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  • Dee Dee Cobb
    MAKING TRAINING FUN Training is either an act of magic or the kiss of death for participants. The single greatest key to preserving your magic act is to
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 9, 2001
      MAKING TRAINING FUN

      Training is either an act of magic or the kiss of death for participants.
      The single greatest key to preserving your magic act is to remember the
      first rule of magic:

      "Above all things, the magician IS, first and foremost, an entertainer." So
      should the trainer be. Here are some basics you should consider to ensure
      that your training is as entertaining as it is educational.

      *Open with a mixer. Get everyone's name. Get everyone's hobby. Get something
      interesting about your participants. It makes them feel a part of the
      program.

      *Depending on the volume of participants, ALWAYS do (at minimum) the
      'virtual'handshake. Extend your hand in the speaking participant's
      direction, and have your participant do likewise. Simultaneously, shake one
      another's hand without making contact. You'll 'connect,' and, odds are,
      you'll get some polite laughs.

      *Create and maintain a training program that is as interactive as humanly
      possible. Research has shown that truly participating members of a training
      seminar are more likely to view the presenter as credible and, consequently,
      attach value to the material.

      *Don't be afraid to stir up the traditionalist in the group. To paraphrase
      something brilliant read elsewhere, the past is a point of reference, not
      residence. Stirring up the group's resident historian (often times
      accomplished by simply challenging the popular conventions of the
      organization) gains you immediate feedback from the group. "That's not how
      we do things around here." Stir up the resident historian by making him/her
      think outside the box. At
      minimum, it makes for incredibly lively conversation.

      Source: Ed Zimmerman, management consultant

      This article appeared in the SmartBiz.com News, Issue #45, July 1, 2000







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