Shut up. I’m trying to learn.

I’m a bit of an attention whore. So when I was learning about training in school and first heard the phrase, ‘guide on the side, not sage on the stage’ I was a little disappointed.  I wanted to have a career where I could be the centre of attention.  Since I’m not musically gifted, I landed on training.  The more I learned about the profession, the more I realized that it’s not about me.  It wasn’t about me at all.  When a training experience is learner centred, the trainer shouldn’t be up there, chatting away entertaining him or herself. It should be as focused on the learners experience, both in the past and in the classroom as possible.

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TBF021 – The Value of Failure

We take a look at the value of failure this week.  I do a little sharing with my own personal failures and value that I took away from them.  We also look a couple exercises that you can do to find the value in your own personal short comings.

We start off by talking about an article that I read on Lifehacker, written by Thorin Klosowski. The article is about his To D’oh list.  It’s a pretty good way to look at instant review of errors. Continue reading


Fail is the New Win

I’ve been thinking about my mistakes lately.  Not because I’ve been making more of them, I’d say I’m running par for the mistake-layden course.  But because I’ve been seeing more value out of them.  This is not the first article that you’ll see about learning from mistakes but I think I’ve got a few things the add to the list.

Let’s briefly examine why average looking folks, like you and I (or at least me), occasionally find ourselves resenting overly attractive people.  Beautiful women get doors opened for them, literally and figuratively, simple because they are beautiful.  Same goes for men, by having a strong jaw, broad shoulders and a full head of hair they find themselves Continue reading

TBF005 – Self Awareness. Take a good, hard look at yourself.

This week we explore Self Awareness and the importance of it for educators.

The first thing that we discuss is the Johari Window and it’s importance for self exploration. We also look at a few things you can do to share a bit of yourself with other which, of course, leads to better relationships. Here’s a link to the wikipedia article for JoHari Windows.  And here is another that I found as part of a slide presentation. Continue reading