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The Number One Mistake When Presenting

As presenters, we make many mistakes but do you know what the number one mistake is? It is not tailoring our presentation to our audience. Sounds so simple, doesn't it? Then why don't we do it? I believe it comes down to one thing....

My Business is to Train

My favourite thing in the world is to train. My second favourite thing is to train others to train....and to do it well. I have been told anyone can be a trainer. These words make me...

Picking a Course Topic

Picking a course topic is hard at times. You are brilliant at what you do and you want to share what you know with others. You have numerous topics swarming in your head that you could possibly create a course from. They all sound good to you so where do you start? The first step is to...

25 Ways to Learn Something New this Summer

I love summer. Why? For one thing,  I love the fact that I can be outside on my patio as I write this. My life is less scheduled and I have more time to play. I get to explore more and with it comes a chance to learn a little.

Don’t Discount Live Events

So much of our life is online. We have tethered ourselves to our laptops or phones for just about everything. Including where we learn. However, I was reminded yesterday that we as Adult Educators shouldn't discount the live event.

Our Business is Nothing Without Us

The last few weeks have been rough. As a business owner, there is an unspoken expectation to be always at full capacity. To be your best every day. To always be striving. Well, it is hard to be at your peak performance when you can't be. The past month and a half have taught me that. I have been struggling with some health issues. Nothing that will be life-altering but...

5 Common Mistakes When Giving a Workshop

Going to a workshop? Has this ever happened to you? You plan to attend a workshop because the facilitator has promised to share his or her expertise. You are eager to learn what they are offering so you can use those nuggets in your business or life in general. But you get there...

Your Course’s Essence

Congratulations! You are creating a course but have you thought of what its essence is? Yes, a course has an essence. Merriam-Webster defines it as “the basic nature of a thing: the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is.” A course’s essence is that basic purpose – the reason you are offering it – which makes...

Learn. Teach. Learn Some More.

Learning and teaching are two of my favorite things. And rightly so. As Seth Godin writes in his blog, Education is the Answer, when we change what we know, change what we believe, we can change our actions...

What I have Learned from April the Giraffe

I will admit it. I am a little obsessed with April the Giraffe. If you don't know who April is, she is the pregnant giraffe living at Animal Adventure Park in New York. And she is a global media sensation...

Customer Education. Why You Should be Doing It.

How many ads do you think we are exposed to each day? According to an article I recently read in Forbes, it can be anywhere between 3,000 - 20,000 a day. That's a lot of ads. And if it isn't useful...

Suffer from TMI?

I remember the first time I ever designed and facilitated a course. It definitely suffered from TMI – Too Much Info. I wanted to share everything I knew about the topic and being a rookie, I didn’t realize how overwhelming and frankly, boring it was for my audience. I know I am not alone in the TMI department...

Content Versus Value

The most frequent questions I am asked often center around content but never about value. How do I know if I have too much or too little content? How do I choose the content or how do I organize my content? I almost never get asked how can I make sure I am providing value...

The 5 Mantras of Course Creation

I have an appreciation for Mantras. Originally based in Hinduism and Buddhism, a mantra is a repeated word or phrase to help focus in meditation or a statement of one’s beliefs. I use Mantras to help keep me focused on the important stuff as well as channel the positive vibes in my life...

The Blanket of Doubt

Doubts. We all have them. Doubts if we are doing the right thing. Doubts whether we can accomplish our goals. Doubts if we are smart enough. Doubts whether something will work out...

The Power of the Sticky

3M should really be giving me a royalty in the company with all the Post-It notes I use in a run of a year. No generic or dollar store brands for this gal. I have Post-Its or as I usually refer to them – stickies- in all different colours, shapes and sizes...