TBF020 – Learner Engagement & Lies

This week we examine a couple approaches into Learner Engagement and also review a blog post that I wrote this week.

The first thing that we look at is the blog post that I wrote called How getting caught in a lie can make you a better trainer.  It started off as a reflective exercise that I did to examine specifically why we remember some of those larger life lessons.  You know, the ones you parents teach you, often by force.  If you were interested in what you heard on the podcast please read the post, linked above. Continue reading


How getting caught in a lie can make you a better trainer.

When we look back on our lives and think about the major ‘lessons’ that we’ve learned, we probably think of life changing events.  Perhaps, once, we were a reckless driver and we survived a terrible accident.  Or maybe we tried to get away with something and got caught (lets go with taxes and keep this light…).  Maybe it was something as simple as a grandparent telling you stories of their mistakes from the past and why you should adopt certain life-philosophies.  As different as they maybe, these are the lessons that we remember when we look back on our lives. Continue reading

TBF019 – Filler Words, Online Engagement & Jack Black

This week’s podcast is a bit of a mash-up of my two blog posts this week and an article written by Andrew Dlugan at the Six Minutes website, and another written by Lisa B. Marshall from LisaBMarchall.com .

FIller Words – What the heck are they?  Um, ah, uh, like, etc.  You know them and everyone uses them.  Often when we hear someone who doesn’t use them , they might be under suspicion of being a alien or a robot. A few is fine, too many is a huge distraction.   I would really suggest you have a look at the above links but I’ll still give you the skinny below. Continue reading


Online Instruction is like Stage Acting

Have you ever been to a play?  I’ve been in a couple (don’t laugh).  I’d like you to compare stage acting there acting you see on the silver screen. Maybe not the quality of the acting but the style.  Film acting can be very subtle.  Gary Oldman is one of my favorites and Tom Hardy, too.  Both men can barely say anything and audience takes away tons of information. Stage acting is very different out of necessity.  People at the back of the theater need to see that the actor is feeling or doing something and unless that something is exaggerated they’ll never know.  Even the make-up and wardrobe is exaggerated to convey information more easily.  Online learning can be like sitting at the back of a theater where all of the actors are underacting.  All of the subtle things we can bring to a face-to-face session are gone.  Inflection of voice, gesture of hand, raise of eyebrow…make-up of face. Continue reading

5 Things We Learned at The School of Rock


Since I’ve started the podcast and blog I’ve looked at many things through new eyes and looked for opportunities to learn everywhere.

I’ve talked about using stories as an opportunity to improve learning through observing the hero’s journey (Episode 13) and I’ve talked about enhancing the learning experience through the use of music (Episode 15).  I was sure if I was willing to blur the lines between education and entertainment  I would find something that mixed both.  I found The School of Rock.

Really, I found it again as it had been a while since I’d seen it and, granted, Jack Black can be very, well, Jack Black, sometimes I kind of like that.   Continue reading