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Trainers, do people believe you?

What makes a trainer credible? What sets apart one specific presenter as different to the others? Why can we be transfixed on one person, nodding our heads in agreement with every point raised and have a skeptical eye on another? At work it seems we get bombarded with many different people "presenting" themselves; their views, [...]

How to deal with difficult people at work

Do you deal with difficult people at work? What makes them difficult to work with? What is the difficulty that you experience when interacting with them? We don't usually choose the people we work with. So the likelihood of not feeling 'connected' to some people at work is high. If you're finding it hard to [...]

How to get more time for what you want

At a recent Time Management workshop that I delivered I asked the participants this question: What do you want more time for?   Out of 60 responses the results were: Sleep = 7 Work = 7 Travel = 9 Hobbies = 7 Personal projects = 10 Friends/family = 15 Why do we want to spend [...]

The Secret of Measuring Training Outcomes

What's the secret of measuring training outcomes? How do you do it?   I read a comment yesterday in response to an article about the importance of measuring the impact that training has on the business. The comment was about why the article didn't share the metrics that should be used when measuring training outcomes. This [...]

Does the ANZAC spirit exist in workplaces today?

Today the 25th of April we celebrate ANZAC day. We pause to remember the day and pay tribute to the thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed in Turkey and were killed by an army that knew they were coming. But that’s not why we celebrate ANZAC day. We celebrate because of what [...]

Funding for Training in Australia 2015

Are you eligible? Its been a busy start to the year with both Federal and State governments announcing new programs for funding training. Are you eligible? What do you have to do to get one? Do I need to pay out of pocket? Well it depends if you're employer funded or self funded, if the [...]

Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

Friday 20 March 2015 is the UN International Day of Happiness What makes you happy? Did you know that 87% of people would prefer to live in a society with the greatest happiness rather than the greatest wealth! But we are bombarded with so many fake and misleading images of happiness in adverts and the media [...]

Developing leadership skills in technical leaders

I had an interesting conversation with a prospective client recently. Many leaders in their organisation are technical experts who are struggling to develop leadership qualities. When the personality strengths of a person don’t naturally align with leadership attributes then what happens? Do they stay in their technical role and not attempt a leadership pathway? Do [...]

Giving Feedback – Praise the effort

How many different ways can you say "Great Job"? It's the question I posed to my training group yesterday when we were discussing how to give positive feedback effectively. The responses included: Well Done Good work Thanks for your effort today I really liked how you ..... You achieved your KPIs today - well done [...]

Merry Christmas from Training x Design 2014

What a year 2014 has been for Training x Design. This year we traveled all over Australia to Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Bathurst, Melbourne, Minlaton, Burra and Adelaide of course. We've met many people and changed many hearts and minds along the way. Here's an overview   We're already gearing up for an even better 2015. [...]