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I am a big advocate for fun in all aspects of life. For me, if you don’t love what you do, and have fun doing it, you are not really living… you are merely existing. However, I recognise that there are factors that will sometimes prevent us from being involved with activities that we are really passionate about.

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 Marc with Training Magazine Group Publisher, Joyceann Cooney-Garippa at the Leadership Summit in San Diego                                                                                                                                                          I have just returned from a Leadership Summit in Sa
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The 2009 list of Best Companies to Work for in Australia was recently announced by The Great Place to Work™ Institute and BRW magazine. This year, MRWED Training and Assessment featured in the Top Ten (at number eight) with high profile businesses such as Google (#1) and Russell Investment Services (#3). As a small business owner and one of only five Queensland-based businesses listed in the top 50, it is an honour to be placed so highly. Furthermore, we were proud to have out-gunned big names like Deloitte (#11), Coca Cola (#20) and Yahoo (#21).

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I was in Sydney today at the AITD Conference and I had the opportunity to speak on my popular workshop "12 Proven Tricks to Spice Up Your Training". As a trainer we often think that the only tool we have in our toolbox is a hammer. However, relentlessly bashing away at the content doesn't guarantee that students will take anything in. Sometimes it really is the case of beating the proverbial 'dead horse'. Adding games and other interactive exercises within training helps to build engagement and retention and supports the notion of learning through fun.

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As I come to the end of an Easter break with my family, I am reminded of the importance of getting away. Often we just live from moment to moment without stopping to just enjoy where we are and the company of those most special to us.
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We have just returned from Melbourne after a two-day validation workshop with our TAA training team. From the very beginning, I was reminded of the importance of having many heads and many eyes on the job.  We have some new resources which are going live later in April and the workshop was designed to iron out the kinks and ensure that everyone had buy-in to the changes/improvements. We also needed to confirm that the marking guides and trainer support kits were up-to-date and ready to use.
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What a month March has been for me personally. I spoke about learning styles at the DEEWR Big Skills confernce in Sydney, my 12 proven tricks to spice up your training at the DETA Partners in Smart Training and Assessment Conference on the Gold Coast and have just returned from LearnX in sydney where I spoke on the benefits and pitfalls of offshore delivery... Some of our best training and learning minds were on show over these events and the one thing that stood out for me, is  our sector is very stong.

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After many months of discussion... MRWED Blog is finally here! It will be a place to discuss all things training and assessment. I look forward to your input. We'll laugh and we'll cry, but most of all I hope we have a great time... which is always the MRWED way! You can follow me on twitter too - http://twitter.com/MRWED_CEO.  So much technology, so little time!

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