Techniques

Check for Understanding

A tool that I learned back in 2013 from Sharon Bowman’s Training from the BACK of the Room was called “check for understanding”. The basic concept is that trainers are better off checking for understanding over asking if there are…

Exercise: First Letter; Last Letter

One of my primary speaking sessions lately is centered around helping people start learning through experiencing and not being told.  I’ve enjoyed this session and the results so much that I’m going to do a series of posts that highlight…

Self-care as a leader

In my recent appreciation post for Sam, I mentioned self care. I thought I would share some of the self care approaches I’ve leveraged throughout the years. Exercise: You don’t have to become a marathon runner or enter a Spartan…

Exercise: Self-Organization

One of my primary speaking sessions lately is centered around helping people start learning through experiencing and not being told.  I’ve enjoyed this session and the results so much that I’m going to do a series of posts that highlight…

Fast Friends

In the last post, I mentioned that I would never use this tool.  I figured I should probably explain why as I do think for most teams this is a wonderful tool in general. What is it… Fast Friends Protocol is…

Bad Jokes

I was at my long time friend’s home for this past Thanksgiving.  He also works in the software development industry. So he was telling me about how his team is doing and we were discussing how he could challenge them…

Break Until 2019

I may have a theme starting for my final post of the year…post-it related present: Ready? This is Flip Chart Post-it Sticky Paper related.  It’s best to write your labels at the top of the flip chart paper.  Why?  Well,…

Exercise: Mind Trick

One of my primary speaking sessions lately is centered around helping people start learning through experiencing and not being told.  I’ve enjoyed this session and the results so much that I’m going to do a series of posts that highlight…

Facilitation Trick: Walking nearby

In excitement for our upcoming new course centered around facilitation skills (announcement coming very soon), I’m starting a new series (pet peeves, exercises, now this…) on little facilitation tricks that leaders can leverage. A common challenge facilitators face is side…