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Entries for March 2013

Have you ever attended a dolphin show? If so, did you notice that each and every time a dolphin completes a trick, it receives praise? Whether it’s a hug, a tap on the nose or a treat, the trainer is always there to provide positive reinforcement.

How often does this happen for the rest of us?

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With budgets remaining tight and the investment in training being questioned, training professionals cannot leave anything to chance.

Do you promote or “sell” both your product (the training) as well as your own skills and abilities (the trainer)?

Here is a brief story that explains the power of the combined package.

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Do you seek out and expose the truth, or do you please people by telling them what they want to hear?

Consider this story:

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Quick Tip #2: Do You Fly Blind After Training?
Imagine an F16 fighter plane primed and ready to be flown by a well-trained pilot. The plane speeds down the runway, climbs quickly into the sky, and as it begins its first turn, the pilot shuts down the radar and radio. He is now “flying blind.” Who would do that? Unfortunately, scores of training professionals “fly blind” in a similar fashion after delivering training programs.

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