Category Archives: learning

Time to tackle your Inbox!

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Going from good to great

These are tough times to be in the learning industry.  Budgets are tight, time is precious, and the competition is fierce.  Independent learning providers need to stand out in order to thrive – but many don’t plan for excellence, and struggle to become key learning partners to their clients.  When I started out as a freelance trainer several, well actually more than several (!), years ago, productivity training was my speciality, along with what felt like everyone else in Read More...

Would you let the lollipop lady fix your car?

I am annoyed.  It’s official.  Let me try and explain why. In my day to day existence as an accredited learning provider, I come across the following statements/opinions from freelance training newbies on a frequent basis: I am a social media expert/twitter guru/linked in (insert any other application name here) demi god No, I am not qualified, but it doesn’t matter Anyone can deliver training..... I’m going to post up some ‘training’ on my website - please share it for me I Read More...

Knowing when to stop – why learning is hard work

There is often a disconnect between the L&D contact that you work with as a learning provider and the delegates that you provide learning to.  This is not neccessarily a bad thing, but it can lead to some misunderstandings that can cause problems in the classroom. Delegate expectations are also part of the mix that as a learning provider you need to try and manage. Quite often, the timings of a course, particularly if it is a productivity course like Excel Read More...

Are you afraid of spiders?

Learning needs analysis – why bother? If you are looking to really give your clients a good return on their learning investment, you need to be sure that you are giving them what they need, as opposed to what they think they need. Perceived and actual skills are often very, very different.  The classic example is the daily Excel user who carries out a few tasks every day, but never creates a calculation or a formula.  To put this user directly Read More...

5 questions you should ask in response to each new learning request

I am always staggered at the number of new client requests I take each week where there is very little, if any, information forthcoming about what the learning is for. Your learning provider is there to help - to make sure that they provide the best solution, not just taking a standard course off the shelf as an order filler (if this is what your learning provider does, then you know what you need to do....). So - here are the Read More...
Conceptual classroom series

Waving your wand about – it’s not all Quidditch you know…

Trainers are asked to be the wearers of many hats when they are asked to deliver learning - they need to be an excellent presenter, a great facilitator, superb communicator, time manager &, of course, a subject matter expert. They are also, often, asked to be magicians. Any learning programme is designed to be delivered over a particular timescale - this is carefully thought out and mapped to ensure that the content is delivered in a logical process, with sufficient time Read More...

Keeping it real, no – really!

This time last week I was at The Networking Retreat run by Stef Thomas. I'd booked my place pretty much as soon as Stef released the dates - I knew I needed to invest some time & energy into my networking - much as I love it, I felt I was in a rut - no new prospects coming in, no clear vision of a way forward that would be beneficial to my business. So, no pressure then Stef - off Read More...