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Bullet points are great – don’t believe the hype

Bullet points are great – don’t believe the hype

Bullet points are great - don't believe the hype If you have been using bullet points, or indeed if your Powerpoint or Keynote slides are still riddled with bullet points please read on. Bullet points are one of my pet hates on Powerpoint or Keynote slides and I am...

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Make your presentation memorable

Make your presentation memorable

Make your presentation memorable As we all know, presentations are all about common sense, so all I am doing here is putting into writing what everybody already knows, but what very few of us actually do. If you ever wonder what information your audience will take...

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10 mistakes that most presenters make and how to avoid them

10 mistakes that most presenters make and how to avoid them

If you are in the working world, or even if you haven’t yet taken that step, you will probably be aware of the importance of presentation skills in professional life. Like, it’s obvious, isn’t it ? It is one of, if not, the most important soft skills in life and in...

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Cross-Cultural Presentations

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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Death by Powerpoint – Are you guilty?

Death by Powerpoint – Are you guilty?

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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12 Language learning resolutions

12 Language learning resolutions

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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When 3 meters becomes just too far

When 3 meters becomes just too far

I was speaking to a client today about the curious case of social media and how his business could really do with thinking about it seriously - cue the sideways glances and skeptical looks. Why do people get so afraid of something that is destined to become an...

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

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

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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The problem with social learning is in the word

The problem with social learning is in the word

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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If you are feeling down – Get Inspired!

If you are feeling down – Get Inspired!

  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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How do you know when coaching works?

How do you know when coaching works?

I was speaking to a client today about the curious case of social media and how his business could really do with thinking about it seriously - cue the sideways glances and skeptical looks. Why do people get so afraid of something that is destined to become an...

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Social Media Can’t Kill Email … Can it?

Social Media Can’t Kill Email … Can it?

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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25 Ways to Improve your Twitter Experience

25 Ways to Improve your Twitter Experience

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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Knowledge is no longer Power

Knowledge is no longer Power

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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How do you know if you are getting Coaching?

How do you know if you are getting Coaching?

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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Social Media & Business – The Wisdom of the Profits

Social Media & Business – The Wisdom of the Profits

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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There is More to Listening than You May have Heard!

There is More to Listening than You May have Heard!

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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Social Media and business – is the Customer King again!

Social Media and business – is the Customer King again!

Working in a service industry or in a customer-facing role can be quite stressful, especially when problems arrive with a client. In fact, what we are going to talk about here, can be used in almost any situation in work life, or just in life, period. Like most...

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Why traditional education hates social learning

Why traditional education hates social learning

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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Oxymorons and pleonasms – our very own virtual realities

Oxymorons and pleonasms – our very own virtual realities

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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Leveraging Learning from Annual Appraisals

Leveraging Learning from Annual Appraisals

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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Coaching the Alpha Male

Coaching the Alpha Male

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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Tips for Confident and Effective Presentations

Tips for Confident and Effective Presentations

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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Presentation Skills – Preparation part 2

Presentation Skills – Preparation part 2

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

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

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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Presentation Skill – Preparation – Part 1

Presentation Skill – Preparation – Part 1

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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The Life of a Hashtag – Toulouse

The Life of a Hashtag – Toulouse

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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There’s no point fighting stress – Manage it!

There’s no point fighting stress – Manage it!

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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Learning 3.0 Are we up to the challenge?

Learning 3.0 Are we up to the challenge?

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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Lifelong Learning

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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Even Negative People have Positive Intentions

Even Negative People have Positive Intentions

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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An Introduction to Leadership Skills

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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Mind Mapping The Perfect Project Plan

Duration - 2 days Course Objectives After participating in this course, learners will learn : An Introduction to Leadership What qualities does a leader need? What does a leader do? Definition of a Leader Achievement through People The Task and the Team The Leadership...

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Language is What Makes Humans Unique

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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TwitBusiness Project

Duration - 2 days Course Objectives After participating in this course, learners will learn : An Introduction to Leadership What qualities does a leader need? What does a leader do? Definition of a Leader Achievement through People The Task and the Team The Leadership...

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Language as a Window into Human Nature

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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25 Tips to Motivate People in Your Organisation

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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Practical NLP – Being effective in The Workplace

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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Developing Team Skills Through Delegation

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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Learning to Listen – One of the hard Soft Skills

  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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Group Coaching – Transforming Groups into Teams

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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Calculating ROI of e-learning

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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10 Reasons Why Training Fails So Often

I was speaking with a French woman this morning who said that she is terrified to speak English as, in her words,  "I have a bad accent." We then spoke about this and it turns out that she was told this by her teachers in school, which is not uncommon here in France,...

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Effective Negotiating Skills

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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Interpersonal Skills

Working in a service industry or in a customer-facing role can be quite stressful, especially when problems arrive with a client. In fact, what we are going to talk about here, can be used in almost any situation in work life, or just in life, period. Like most...

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Why Soft Skills of Leadership Are So Hard to Develop

Duration - 1 day Course Objectives After participating in this course, learners will be able to: Carry out an interpersonal skills audit. Discuss the different communication styles. Practise listening and questioning skills Manage body language and the voice. Look at...

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Who am I? Raising Self Concept and Self Esteem

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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10 Steps to Implementing 360° Feedback as a Powerful Learning tool

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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Communicating and Influencing Skills

Working in a service industry or in a customer-facing role can be quite stressful, especially when problems arrive with a client. In fact, what we are going to talk about here, can be used in almost any situation in work life, or just in life, period. Like most...

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Shortcuts to language learning … dream on

Duration - 1 day Course Objectives   Introduction Assertiveness vs. Passive & Aggressive behaviour Beliefs Body Language and Tone of Voice Verbal Structure Assertiveness skills Communication Styles Improving communication effectiveness Handling difficult...

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Is your accent important in the workplace?

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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Managing Stress and Priorities

If you are in the working world, or even if you haven’t yet taken that step, you will probably be aware of the importance of presentation skills in professional life. Like, it’s obvious, isn’t it ? It is one of, if not, the most important soft skills in life and in...

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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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Stephen Covey – Big Rocks, Managing Priorities

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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What is Coaching Anyway?

Working in a service industry or in a customer-facing role can be quite stressful, especially when problems arrive with a client. In fact, what we are going to talk about here, can be used in almost any situation in work life, or just in life, period. Like most...

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The Advantages of Learning French in France

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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Effective Presentation Skills

The strength of positive self motivation to make you a real winner in the game of life. Take a moment to consider some of these real action steps you can take towards improving your over all personal development.
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Stress Management Strategies

Duration - 1 day Course Objectives   Introduction Assertiveness vs. Passive & Aggressive behaviour Beliefs Body Language and Tone of Voice Verbal Structure Assertiveness skills Communication Styles Improving communication effectiveness Handling difficult...

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Stress – Understand, Recognize, and Manage It

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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Intercultural Communication and Awareness

It seems that, no matter what topic I train in, the one big issue with learners that I encounter on a daily basis are questions of confidence, which can be manifested in a number of ways, notably, impatience, frustration and sometimes by mild aggression. Without...

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

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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Deep and Surface Learning

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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Conflict Resolution in 12 Simple Steps

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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Cultural Differences – Perception of Time

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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Change Management Or Transition Management?

In essence, the facilitator guide is the recipe or operating instructions for the activity. Some facilitator guides offer step-by-step instructions and scripts, others are more bare bones, it depends upon the need and comfort level of the SME.
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Twitter – An Overview

It seems that, no matter what topic I train in, the one big issue with learners that I encounter on a daily basis are questions of confidence, which can be manifested in a number of ways, notably, impatience, frustration and sometimes by mild aggression. Without...

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Making Meetings Mean Something Through Facilitation Training

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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Social Media in Plain English

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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Cause and Effect in NLP

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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Signs and Symptoms, Causes of Stress

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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How To Execute A Team Mission Statement

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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Talk Yourself Out of Stress

The strength of positive self motivation to make you a real winner in the game of life. Take a moment to consider some of these real action steps you can take towards improving your over all personal development.
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The Anti Time-Management Approach to Time Management

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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Download our 540 page Blog book – NOW!!

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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Clear Thinking About Stress

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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21 Tips for ultra-productive meetings

There are many types of team building interventions and like a carpenter, you need to select the right tool for the job. However, before you begin building "the perfect team," you may wish to ask yourself a series of questions.
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Can You Train Your Memory to Retain 100 Percent?

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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7 Leading Causes of Stress

Effective leadership is a critical factor in the success of every organization. Learn the skills necessary for facilitative leadership to transform your organization and the bottom line.
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Improving Listening Skills in Language Learning

There are many types of team building interventions and like a carpenter, you need to select the right tool for the job. However, before you begin building "the perfect team," you may wish to ask yourself a series of questions.
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When Sight and Memory are Superimposed

Effective leadership is a critical factor in the success of every organization. Learn the skills necessary for facilitative leadership to transform your organization and the bottom line.
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12 Reasons Why Coaching Does Not Work

There are many types of team building interventions and like a carpenter, you need to select the right tool for the job. However, before you begin building "the perfect team," you may wish to ask yourself a series of questions.
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Constructivism in (Language) Learning

Effective leadership is a critical factor in the success of every organization. Learn the skills necessary for facilitative leadership to transform your organization and the bottom line.
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How To Learn Great Management from Our Kids

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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Learning Using Moodle – Open Source Course Management System

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

Effective leadership is a critical factor in the success of every organization. Learn the skills necessary for facilitative leadership to transform your organization and the bottom line.
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Want to be successful? – Just Focus!

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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Making the Simple Complicated – An Engineer's recipe

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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Rethinking Online Learning

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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The Winning Attitude of a Positive Self Image

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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Life Long Learning – The Quest For Knowledge, Or the Stimulation of Growth?

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

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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Understanding Stress and Managing It

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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SAM – The Three-Part Process of Social Media Marketing

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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Assertiveness and Interpersonal Skills

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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The French have voted themselves the most pessimistic nation on Earth

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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4 Stages of Twitter SeeSaw

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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Keeping The Pace – Powerful Time Management Skills

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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Why Soft Skills?

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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Social networking netiquette

"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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The Corporate Blogging Alphabet

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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Using an IDEAL problem-solving framework

"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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Twitter in Plain English

"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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Managers Coaching in the Workplace

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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Building A Learning Organisation

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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Identify Your Stress Triggers

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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20 tips for Job Seekers

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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Change Management – The ITIL Way

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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Perfect your Presentations with Mind Mapping

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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Ten Points on Poor Podium Use by Presenters

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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Learn Your Learning Style

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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Coaching Defined

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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Group Dynamics – Facilitation For Requirements Elicitation

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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Teaching is a thoroughly overrated Practice

Teaching is a thoroughly overrated Practice

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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Male / Female Communication Issues

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

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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Simple Tricks to Make Your Site More Social Media Ready

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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7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter

Once thought to be a passing fad, and although still relatively new, social media is now taking a firm hold and warrants attention in many retailers' online marketing efforts. You can't avoid it.
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Time Management Vs Energy Management

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

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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Employers just don't get E-Learning

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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The Mind Map as a Creative Thinking Mechanism

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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Team Member Coached Teams

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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Stress and Stress Management

Once thought to be a passing fad, and although still relatively new, social media is now taking a firm hold and warrants attention in many retailers' online marketing efforts. You can't avoid it.
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Why Are Soft Skills Important?

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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4 Stages of Cross Cultural Integration

Once thought to be a passing fad, and although still relatively new, social media is now taking a firm hold and warrants attention in many retailers' online marketing efforts. You can't avoid it.
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E-Learning I – The Threat

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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A Second Life For Educators

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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Does Your Culture Support or Sabotage Your Strategy?

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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Learning Is A Lifelong Habit

"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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An NLP Technique to Overcome Presentation Nerves and Stress

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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The Top Ten Myths And Realities About Business Coaching

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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Mind Mapping – Virtual Brainstorming

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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Learning to Run the Lean Marathon in Organisations

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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The Four Cornerstones Of NLP

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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Working with Foreign Cultures

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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Active Inertia – Management hitting the change brakes

"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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The Fundamentals of a Coaching Session – Preparation is the Game Plan For Developing Talent

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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Twitter is bad for you !

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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How to Select a Facilitator

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

"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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What is the Point of Learning to Learn?

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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How Coaching Works

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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All Learning is Social Learning

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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Manage Stress – And Reclaim Your Life (Part 1)

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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Going Beyond HTML

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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Learning How To Manage Stress In a Chaotic World

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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How Social Network Marketing Will Impact Our Lives

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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Can NLP Help Or Harm Your Business?

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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Soft Skills, Hard Results

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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Dealing with Workplace Stress

  Do you ever feel that you have too much on your plate? That you can't get through all the jobs and tasks at work in a day? Do you take work home or work at weekends? Is there an actual or impending threat to your work-life balance due to the amount of work and...

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Screencasts – Effective Technology Training in Enterprises

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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What's the Difference Between Training and Facilitation?

  Do you ever feel that you have too much on your plate? That you can't get through all the jobs and tasks at work in a day? Do you take work home or work at weekends? Is there an actual or impending threat to your work-life balance due to the amount of work and...

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How Unseen Stress Affects Body Functions

We had the rapid technology development but we also met the serious financial crisis in 2008. Quality but low cost training must be provided to enterprises. The task-oriented screencast presentation is a good solution for technology training in enterprise.
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A Brief Look at Adult Learning

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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How To Combine Being A Manager And A Coach

It is vital to our well being to have goals in life. Conquering general dissatisfaction can seem difficult at times. However, setbacks are an important part of growth and development. Learning to deal with setbacks can only help to make you a stronger person.
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How Much Stress is Too Much Stress?

The difference between training and facilitation is often debated, since there are similarities. Are you clear about the differences though? Can you choose when to be one or the other? Discover the differences.
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The Magic and Mystery of Teams

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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Online Learning – An Effective Way of Getting Educated?

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

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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20 Sure Fire Ways to Fail in Giving Presentations

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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Promote Your Business by Providing Content

Knowing the basics about "Transactional Analysis" will give you a better understanding of why people communicate in a certain way. For example, why they feel the need to be aggressive or manipulative to get their point across when they are unhappy about something.
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Time Management Tips – How to Manage Your Time Effectively

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

It is vital to our well being to have goals in life. Conquering general dissatisfaction can seem difficult at times. However, setbacks are an important part of growth and development. Learning to deal with setbacks can only help to make you a stronger person.
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Learn the French Language

How difficult is it to be a manager and a coach to the same group of people? Can a manager be a coach at all or is it best to hire in an external provider? The article examines the issues.
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What is Culture?

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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Aligning Corporate Teams

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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Why Humans Can Learn Almost Anything

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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Lifelong Learning – What's in it For You?

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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Learning and Development Trends

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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Ten Ways to a Greater ROI on Professional Coaching

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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Change Management&Transition Management

It would be logical to assume that any personal development work we do would help us manage our stress, rather than cause more of it. In reality, however, this isnt always the case, and this article covers why this can be, as well as what to do about it.
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A New Approach To Team Coaching And Facilitating

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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Training – How Adults Learn Differently From Kids

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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How Twitter is Destroying Your Mind

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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Detecting Signs of Stress

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

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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Life is too short not be a Lifelong Learner!

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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TOP TEN TIME WASTERS

TOP TEN TIME WASTERS

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

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

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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Team Building and Multiple Intelligences

"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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Dad, what is Twitter?

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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Six Steps to Increase your Team Building Success

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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Some of The Risks of Written Communication + 20 Tips for Twitter Users

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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Invest in Your Interpersonal Skills

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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Public Speaking – dealing with your greatest fears

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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Creative Thinking Mastery – 5 Steps To Fearless Creative Thinking

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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How NOT to Learn a Foreign Language

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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Is Twitter Useful For Vision Mapping

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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Managing Emotions: Begin with Self-Awareness and Self-Management

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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10 Deadly Presentation Pitfalls to Avoid

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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Business Leaders and Soft Skills Training?

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

Communication, whether in business or socially is undergoing changes away from face-to-face communication and more and more towards written communication. This can be seen in everyday communication where e-mail is the stock medium for everyday communication in...

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Seven Change Management Issues

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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Psychological Advice For Managing Stress – 10 Tips

It would be logical to assume that any personal development work we do would help us manage our stress, rather than cause more of it. In reality, however, this isnt always the case, and this article covers why this can be, as well as what to do about it.
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The 6 Stages of Learning

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

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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Business Success Tip – Never Stop Learning

Communication Key Skills: This document outlines some of the pitfalls and bear traps that litter our everyday Business Communication Issues. Together with some useful approaches to Effective Communication.
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The Art of Self Awareness

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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5 Critical Characteristics To Demand From Your Blogging Software.. Does Yours Do These?

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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Knowledge Management – Lessons Learned and How To Identify Them

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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The Benefits of Lifelong Learning and Discovery

'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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Lifelong Learning – How Relevant is it to My Career?

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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Employees Fail to Develop Enthusiasm in Online Learning

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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Are You Letting This Faux Pas Happen in Your Meetings?

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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Invest in Yourself – Broaden Your Skill Set

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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The Psychology of Culture

'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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Discover the Right Way to Leverage Social Media

It would be logical to assume that any personal development work we do would help us manage our stress, rather than cause more of it. In reality, however, this isnt always the case, and this article covers why this can be, as well as what to do about it.
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Lifelong Learning – Shackles, Regret and Opportunity

It is vital to our well being to have goals in life. Conquering general dissatisfaction can seem difficult at times. However, setbacks are an important part of growth and development. Learning to deal with setbacks can only help to make you a stronger person.
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The Secret to Having a Powerful Memory

Career and life choices are often limited by poverty, race, culture, demographics and misplaced emotion or advice. Do not despair though. Learning is lifelong and life is brimming with opportunity for change and stimulation.
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We are all natural-born language learning experts!

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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What is Facilitation?

'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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Does Memory Reside Inside the Brain?

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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Styles of Learning

Do you lead by minority or majority? Find out how to lead meetings so they are more productive for all members involved.
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Understanding Children's Learning Style

'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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Stress and Keeping a Stress Diary

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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Time Management Tips for Managers

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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Closing the Distance in Distance Learning

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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Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking in a Global Education Setting

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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Building A Learning Organisation – Part 3

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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Roleplaying and Social Learning

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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Moodle – The pick of Open Source LMS

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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Facilitative Leadership – The"Easy Way"

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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Cross Cultural Solutions for International Business

Very often leaders and managers have a lot on their mind so I designed the BRAIN DUMP exercise to help them. Effective stress management starts with healthy thinking so give the exercise a go and see how effective if is at helping you.
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10 Tips for a Magnificent Memory

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

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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Time Management Tip – Do You Lead by Crisis Management?

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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100 Ways to Say Well-done

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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How To Perfect Your Soft Skills

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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Eight Barriers to Critical Thinking

We are in a "credit crunch". Times are hard. It isn't the first time; and it won't be the last. People tighten their belts and do their best to weather the storm, and businesses focus an even more critical eye on their spending.
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Lifelong Learning Keeps Your Brain Working

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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Change Management and Goal Setting For Effective Teams

Today, Internet makes this dream come true. Yes, Internet plays the key role for a profound revolution through the concept of On-Line Education. Interactive Learning Guide is delivered online through a Web-Based learning system. This is obviously delivered over the Internet.
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Lifelong Learning Success Factors – 5 Tips to Put to Work Today

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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Learner Autonomy – Don't leave me stranded!

NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming, that magic word what does it conjure up? For many NLP practitioners its technology for the 21st Century, called "The study of human excellence", but is it really all its cracked up to be?
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Useful Tips For Improving Your Memory

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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Overcoming Presentation Paranoia

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

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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Children Coping With Stress – Tips For Parents

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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Developing Critical Thinking

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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The Social Media Shift

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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Can NLP Hurt Your Relationships?

Master creative thinking. Pratice these 5 easy steps to release your brilliance for creative thinking, fearless idea-generation and jaw-dropping innovation. You ARE creative!
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NLP Modeling

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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YOU! Are a Natural-Born Language Learner

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

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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10 Simple Steps to Happiness

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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6 Great Ways To Improve Your Social Skills

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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Ten Benefits of Facilitation

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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Twitter – Cowboys and Angels

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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Learning is Change – Change is Learning

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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Improve Your Memory by Arousing Your State of Mind

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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Top Ten Things About Strategic Business Thinking

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

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

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

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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Six Limiting Bad Habits

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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Speaking Strategies for Second Language 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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The Effects of Background Music on Learning

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

Looking for a quick and easy way to master a new language? Many methods now promise almost miraculous results - but are they for real? One such technique is the linkword system that claims to teach you hundreds of new words in a very short time. Just how effective is it?
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Task Management NOT Time Management

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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Ten Ways to Foster Innovation

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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Sharpen Your Employees'Soft Skills For Maximum Profits

Looking for a quick and easy way to master a new language? Many methods now promise almost miraculous results - but are they for real? One such technique is the linkword system that claims to teach you hundreds of new words in a very short time. Just how effective is it?
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What is Stress Costing You?

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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Professors – Using Student-Driven Learning Methods – Cooperative-Collaborative Learning – Part 2

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

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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How Can Mobile Technology Support Adult Learning?

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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E-Learning and Social Networking

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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Overcoming Mountainous Problems With Creative Thinking

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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What If We Brought in a Facilitator?

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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Do You Learn More From Success Or Failure?

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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School kills Creativity

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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Web Conferencing Tools Enabling Online Learning

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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Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

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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10 Top Change Management Skills For Managers

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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Workplace Wellness – Impact of Workplace Stress

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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Five Guidelines to Get the Best From Online Learning

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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Examining Social Networks and Collaborative Learning

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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4 Ways For Project Managers to Build Stronger People Skills

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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The Actor's Way – How to Become an Effective Facilitator

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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Developing Your Self-Awareness

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

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 Social Media Helps Us Learn

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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Lean Six Sigma Training Motorola Management For Everyday Use

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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Putting an Oomph Into Your Presentation

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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Adult Learning Principles and Latent Music Training

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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Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) – A Brief Introduction

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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Eight Key Characteristics For A Strategic Planning Facilitator

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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5 Tips to Communicate Effectively Under Stress in Conflict

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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The Six Hats of Creative Communication

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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Identifying and Selling Your Soft Skills

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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Mental Models – The Second Discipline of Learning Organizations

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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Learning Frameworks – Why Your Organisation Needs One

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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E–Learning–The Tech-Tool that Leads

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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Dealing with Mistakes in Language Learning

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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Common Misconceptions of Online Learning

Learning is defined as the "process by which experience or practice results in a relatively permanent change in behaviour or potential behaviour". In practical terms we can suggest that learning happens when the learner:-
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Advice On Developing A Photographic Memory

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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Lifelong Learning – What's in it For You?

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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What is Social Media?

Using Twitter for your business can be simplified and made more effective with these Twitter applications. These are considered to the top 25 Twitter apps available to help save time and make business fun.
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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) ?

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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Stress Management

Using Twitter for your business can be simplified and made more effective with these Twitter applications. These are considered to the top 25 Twitter apps available to help save time and make business fun.
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The Power of Effective Coaching Skills

Today's workplace is being affected by significant changes like less job security, rapid advancements in technology, and growing skill obsolescence. It is to your advantage to position yourself as a lifelong learner for long-term "employability" and continuing business success with continuous learning.
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Are You A Good Facilitator?

Using Twitter for your business can be simplified and made more effective with these Twitter applications. These are considered to the top 25 Twitter apps available to help save time and make business fun.
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The 5 Whys – in teams: helping teams to grow

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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Memory and Learning – Just How Does it All Work?

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

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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Charisma can kill off successful leaders

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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In Social Media Mistakes Will Happen – Plan For It

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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The A To Z Of Coaching

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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Is a Blog Right For Your Business?

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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Six Quick Soft Skill Tips for the Office Professional

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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Ideas for Team Building – Building an Effective Team

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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Importing a PowerPoint to Moodle

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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Security Issues on Social Network Websites

Using Twitter for your business can be simplified and made more effective with these Twitter applications. These are considered to the top 25 Twitter apps available to help save time and make business fun.
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Knowledge Learning – Why Learn More?

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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Ethical Issues in Workplace Coaching

This is a pilot project that I am undertaking with a client so the presentation is not at an end yet and, therefore not fully honed.There are many objections to get over and these will be addressed in the final draft of the presentation. PLEASE comment and give your...

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Nine Suggestions When Giving a Presentation

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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10 Reasons why Feedback so often does not work

This is a pilot project that I am undertaking with a client so the presentation is not at an end yet and, therefore not fully honed.There are many objections to get over and these will be addressed in the final draft of the presentation. PLEASE comment and give your...

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Building A Learning Organisation – Part 2

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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10 Tips For Successful Facilitation – Go For Results!

This is a pilot project that I am undertaking with a client so the presentation is not at an end yet and, therefore not fully honed.There are many objections to get over and these will be addressed in the final draft of the presentation. PLEASE comment and give your...

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Facilitation Techniques For Certified Six Sigma Teams

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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Time Management For Managers – 10 Quick Tips

This is a pilot project that I am undertaking with a client so the presentation is not at an end yet and, therefore not fully honed.There are many objections to get over and these will be addressed in the final draft of the presentation. PLEASE comment and give your...

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Evaluating Learning and Development

This articles outlines some steps managers can take to improve their time management skills. Efficient time management can significantly increase a managers effectiveness.
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The Easy way to Learn French

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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Soft Skills and How You Can Stand Out From the Crowd

This is a pilot project that I am undertaking with a client so the presentation is not at an end yet and, therefore not fully honed.There are many objections to get over and these will be addressed in the final draft of the presentation. PLEASE comment and give your...

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Cross Cultural Presentations

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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Accelerating Organisational Learning

Using Twitter for your business can be simplified and made more effective with these Twitter applications. These are considered to the top 25 Twitter apps available to help save time and make business fun.
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Starting a business in France

Is it a mere coincidence that most successful people tend to be more organised and disciplined than most people? I think not. Everyone regardless of goals and background, can learn to be more organised. It is far more fun being organized, than we care to admit.
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Using Mind Mapping in Creative Thinking Exercises

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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Write a Guest Blog Post

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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Team Building Tips For Managers

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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Improve Your Self Awareness For Personal Growth

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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5 Clear Steps to Effective Time-Management

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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How Coaching and Mentoring Works: The Benefits of Using a Coach or Mentor

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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Ten Team Building Exercises

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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Employee Communication Via Social Media – Overcoming Internal Resistance

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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Are Some Problems Too Small For Six Sigma?

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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What is a Trainer? What is a Facilitator?

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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Finding Meaningful Work Starts With Self Awareness

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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Moodle – Online Learning

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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Excellence in a Learning Solution – Learning Strategy

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

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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Emotional Intelligence Decreases Workplace Stress – Useful Tips

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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Social Aspects of Online Learning

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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Basic Coaching Skills – 13 Important Skills For Successful Coaching

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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Giving and Accepting Effective, Constructive Feedback

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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After Action Reviews in Self-Managed Learning

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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You Cannot, Not communicate!

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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Dealing with Ethical Issues in Workplace Coaching

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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Urban Myths about Stress and Time Management

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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Management avoiding questions from staff

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

A lighthearted look at the way a manager side-steps questions from his angry staff. Sound like someone you know? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8VAJSXsIFo[/youtube]

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Should we be afraid of Twitter?

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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5 Things I Hate About 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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Dealing with Difficult People at Work – 10 Tips

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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15 Reasons why Team-Building Fails so often

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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Should Follow Fridays be banned on Twitter?

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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Ten reasons Why E-Learning doesn't work

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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Lifelong Learning – Lessons from a Seagull

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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