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Why a Qualification in Training and Assessment isn’t necessary

Training and Assessment is a necessary function in all workplaces. Firstly let me start by stating that if you are working as a trainer or assessor for an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) then this post is not targeted at you. RTO trainers and assessors need the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (known as the [...]

The 3 real obstacles to innovation – Part 1

There's lots of talk about the importance of being innovative in business. Innovation is necessary for businesses to not only survive but grow and be sustainable in the long term. Innovation leads to better products, processes, reusing resources and waste and improving the competitive advantage of the business. Innovation is a hot topic especially in [...]

The top 10 techniques for Workplace Learning

What workplace learning techniques do you prefer? This question was asked during a recent survey. The top 10 answers showed that most people prefer: practical, hands on methods working in groups an interactive environment opportunities to experiment learning from mistakes problem-solving activities a clear why (benefit & purpose) humour & fun a relaxed environment an engaging presenter Research [...]

Why Training x Design might not be the right training provider for you

Is Training x Design the right training provider for you? If you’re looking for training that checks boxes – we’re not for you. If the primary reason for training is to fulfil a contractual obligations to your clients, suppliers or industry bodies, to complete compliance or any other reason that culminates in ticking a box [...]

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 [...]