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In general, it seems that educators as a group are slow to adopt new technologies as invariably they conflict with the “cannon of convention”. There is often push down from above to justify the cost and criticism from others that say it is only the “latest fad” and will pass. Therefore, the role of the classroom innovator can be a lonely and often unpopular one.

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Trainers will often encounter unmotivated students. Unfortunately, this can lead to classroom management issues ranging from nodding off in class to more overt disruptions like making phone calls and talking to others during the trainer’s presentation. Since motivation is not intrinsic for every student, trainers can be challenged to find ways to motivate them.

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This week I presented my popular workshop on “12 Proven Tricks to Spice up your Training” at the VELG National Conference in Melbourne. In the presentation I discussed the importance of engaging the audience and finding the balance between attraction and distraction. Essentially we want to distract them to our training, not distract them from our training.
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In my Yours in Training ezine this month I discussed how to minimise the negative affect of a “dominator”, and thought this topic would also make a great blog post.
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We have been getting a lot of press this week about our comments on training your way out of the downturn… at the same time, I happened upon this quote from Charles Darwin: “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”. The two have come into alignment for me this week and got me reflecting on what responsible CEOs should be doing. Let’s face it, the rules of changed, the game has changed, and if we don’t change our approach to business, we will be on the endangered list. Put simply, we can’t do what we’ve always done.
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With so much changing in the e-world, it is worth checking out how you personally fair in the digital stakes. Building your digital brand is now as important as having an email address or website. Generation Y are particularly clued into how their digital brand affects their interactions with the world and their opportunities for success, but I think everyone could benefit from learning how to connect to and connect through digital media.
 

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