Be specific

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 by

When we express ourselves using “general terms”, we run the risk that those listening do not really know what we mean or what to do. For example,  “you never do it right”, “don’t do it like that”, “I love your work,” “you should try to be like him”. None of these give us much information.


Tuesday, 31 May 2016 by

Have you ever played statues? The other day I tried it in class and it was fun and effective. Look for an uncomfortable position in which to stand. I told the participants that it would not move me until they gave me the right answer to the question I was asking. Not only did they

Come with me

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 by

During a training we hardly have enough time to practice all we would like to or even to assimilate everything we have learned. Something very useful is to assign learning buddies. Ask participants to find a partner to work with. It usually works better if they are people with whom they share something, they communicate

Ask for volunteers

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 by

Not everyone likes to be exposed in public and participate actively in a class. Sometimes, in small groups it’s easier, but if it comes to taking an active role in plenary, it still may be complicated. You can ask participants that those who want to take a more active role, to let you know. How?

The people with best management skills are not always the ones who are promoted. Not all supervisors know how to communicate with their employees, resolve conflicts, motivate them, etc. Why don’t you ask supervisors to draft the “Decalogue of the good supervisor”? As they write it, they will reflect over the qualities they should practice

The best experience

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 by

What has been the best class of your life? Surely you remember it well despite it was long ago. I am sure you know perfectly well why you were touched. We must ensure that the class is not just a training, but an experience. For participants it has to be a space to connect, one

I see it better now

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 by

Lately I refuse to use PowerPoints presentations. What I do is prepare a class through drawings. I use sheets of flipchart paper, to illustrate the key concepts we will cover in class and hang in them around the room before participants arrive. As they enter through the door they are surprised to see all walls

Who are you?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 by

Do you like costume parties? We can turn a class into one, a theme party! Ask participants to come dressed up with something related to the subject to be treated in class. If Count Dracula comes to a class on how to rationalise working hours, or a little girl with braids to speak on equality

What skills do I need?

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 by

There are times when interpersonal skills are not taken into account when promoting a supervisor. For example, their ability to communicate, resolve conflicts, empathy etc. Even supervisors themselves are not aware that they need those skills to carry out their work effectively. Write as case studies for class conflictive issues that need to be solved.

My work is like …

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 by

We always say that metaphors help express feelings, understand concepts, visualize situations, ultimately, that they are very useful in training environments. Another class activity could be to ask participants to define their work with a metaphor. For example: “My work is like carrying chains on my feet”; “My work makes me fly above the mountains”


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