Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Best Train-the-Trainer Book Out There!

If you facilitate groups on a regular basis (teachers, student leaders, workshop facilitators, corporate trainers, etc.) you need to invest in this book! I have read many of books like this throughout my 15 years of speaking and this one blows the rest out of the water! It is written specifically for teachers, but the learning principles are applicable across the board - particularly if your end goal is audience engagement, content retention and post-session behavior change!

Quantum Teaching: Orchestrating Student Success
Bobbi DePorter, Mark Reardon, Sarah Singer Nourie

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Don't Bury the Lead

In journalism there is a principle called "burying the lead." This is where rookie writers hide or don't even know the main interest story in the story. They bury it down the page and readers get lost early and lose interest. Great journalist know that they need to start with the lead, throw it out there early, spark your reader's interest and then spend the rest of the words on satisfying this interest.

As speakers we need to remember this principle. Start with your primary point. Spark their interest. Get them asking questions. Make it relate to them. Give your audience a reason to listen to you and they will!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

How to Communicate Like a Master

Here are three traits of improvement to learn how to be a masterful communicator (Masterful Communication is one of the ten PLI Essentials...)




How do you get there?

Confidence as a communicator is achieved through specific experience (understand what type of communication you need to be great at and then practice that) and by keeping your focus on others (the less you think about yourself, the less you think about how you can't do something or don't know something, etc.)

Clarity is achieved by communicating in concrete terms and by keeping your message very simple. Every communicator and speaker should read, re-read, and then re-read again Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.

Commitment is achieved by deciding to deliver every time you have a communication experience that you know you need to hit out of the park and by deciding to improve your communication abilities every day.