of all businesses and employ over 70 million in Europe alone.E-Learning is surely...

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Emotional Intelligence Decreases Workplace Stress – Useful Tips

Emotional intelligence is an attractive concept that people want to know and understand. More importantly, in terms of stress management and workplace stress, understanding and being able to build emotional intelligence should make people’s work lives more satisfying and less stressful. Here are some useful tips.

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Basic Coaching Skills – 13 Important Skills For Successful Coaching

With the influx of folks becoming coaches it’s important for those interested in not only becoming a coach but also those interested in using a coach to know what skills are important for the prospective coach to have. A lot of people call themselves coaches when in fact they take on more of a consulting role with their clients. True coaching includes these skills: Design an Alliance – the coach works with the client so the client can design their alliance to the work.

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Giving and Accepting Effective, Constructive Feedback

Yeah, we all know about it - the trouble with most feedback is that it is often unwelcome, badly timed, badly targeted and almost impossible to react to in any positive way, apart from swallowing hard and getting on with things. In training circles, it is often said...

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After Action Reviews in Self-Managed Learning

Teaching, in my opinion, as I have mentioned in numerous blog posts has a very limited efficacy rating and is almost ineffective and inefficace in an adult learning setting. Adult learners - that is, those that take learning in any way serious cannot be stimulated to...

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You Cannot, Not communicate!

Oh, how true this statement is, but so often misunderstood, and one of the pre-suppositions of NLP. People often, mistakingly, imagine, that by doing nothing, they can avoid personal responsibility in communication, but, I am sorry to say, this just ain't true. Humans...

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Dealing with Ethical Issues in Workplace Coaching

  Ethics are often inextricably linked to issues of confidentiality, beneficence, autonomy, justice, trust, respect and sensitivity. There is, therefore, a need, when working with people, in a coaching relationship, for a safeguard system that can guarantee that...

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Urban Myths about Stress and Time Management

Time management is a problem of the past Today, I did a quick search on Amazon for "Time management" which turned up 95,906 results! A similar Google search yielded  a staggering 240,000,000 results. What can we learn from this? Well to start with, the sheer volume of...

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Social Media and the Herd Instinct

Have you ever noticed the way that some websites attract hordes of visitors and others, which do not seem that different, have just a sprinkling of visitors for no apparent reason? I guess the same can be said for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter -...

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Should we be afraid of Twitter?

  I should say at the outset that what I am writing about here has been echoed elsewhere in varying degrees. One of the biggest hazards in communication, especially in written communication, is working on the assumption that others have understood the message we...

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5 Things I Hate About Presentations

I am surely not the only one in the world that gets irritated by some of the things that people do when giving presentations. Some of these things that some, OK, I'll be honest, a lot, of presenters do,  just totally turn me off and make me count, the seemingly...

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Dealing with Difficult People at Work – 10 Tips

Conflict caused by the inability to manage difficult people at work can waste huge amounts of time, energy and productivity and can lead to long-term effects on the organisation. Difficult people or rather, difficult behaviours can come in all sizes and forms, from...

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15 Reasons why Team-Building Fails so often

The thing with team-building is that it is one of those subjects that is so ambiguous, meaning so many different things to so many different people that it is often hard to get a handle on what it actually means. To some it means those activities that are rolled out...

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Should Follow Fridays be banned on Twitter?

To #FF or not to #FF, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the Tweets and Retweets of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of #FFs, and by opposing, end them? to Tweet: to #FF; No more; and by an #FF to say we end The heartache...

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Ten reasons Why E-Learning doesn't work

  Reading the title you may have been put off to read this post, especially if you are in any way involved in E Learning, so I'll just iron things out here. These are reasons why E Learning doesn't work in organisations when it is implemented or used badly - OK,...

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Lifelong Learning – Lessons from a Seagull

I guess most have heard of the seminal books by Richard Bach, notably a story of a gull, called Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. If you haven't, then there is still time, it is an allegory, almost a parable for learning and especially for lifelong learning. I won't speak...

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